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Head Rev 90 (2014)

Head Rev 90 (2014)
Official Selection 2014
Tester's Review

You don’t have to peg the speedometer to coax thrilling carves from the Rev 90, which on groomed snow prefers short- and medium-radius turns. It’s that easily accessible excitement that led one tester to proclaim that it “offers infinite possibilities to aspiring experts.” It has the dimensions of an East Coast one-ski quiver, but Westerners will also love it for those inter-storm days. “So easy to ski,” said another. “A total confidence builder.”

Skiing's Notes:
The Rev 90, with its 90 mm waist, is a metal-free construction that Head says is built for all-terrain ease-of-use on a versatile platform. It's only sold flat (no binding). The REV series is a broad collection of frontside-oriented all-mountain skis ranging in width from 105 mm down to 70 mm. The signature technology throughout the series is Head's ERA 3.0 design philosophy. The "3.0" refers to the fundamental triad of radius (ie. sidecut), rebound (ie. flex), and rocker. Head designs all ERA skis so that these three fundamentals work in harmony, specifically adding more width at the tip so that the introduction of tip rocker doesn't compromise turn initiation. Head's Allride Rocker combines 80-percent camber for edge and rebound with 20 percent tip rocker for soft-snow flotation and shock absorption. Higher-end models in the family (80 mm and up) feature Head's Sandwich Cap Construction (wood-core laminate layup with shortened vertical sidewalls, for edge grip, topped by rounded cap-construction shoulders, for a touch of forgiveness). The fatter REV models are sold flat; narrower ones are sold as systems (with binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $700.00
PRICE (MAP): $599.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
AwardsOfficial Selection
Lengths149, 156, 163, 170, 177, 184
Rating: Stability at Speed3.35 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.56 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.65 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.54 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.99 / 5
Rating: Energy/Liveliness3.09 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.32 / 5
Rating: Versatility2.82 / 5
Rating: Overall3.05 / 5