Head Dream 9.5 One (2011) - Ski Mag

Head Dream 9.5 One (2011)

Though it’s part of the Dream line, the 9.5 gets a roomier—and somewhat less responsive—fit shape. It won’t envelope the foot as snugly, or drive a ski as precisely, as the Dream 12.5 (see previous), but it’s a good value for reasonably competent women who prize comfort above all and are content to cruise the groomers at modest speeds.
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Head 9.5 One

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Price: $540.00
Year: 2011
Level: N/A
Gender: Female

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