Al Morgan, the Club's Kit & Equipment expert, puts the Head Supershape i.Magnum through it's paces to see if really is as good as the old model.
The Head i.Supershape Magnum won many awards. For winter 2016-17 winter season Head made some significant changes to this ski, so we were very excited to test it in March 2016. We had loved the previous version, the iSupershape Magnum, and it had won a Top Performer award in our Piste Performance test for quite a few years. Any major change to such an iconic ski can really stir interest and sometimes it pays off and sometimes change does not make a product better.
When we tested the new version, the Supershape i.Magnum (can you spot the difference in the name?), with a change to the shape and construction of the ski, it didn’t light us up like the previous version had. Head had made some comparable changes to other skis in their line-up with great success that season so the fact the i.Magnum was not so on-the-money was a little odd. The ski did not run and grip like it should, and we put this down to servicing of the ski (this can make an astounding difference to how a ski behaves, even if the degree of edge or base angle is only half a degree different), so I really wanted to get back on this ski and see if it was servicing or if they had not got the balance of construction, technology and shape quite right in this model.
I therefore contacted Head in the UK to see if I could retest the ski, and they kindly provided the 2017-18 ski in 170cm for me to test, on my family trip to Tignes in December 2016. The only change to this ski from the 2016-17 version is a graphic change on the ski. I received this straight out of the factory – it was still in the film wrapper. I mounted the bindings and headed off to the Alps.
So, how did the iMagnum perform? Well, if you don’t want to read any further then in summary this ski is all I had hoped for when I first met the updated ski in January 2016. Even though 170cm is a short ski for me it gripped superbly well, had plenty of rebound from turn to turn and was really accessible if you wanted to take it easy. At top end speeds, even on this relatively short ski, stability was superb and I never felt like the ski needed to be longer. If you’re after a piste performance ski, are an upper intermediate level skier or higher then you really should consider this ski.
My opinion of this ski was confirmed when the Ski Club’s test team put the 2017-18 version through it’s paces in March ’17 in Kuhtai. Once again the i.Magnum was back on the podium. What a ski! You can read our test report here.