Ski Review 2019
SKI REVIEWS 2019
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Head Kore 93 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Already scoring well last year, the Kore 93 came first this year in softer spring snow conditions, which means it's made a well-deserved entry among the top-performing benchmarks in this All Mountain freeride segment like the Stormrider 95, the Mantra or the Enforcer 100.
The ski is extremely versatile. It’s a true all-mountain ski that's as happy on freshly groomed runs as on deep or crusty snow.
It's remarkably accessible, including on tricky terrain and is particularly docile. You'll get to grips with it immediately. Forgiving and intuitive, it asks for very little from the rider.
It's extremely enjoyable and a lot of fun, especially on soft snow where snow/ski contact is remarkable.
However, it remains solid when you put on the pressure and up the pace. The ski is responsive and grippy and is "very consistent in turns" according to the reviewers.
The Kore 93 is a very successful ski, displaying a combination of user-friendliness, really easy handling and a playful character.
We recommend it for a wide range of riders, from intermediate looking to take their first steps off piste to experts who want a good combination of comfort and performance.
Recommended by our reviewers!
Liked: Excellent off-piste behaviour
Accessible and intuitive
Disliked: Needs some speed for best results...
Head V-Shape 4 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
PROSKILAB only reviews the very best skis on the market and so if the V-Shape 4 from Head is in last place, it's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and its score shows that the ski has real qualities.
It's a high performer but less forgiving than the other skis in this category, so it's not easy to do well in a programme that looks for user-friendliness above all.
The ski's overall performance is good and its behaviour is consistent.
The ski is quite stiff for the category and is very shapely, with a particularly narrow waist. The heel is extremely grippy, making snowplough and stem turns trickier to handle. On the other hand, the ski provides extra heel pressure for perfectly carved turns at low speed, which makes it an excellent ski for riders looking to improve their carving skills.
The V-shape 4 is a good ski for relatively good riders who enjoy parallel turns. Less experienced riders should go for a more accessible ski like the Konic 78 or the Speed Zone 7.
Liked: Good all-round performance
A great carving tool
Easy and smooth for carving
Disliked: Riders need to know how to ski parallel turns
Not very forgiving
Head Supershape I.Magnum [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
The Supershape I.Magnum from Head has been a benchmark for several years and is a real market success.
Its reputation grew from its user-friendliness and facility when carving at medium speeds. These qualities were reiterated by PROSKILAB's professional reviewers. The ski is highly accessible and demands few technical skills. Turn initiation is easy, even if it isn't very incisive, and carving at medium speed is intuitive.
A flexible ski for this category, the Supershape I.Magnum doesn't quite make the grade in terms of pure performance, high speed or on the hard pack. Here, the ski finds it difficult to grip in the turn and the ride is less precise.
The Supershape I.Magnum from Head is a very good ski for intermediate to good riders who want to begin carving up to medium speeds on a user-friendly and forgiving ski.
Liked: Good rotation and turn initiation
Great carving potential
Comfortable up to medium speeds
Versatile skid turns/carving
Good snow/ski contact
Less grippy at fast speed
Weak rebound on turn exit
Lacks precision at high speed
Head Super Joy [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
The Super Joy from Head is a consistent ski that performs well and is happy in all types of ride, including at high speed. The ski is very responsive.
The reviewers felt that it didn't absorb uneven terrain as well as some models, making the ride uncomfortable on bumpy surfaces. It's a high-performing ski that demands a little technical skill.
The Super Joy is a great ski for good to very good riders looking for a model that's both efficient and reliable.
Happy in skid turns and carving
Responsive and fun
Disliked: Requires engagement to get the most from it
Slight lack of comfort, less efficient at absorbing uneven terrain
Head Monster 88 Ti [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
While the Kore 93 from Head shone in the all mountain/freeride category, the more piste-oriented Monster 88 found the competition stiffer in the midst of more versatile skis.
The reviewers praised the Monster 88's excellent behaviour on the piste. The ski was judged to be "a good piste ski", proving docile and grippy, and especially happy in short turns. The ski is accessible and very user-friendly.
Off-piste, its behaviour is correct with good flotation in powder, but it doesn't do quite as well as the Kendo, Pinnacle 85, Stormrider 88...
Despite its size at the waist (88mm) and its rocker, the Monster 88 can't hide its piste ski DNA. It's the perfect ski for intermediate to good riders who love whizzing down the groomers but would like a ski that can handle all snow conditions and that they can also use off the beaten track from time to time.
Liked: Well behaved on the piste
Good overall performance
Comfortable in short turns
Good float in powder
Disliked: Behaviour deteriorates at high speed
Less convincing freeride behaviour compared to some of the models reviewed
Turn initiation is not very intuiti...
Head V-Shape 8 [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Relatively flexible, the V-Shape 8 is closer to an adaptive ski, lacking some of the agility needed for this category.
The ski is really enjoyable as long as you don't try to go too fast.
Light, smooth, gentle and accommodating, it will forgive errors and deliver great sensations.
However, when you step up the pace on hard pack and steep slopes, the ski quickly shows its limits. Grip is less solid and turns start to wobble.
The V-Shape 8 is a good ski with the accent on accessibility and comfort at moderate speed. We recommend it for average to good, light to medium-size riders looking for pleasure and effortless performance mainly for leisure use.
Liked: A light ski
Enjoys carving at cruising speeds
Easy to handle
Performance more limited at high speed, on hard pack and steep slopes
Not suitable for heavier riders
Head Great Joy [click]
Type of ski :
With an impressive 98 mm underfoot, the Great Joy goes way beyond the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category.
This no-surprise freeride-style ski behaves well off-piste and has excellent float in powder.
Its behaviour on the groomed runs is fine, and the PROSKILAB reviewers especially liked the easy turn initiation and stability in long turns at high speed.
On the other hand, the reviewers regretted a lack of agility and a certain inertia. The ski turns well but kicks back little energy. It's demanding and needs to be steered.
The Great joy is a good ski for physically empowered riders for all mountain freeride outings.
Heavier, more athletic riders will probably prefer the excellent Kore 93 (in the right size), reviewed for men and best ski 2019 in the All Mountain freeride category.
Liked: Great in powder, good float
Behaves well on soft snow
Smooth long turn carves
Disliked: Less exciting on the piste