Head Cyclic 115 (2014)
Fat skis don't do bumps? The Cyclic 115 does - a measure of how extraordinarily nimble it is. Testers uniformly praised its agility in tight spaces, ranking it No. 3 in the category for Quickness. A quick-pivoting, low-swing-weight feel and supple, buttery tip and tail rocker make it easy to stay on top of in rough terrain. That was especially true of our ultra-manageable 181-cm test length, though testers suggested big guys who charge might want the extra stability of the 191. Rogan: "Very quick for a big fella. And not easily knocked around."
The Cyclic is a centimeter narrower, and thus quicker and a shade more versatile than the 125-mm Turbine, with the same 19-meter radius sidecut shape, which is fairly tight for a ski this wide. (Note: Despite the names, the Cyclic 115 is actually 113 mm wide, and the Cyclic 125 is 124 mm.) Tip and tail rocker give it good flotation in deep snow, but the narrower waist will be more manageable over a broader range of snow conditions. The four-model Freeski collection features powder-ready skis ranging in waist widths from 125 mm (Turbine) down to 95 mm (Venturi). All models feature camber underfoot for hardsnow carvability. Wider skis in the line offer progressively more pronounced tip and tail rocker for flotation and smeariness in powder. Less rocker is implemented in the narrower models for more conventional all-terrain versatility. To save weight in skis this wide, Head builds all Flight Series with fiberglass reinforcement only (no metal). All feature Head's Sandwich Cap Construction, which features low sidewalls for positive edging, tempered by a more forgiving cap construction on top. All models feature TTS, or Tip and Tail Stabilizer System. It's the distinctive exoskeletal structure of the Flight series models, with raised ribs placed so as to prevent twisting. This allows the thickness of the ski to be reduced at the extremities, thus reducing swing weight. Rubber is also incorporated into the TTS structure to dampen vibrations and reduce the "tip flap" that often occurs with rockered tips. The result, Head says, is positive tip-to-tail edge engagement throughout the turn. All Head Freeski Series models are sold flat (no binding).
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||171, 181, 191|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||2.81 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.19 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||1.91 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.02 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.58 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.44 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||2.98 / 5|