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Waist Width: 105
The Collective 105 is the middle ground ski in the Freeride series, with a 146 mm tip, 105 mm waist, and 128 mm tail (at 181 cm). These dimensions are designed for powder skiing for the most part, but the practical waist is built to allow for optimal carving on the less deep days. The ski's 17.5 m radius (at 181 cm) is also designed with versatility in mind, intended for a wide variety of turns depending on what the day presents you with. All of the other skis in the Freeride series use TNT Rocker, Head's most aggressive rocker profile that lifts both the tips and tails off the ground. But the Collective 105 has Allride Rocker, which lifts just tips up and over powder and other varied terrain, while keeping the tail locked down on the ground. This design is intended for improved turn initiation and floatation. For something similar but wider, check out the Cyclic 115 and Turbine 125. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Venturi 95. The Freeski series is Head's most powder-focused series, with waist widths ranging between 95 - 124 mm. Sandwich Cap Construction is designed to hold everything together no matter how hard you're charging with a variety of materials including Graphene (Head says this is "the strongest, lightest and thinnest material known to mankind") and titanal, collectively designed for responsiveness and power. This construction also features a cap that wraps over part of the sidewall, intended to prevent edges and sidewalls from catching on variable snow. If you're a fan of skiing deep snow, jumping off cliffs, and barreling through chutes, this might be the best series Head has to offer you. Head, based in Kennelbach, Austria, was founded in 1950. Its U.S. headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.