|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|On Snow Feel|
Head Venturi 95 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
The Head Venturi 95 is one of my top picks for the all-mountain narrow category because it has some awesome versatility, and will probably work as a daily driver for a lot of different skiers. It’s a ski that feels energetic and lively on groomed terrain, and yet has the capability to play off piste. Although similar, I preferred the Venturi over the Icelantic Nomad 95, and it compared really well to the Liberty Origin 96. The Venturi really is one of the more versatile skis in this category, and will cater to intermediate and advanced all-mountain skiers that want to ski all over the mountain.
Head Venturi 95 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Size: 181 cm
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Bumps, Trees
Ski Personality: The Head Venturi is a versatile all-mountain carver that has a powerful and playful side. It didn’t excel in any one area, but was extremely well rounded. I could easily see this becoming a daily driver for skiers all over.
On the Snow Feel: I would say the Head Venturi has a semi-stable feel. As a carver it’s locked in, but it has just enough of a playful side to let loose and have a little fun off piste.
Powder: As part of Head’s Freeride collection, the Venturi is built to with off piste skiers in mind. At 95 mm underfoot, the Venturi isn’t going to have amazing float, but the rocker profile is designed to give you a bit more maneuverability and freedom in deeper snow. The ski is relatively stiff underfoot, slightly softening as you extend towards tip and tail. Combined with almost 40% rocker between both ends, the ski feels loose and maneuverable in soft snow. The tip and tail also do a pretty decent job planing in the powder, but again at 95 underfoot, it just doesn’t have the waist width to float really well. I’d put this up there with some of the best in the category for powder, and if this is the only ski you own, it will be perfectly fine. Just don’t expect this be super easy or fun on really deep or heavy powder days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I think I would describe the Head Venturi as a ski that is responsive, and smooth in initiation, and powerful and exciting when finishing a turn. The ski is moderately stiff, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it super forgiving. Still, I found that the side-cut and tip rocker work well together, and when tipping it on edge the ski feels smooth and predictable. Really laying it on a high angle rewarded me with a lively and energetic rebound, and at 16m the turn radius, carving was fun and exciting. I Was pretty impressed with the carving ability here, and would put this as on of the top carver in this waist width. Really strong ex-racers types will probably find it slightly under-powered, but intermediate to advanced recreational skiers will probably really enjoy the feel. I think I can best sum this ski up by saying that the reward is quite big for the effort. Best of all, I found that I could vary turn shape, and that the ski has just enough power and stability to open up and make longer radius turns.
Speed: I found the Head Venturi to be solid at speed, but it does have a speed limit. I found the ski to have a light weight feel, yet strong and powerful enough to handle high speed turns. Still, the ski has a pretty significant amount of tip and tail rocker, and it can sometimes feel a bit loose at times. having that much ski off the snow can also make it feel slightly less stable at speed. I Never really noticed any tip chatter, but I did find myself slowing down a bit if I let them run too fast.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I really like the construction of the Head Venturi for skiing off piste. Sure it’s not as wide as I normally like (prefer 103-108mm), but the tip and tail are rockered just enough to roll over variable terrain smoothly, and the ski is stiff enough to really help absorb the terrain. I found that I could cut through softer chop easily on edge, and the ski never felt hooky or catchy. When coming across harder chop and crud, I found myself taking a bit more bases flat approach and rolling over and absorbing the terrain. This ski is a hard charging crud buster, but it’s certainly capable at moderate speeds. I also found the ski playful enough to get creative in chop and roughed up variable terrain, bouncing off and over bumps or piles of snow.
Edge Hold: Again, I found the Head Venturi to have good, but not great edge hold. The ski has 60% camber underfoot, and a stiff enough construction to feel powerful and stable on edge. Still, I found the ski more fun on softer snow, and noticed a bit more chatter when carving hard on really hard or icy steep terrain.
Bottom Line: This is one of my favorite skis for the intermediate to advanced all-mountain skier that is looking for a daily driver. The Head Venturi is a moderately powerful and energetic carver while still retaining a semi-playful side. It’s damp enough to handle moderately high speed turns, and was certainly capable off piste in variable terrain. I think this could be a good fit for playful skiers that also like to carve, and aren’t planning on skiing full speed big lines all day long. I think it will cater to a moderately aggressive skier that likes to ski with more finesse than power, and wants to get a bit creative when off piste.
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