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Head 2018-19

Postby jbotti » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:26 pm

The 2019 Head ski website is now up. In addition to the V series which Harald skied and liked Head also has a softer Monster 88 and a softer Monster 83 with a tighter turn radius. ISL non RD and the SS i.Speed return basically unchanged.

https://www.head.com/us-US/sports/ski/

In Boots, the B2 is gone replaced by the R2 and R3 but they kept the B3, B5 and added a B4. The R2 looks very much like the B2. Unclear what changes were made.

https://www.head.com/shop-us/us-US/ski/boots/race.html/
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Re: Head 2018-19

Postby JBurke » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:58 pm

jbotti,
I don’t see any difference between the B3 and R3 specs. Do you know any reason a PMTS skier would choose the R3 over the B3?
Also I heard the 2019 I-speed was supposed to be less stiff than last year’s model? Any insight on that?
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Re: Head 2018-19

Postby Erik » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:10 pm

I looked at the B3 and R3 in the Head Race Catalog https://media.head.com/_11__/catalogues/203-5a68413a95e64/HEAD_Racing_2018-19_EN.pdf, The only advertised difference I can see is the Booster Strap, and those can be changed out.
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Re: Head 2018-19

Postby jbotti » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:25 pm

I don’t know enough about either to answer your question JB.

I will say that if the B3 fits and works well there is no reason to go to a different shell while they still make it. Those that are skiing the B2 will have no choice when it’s time for new boots. But I am guessing that the changes in the R2 are not that significant from the B2 . But I don’t know enough yet. Diana and Walker will start getting R2s and R3s in about a month. I will get the full run down from them when they arrive.
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Re: Head 2018-19

Postby ToddW » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 pm

When I was in the shop last March, I was told that the R series would differ by about a half a size in length from the B series and that Head had based the new mold upon a different WC skier's foot shape. Don't assume the same length will fit you in the two. If possible, compare the fit of the two in a shop before buying.
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Re: Head 2018-19

Postby jbotti » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:26 pm

That is consistent with what I was told as well. In a few months HSS will have fit several people in them and we I’ll have some more detailed info.

Wonder if it is Pinterault. It has to someone big for them to build a new last.
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