Back for 2016, the Head iSupershape Rally is an expert level ski for those who want to carve all over the frontside. It’s a demanding ski, but will reward good skiers with super-fast edge to edge transitions in powerful tight turns. It’s a ski that’s meant to go fast and hold an edge. It incorporates Heads KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). KERS stiffens the tail of the ski when exiting turns and increases rebound (see Heads website for more on KERS). It also incorporates Heads ERA 3.0 technology. This ensures that flex, sidecut, and rocker work together to produce the best ride. All of this sounds great, but how does it translate to on snow performance? In short, the Head iSupershape Rally is a fantastic frontside ski for advanced to expert skiers that love to carve the groomers.
2016 Head iSupershape Rally On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Groomers, Hard Pack, Soft Chop
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Head PRX 12
On the Snow Feel: The Head iSupershape Rally is a true frontside oriented ski. When skied at high edge angles and speed, it’s very locked in. When skiing at slower speeds or lower edge angles, the ski is actually surprisingly forgiving. The KERS system helps to stiffen the ski at certain times, but remains less stiff at other times. This allows the ski to be slightly more forgiving at slower speeds. That being said, this is still an advanced and experts only ski.
Powder: The Head iSupershape Rally is very much frontside oriented. At 77 mm underfoot, it’s a ski that is definitely out of place in the deeper snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Head built the i Rally with speed rocker (10% rocker, 90% camber). They did this to help initiate turns quicker, but I wouldn’t say this is an easy ski to turn. Now according to Head, KERS technology would allow the ski to be more flexible coming into a turn than coming out of it (The energy is released at the end of the turn). This would make the ski slightly more forgiving entering the turn. I can’t say for sure how much the KERS tech is really doing, but the ski did seem to be more forgiving at slower speeds. Now I wouldn’t necessarily say that this ski is forgiving. After all, it’s still a frontside ski that really likes to rail. However, at slower speeds and lower edge angles I found I could still turn the ski without a ton of effort. The small amount of rocker also allowed for some decent maneuverability. That being said, this isn’t a ski for the weak legged. This ski likes to rail. When at a high edge angle or high speed, this ski will definitely lay some trenches. Short radius turns were very fun, and the ski has a lot of rebound energy and power. I would say this is about as close as you will get to a race ski, without having to be a racer to ski it. With this ski it was most fun to just drive the skis hard, and let them explode into the next turn.
Speed: These skis are definitely built for speed. It uses Heads original Worldcup Sandwich Construction that utilizes a stiff wood core, titanal laminates, and phenolic (harder and damper than Ptex) sidewalls. It’s also built with Heads race structured UHM C base, which, according to them, is the fastest base on the market. This sturdy construction ensures a damp ride at high speeds. Just be sure to stay on your edges and on top of your game.
Uneven Terrain: A small amount of rocker in the tip (10%) and a slightly wider base (77mm) offer a bit more stability on the variable terrain, but don’t pretend you’re going to ski this in a lot of chop. In roughed up groomers, the i Rally was still a great ski, but the deeper the chop got, the more you’re likely to get bounced off course. Although the Head iSupershape Rally performed better than others in this category, it’s still not a crud busting ski by any means.
Moguls: The Head iSupershape Rally was actually pretty fun in the moguls. It’s a super quick ski from edge to edge, and the small amount if rocker in the tip allow you to initiate turns quicker than you would expect. Be aware, however, that the tail is quite stiff, and relatively flat, so unless you’re on your game at all times, the i Rally could throw you off pretty quickly.
Edge Hold: It’s important to remember that this is a frontside ski, and as long as you stay on the groomers (i.e. not roughed up snow) the Head iSupershape Rally has about as much edge hold as you would expect in a significantly cambered frontside oriented ski. Soft snow, hard pack, and even ice are no match for the Head iSupershape Rally.
Flex: I would consider the flex to be stiff to very stiff. It’s not quite as powerful as a world cup race ski, but it’s about as close as you’ll want to get.
The Head iSupershape Rally is a fantastic frontside carving machine. It has phenominal quickness from edge to edge, and a lot of rebound energy and power. It’s most at home with short to very short radius turns and high edge angles, but it doesn’t always have to be skied aggressively. At lower edge angles the ski is still maneuverable and relatively easy to turn, but this is definitely not a ski for the beginner or intermediate skier. It takes a lot of work to get this ski to bend, and when you exit the turn you better hold on tight. It handles the speed really well, but make sure to stay on the smooth groomers and on your edges. Although it can handle the variable terrain better than others in this category, it’s definitely not a fun ski in the deeper chop. In short, this ski is for those that like to make a lot of fun, energetic, and powerful turns down the mountain at higher speeds. It rewards great skiers, but won’t necessarily punish those that aren’t. Frontside skiers should definitely check out the Head iSupershape Rally.