Head i.Supershape Rally (2016)

2016 Head i.Supershape Rally

Rating: 2.83 / 5
Price: $1075.00
Year: 2016
Level: 4
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 76
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-76-109
Lengths: 149,156,163,170,177

Stability at speed: 3.38 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.38 / 5
Crud performance: 2.83 / 5
Flotation: 1.22 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.60 / 5
Overall: 2.83 / 5

The Rally leaves its mark on the hill-deep arcing trenches you can spot from the lift. This slender carver has the deepest sidecut among winners. Thanks to its massively broad tip, it dives into arcs greedily. And while it loves to be on edge and will finish every turn if you want it to, its relatively narrow tail is readily skiddable, making the Rally equally exciting and manageable, depending on your mood. Solid, smooth, luxurious, and stable. Rogan: "Plenty of edge grip and sidecut, and turn shapes are easily adjusted."

NOTES: The i.Supershape Rally is the second-widest ski in the Supershape Series after the i.Supershape Titan. It's a carving-focused ski, but equally intended for all mountain skiing with its 131 mm tip and 76 mm waist (at 170 cm). This tip is designed to be just big enough for mowing through powder and other varied conditions, while the waist is designed to be just skinny enough to rip turns on hardpack snow. Its 13.6 m radius (at 170 cm) is also quite short, designed for quick and snappy turns. For a similar ski that's slightly wider, check out the i.Supershape Titan. And for other similar carving-focused skis from Head, check out the i.Supershape Magnum and i.Supershape Speed.

The Supershape Series specializes in race-like skis designed to perform both inside and outside of the gates. WC Sandwich Cap Construction includes 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. Speed Rocker lifts tips up and off the ground earlier than a traditional ski, intended to initiate turns easier and avoid any hooking. KERS technology stiffens the tail on your way out of each turn, designed to keep edges locked down on the ground instead of getting tossed all over the mountain. Whether you're trying to catch up with Ted Ligety, trying to win your local beer league, or just trying to go make some smooth groomer turns, 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.