Head i.Supershape Titan (2014)
This pure trencher impressed all testers with its energy and hard-snow grip. An East Coast tester with a college-racing background called it “the best carver of the bunch.” Its exaggerated hourglass shape provides quick turn initiation and gobs of security on edge. Large tails added snap to turn finishes but hung up if we tried to smear out of a turn—which was fine, considering this ski is designed to meet skilled, expert carvers exactly where they want to ski.
Redesigned to incorporate Head's ERA 3.0 technology, the precision-carving Titan PR Pro is 2 mm wider this year, at 80 mm, with a wider tip and narrower tail and a touch of tip rocker. The new shape is designed to work perfectly with the ski's flex and sidecut to deliver automatic hookup in the tip, even at lower speeds and edge angles. The Titan is sold flat or with Head's 14-DIN high-end PRD 14S binding/plate system. The Supershape series is a family of four models of deep-sidecut, detuned race skis ranging in width from 66 mm to 80 mm and designed for uncompromised hard-snow carving and high speeds. It includes some of Head's most popular models, and incorporates key Head technologies, most notably the use of piezoelectronics to turn mechanical energy (the vibration of the ski at speed) into electrical energy, which is then used to stiffen fibers within the ski as needed for higher performance at higher speeds. Those special Intelligence fibers are used in the tip to progressively stiffen torsional rigidity as speeds increase, ensuring positive edge grip (though the ski remains relaxed at slower speeds, for greater forgiveness). Meanwhile, Intelligence fibers work in concert with an electronic chip in the tail to stiffen the longitudinal flex as needed for powerful turn exits and rebound across the fall line. All Supershape models are redesigned this year to incorporate Head's ERA 3.0 technology, in which Head pays special attention to making sure that rocker, sidecut and flex all work in perfect harmony. All models are built for maximum hard-snow integrity, with full sidewalls for edge grip; metal reinforcement for damp solidity at speed; and classic laminate layup for integrity.
|Lengths||156,163, 170, 177|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.97 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.55 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||4.13 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.90 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.98 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.94 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.86 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.36 / 5|