Cage Match Comparison 2023 Head Shape V8 vs 2023 Head Supershape eRally

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Here is a great sibling rivalry between two upper 70 mm carvers from Head, the reference Supershape eRally and its little brother, the Shape V8. These two skis could be very good frontside biased East Coast skis, or the narrow end of a two (or three) ski quiver for Western skiers. Both of these offerings from Head have a clear target skier in mind; the question is, are you one of them?
  • Why choose the Supershape eRally: You are a skier who is looking for power; hard snow connection in a tight turning ski is a priority for you.
  • Why choose the Shape V8: Lighter finesse skiers rejoice, Head's Shape V8 is a great carver that does not take a lot of effort to ski but is tremendously rewarding.
  • Insider tip: Step up to the optional Protector binding for addition knee protection.
 
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Thanks, Phil.
Seems like the V8 is also a good teaching ski for carving. It's sorta "fan" shape front end avoids most any risk of hooking or mis-timing issues with turn initiation, in the Line Blade/Sakana family of sorta fan-shaped easy carvers (which includes Bode Miller's fan-shaped Crosson 78 near-race ski, and the various K2 Disruptions).
 

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Is it fair to say that the V8 is suitable for a lower level skier...mainly a green & blue run skier, while the Rally is an any-groomer ski?

I had Rallys a couple of generations ago, before the i-Rally. Really liked them for all conditions up to ankle high soft snow. They did transfer average vibration to my bad knee. Now both the Rallys and that knee are gone, and this e-Rally may have much better vibration damping. My other Head e- skis damp vibration as well as much more expensive skis.
 

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Is it fair to say that the V8 is suitable for a lower level skier...mainly a green & blue run skier, while the Rally is an any-groomer ski?
Yes, the Shape V8 would be a better choice for the skier coming up. The e-Rally is a ski for the skier who is already there. Shape V8=learn your turns, e-Rally=burn your turns. The e-Rally is a more serious ski while the V8 is a friendlier, hold-your-hand kind of ski. That's not to say it is a wimp. It can carve quite well; it just doesn't have the top end of the e-Rally.
 

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How does the eRally compare to the iRally?

Specifically the 2019/20 iRally. These:
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Demo-ed the iRally and really liked them.
 
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How does the eRally compare to the iRally?

Specifically the 2019/20 iRally. These:
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Demo-ed the iRally and really liked them.
Read the review from the 2021 eRally when the change was made...

 

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Demo-ed the iRally and really liked them.
You'll like the eRally then. It has a very familiar iRally feel, but perhaps a bit more damp. The turn in isn't quite as abrupt; the hammerhead tip of the iRally has been calmed a bit. Still tons of grip, quick, and stable. It's a small evolution that makes the eRally a bit less aggressive.
 

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Read the review from the 2021 eRally when the change was made...


From that review had a question on how far in the direction of the iTitan did Head go? 'Cause MHO the iTitan was a fun ski for the groomers but not my ski of choice for bumps where prefer a much more playful ski - like, say, the 2018 Fischer GT (80 underfoot IIRC) or the iRally.

If the move towards the iTitan is just "versatility and float" without losing the playful feel that would be fine.

@Andy Mink - thoughts?

For ref, looking for a ski a little wider than the 68 underfoot currently using. But still under 80. Looking for a little more versatility this time around. Needs to be good for tech skiing and then suitable enough for bumps / all terrain. Western Canada. Will be my one ski quiver.
 

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From that review had a question on how far in the direction of the iTitan did Head go? 'Cause MHO the iTitan was a fun ski for the groomers but not my ski of choice for bumps where prefer a much more playful ski - like, say, the 2018 Fischer GT (80 underfoot IIRC) or the iRally.

If the move towards the iTitan is just "versatility and float" without losing the playful feel that would be fine.

@Andy Mink - thoughts?

For ref, looking for a ski a little wider than the 68 underfoot currently using. But still under 80. Looking for a little more versatility this time around. Needs to be good for tech skiing and then suitable enough for bumps / all terrain. Western Canada. Will be my one ski quiver.
I'm by no means a bump skier but I do better with skis that have more rise and are softer than any of the i or e series. Think along the lines of the new Rossi Experience 86Ti or Elan Wingman 86CTi. My feet are not fast enough to turn full or near full camber skis quick enough.

Re: the iTitan, I haven't been on that or the eTitan so I can't really compare.
 

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The 177 e.Rally is a bit more versatile and capable all over the mountain than the more groomer centric 177 i.Rally; While I prefer the better grip, quicker feel, and greater energy of the i.Rally, many folks will like the broader performance window of the e.Rally.
 

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I am an older (76) and lighter (160 lbs) eastern skier. The V8 has been the narrow hard snow carver for me since it was first introduced several years ago. Demoed the Rally and V8 back to back and liked them both a lot. Felt the V8 had almost all the performance of the Rally and suited me and my skiing a bit better. Still very happy with the ski.
 

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I spend a fair bit of time skiing with my wife, SIL and nieces. Love my i Titans, but always wonder if one of the V skis would be easier to bend into tighter arcs -- and let me spend less time waiting at the bottom of the hill.

But, they are tough to find for demo. Maybe I can find a pair in SV this year -- but my Wingman 82s are already serving this Quiver Spot pretty well.

For ref, looking for a ski a little wider than the 68 underfoot currently using. But still under 80. Looking for a little more versatility this time around. Needs to be good for tech skiing and then suitable enough for bumps / all terrain. Western Canada. Will be my one ski quiver.

Not quite your desired "under 80" but maybe consider the Rossi Experience 82 ti? I'm loving my 86 tis. Very versatile and accessibly "carvy".
 

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Blossom Whiteout, now called Blossom AM77, I think. It skis technically, on edge, but also is great in crud, bumps, soft bumps, and some powder.
A very versatile but high performance ski. (And you can always put a 1/3 tune on it instead of just a 1/2, if you want it more precise and technical even.)
 

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Not quite your desired "under 80" but maybe consider the Rossi Experience 82 ti? I'm loving my 86 tis. Very versatile and accessibly "carvy".

Already have a pair of Rossi Exp84 HDs (2017/18 lotta vivid yellow/black topsheets/bindings) sitting in my son's garage in Canada. Still have quite a bit of life in them and plenty of edge. They do everything ok-ish but nothing particularly well.

The new 82 may well be very different to that older version of the 84. However there'll be no chance to test any narrow-ish skis where I'll be so prefer to stick with something close to what I've tried.

Blossom AM77

Thanks for the recommend but gonna limit this to something that is at least close to what I've tried.
 
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