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  • Rippin' Rider Review:
    Head (Mad Trix Skis, Tyrolia SL 70 bindings, Head XTR boots)

    As Reported by Tyler from Madison, Connecticut (age 8)

    When I first got my Head skis I thought I would only practice on them. However, the skis, boots and bindings are so good I even race on them. When I raced on them two weeks ago, I got third in the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. I am going to go to the Mountain Dew finals at Loon Mountain Resort in New Hampshire.

    Right now Head is my favorite ski company in the whole wide world. So far this race season, I like my Head skis better in slalom than giant slalom. My J5 race coach says, "they carve like snow blades, but are just a little wide in the middle of the ski to be super fast edge to edge."

    I received the skis right around Thanksgiving. All we needed was snow. I had a chance to test them early at Powder Ridge and Sundown, both in Connecticut. I got a 4th place in the first run at the Sundown Stubbies race. I made it all the way down with no skids. I crashed and burned on the second run half way down. My coach said the skis carved more than I did and I couldn't keep up. I plan to improve my skill for the next race.

    How do they work? The skis are easy to use and perform well. I did notice that they are pretty heavy and I think that they should be a little lighter. I liked the wider tips. This allowed me to carve sharper turns so I could ski tighter slalom turns.

    The bindings (Tyrolia SL70) are great. The wheel in the front of the binding appears to make them pop off easier when I need them to. The design features look rad with the yellow boots. No improvements there.

    The boots (Head XTR) are awesome and I really like the flex. The four buckle boots fit better than my other boots. When I flex they stay with my leg. I love the bright yellow color. It matches my GS suit. Sometimes they are hard to take off though. When I unbuckle all of the buckles so that I can take off my boots and then I expand the shell, the buckle that is second from the bottom becomes latched again. I think that the buckle should be on a swivel so that it can turn out of the way and not get caught.

    I have used these skis at Okemo, Jiminy Peak and Powder Ridge. The conditions were packed powder to icy trails and I could carve a sweet turn with this gear. The other racers noticed my new gear and thought that the fat tips of the skis were pretty neat.

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