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2024 Head Supershape E-Original

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Size tested: 170cm
Location tested: Snowbasin
Conditions tested in: Groomer, well manicured zoomers

Head bills the E-Original as “the one that started it all”. It is very hard to argue with that claim. Even going back almost 2 decades since the original Supershape was introduced, it is hard to assert that isn’t one of the most influential skis of all time. The whole Supershape collection are still the skis that every narrow ski is compared against.

The E-Original has some big boots to click into, and while the e-Rally and e-Titan have taken over the spotlight of the SuperShape collection, it is still the e-Original that carries the spirit of them all. At 66 mm underfoot, the reaction of the E-Original is what brings skiers back to the Supershape’s narrowest offering.
  • Insider tip: Step up to the Protector binding.
  • One thing I would change: Sadly, the E-Original makes the E-Speed superfluous; drop it, it just creates a level of confusion. The Supershape series, needs to be a collection of four.
 
Who is it for?
Technical skiers who do not want to give the attention a FIS SL requires every run.
Who is it not for?
Power skiers will step up to offerings like the E-Pro. Those looking for versatility, the e-Rally or e-Titan are viable options.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. Race
  2. Frontside
Ski attributes
  1. Groomers
Segment
  1. Men

Specifications

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Available sizes
156, 163, 170
Dimensions
129-66-107
Radius
12.1m@170cm
Rocker profile
  1. Full camber
Size Scaling
  1. Dimensions
Construction design
  1. New graphics
  2. Carryover
Binding options
  1. System

Paul Frede

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I cant decide between this E Original in a 163 or the E SL in a 165. Any advice from the Head experts on here would be greatly appreciated. Also which one would you be more likely to buy off me in two years when I unload for the new model?
 

BullMcCabe

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I noticed this 66mm waist ski comes with an 85mm protector binding. Seems less than ideal brake for this width? https://www.corbetts.com/2024-head-supershape-e-original-sw-sf-skis-w-pr-13-gw-b85-bindings/

I'm a 240lb, slarving, skidding hack of a skier. Thinking of the 170cm to help me reform my ways. Thoughts? Other option is Stockli SC but I would prefer the protector binding.
Did you decide between these two? I am interested in the same comparison. I have skied Head and Stockli but neither of these two models.
 

Cheizz

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The Original is a touch softer than the Stöckli SC and has a much smaller radius (12 m @ 170 in the e-Original, 15 m @ 170 in the SC). The e-Original is short turn carve-only for lower speeds and shorter hills, the Stöckli SC is much more allround in use (turn shapes, turn styles, snow conditions).
 

François Pugh

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The Original is a touch softer than the Stöckli SC and has a much smaller radius (12 m @ 170 in the e-Original, 15 m @ 170 in the SC). The e-Original is short turn carve-only for lower speeds and shorter hills, the Stöckli SC is much more allround in use (turn shapes, turn styles, snow conditions).
Also both are for lighter skiers.
 

BullMcCabe

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True. If you have a bit more weight I'd go for Völkl Deacon 72 in 173 or something. Or, if you want more of a slalom feel, The Racetiger SL, Rosse Here Elite ST TI, Salomon SL 12 or similar.
Thanks all. Very helpful. I am heavier at 6’2”, 220lbs. Any comparison thoughts throwing in the e-Magnum at 72mm or the Blossom RC#1? I like the Supershape series and love my Blossom AM77. Just want to get narrower into my quiver.
 

tomahawkins

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Thanks all. Very helpful. I am heavier at 6’2”, 220lbs. Any comparison thoughts throwing in the e-Magnum at 72mm or the Blossom RC#1? I like the Supershape series and love my Blossom AM77. Just want to get narrower into my quiver.
I prefer the XC over the RC; I find the RC pretty soft. But if you like the AM77, the RC will be similar.
 

BullMcCabe

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Thanks. Ya, I do find AM77 a bit soft but don’t mind it as intended use is all-mountain. Going narrower I do want stiffer so will check out Blossom XC.
 

mikes781

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Yep if you want stiff the e-original isn’t it at your size. I’m your height and a little lighter but was a fair amount heavier when I bought mine, I used them as a go slow with my kids and work on my carving ski. Lot of fun for that but definitely felt like I had a low speed limit in them. It still use them but now my daily driver narrow skis are now Stockli WRT and to a lesser extent FIS SLs. Head e-Race Pro might be one to look at.
 
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BullMcCabe

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Thanks so much. Your feedback is really helpful. I have owned Stockli SR 95 & SR 88 and really enjoyed both. Will look at Stockli for the skinnier skis or the e-Race pro.
 

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