Pros: -Great Carve. -Little chatter at high speeds. Durable outer coating. -Quite versatile. Beautiful ski.
Cons: -Somewhat heavier than ski's of yester-year. -Advanced Binding Mounting System. -Somewhat Pricey
I began skiing some twenty-five years ago at the age of thirteen. My experience is limited to the United States... some East Coast, some West Coast. However, each year I find myself primarily on slopes found in the N. East. Upon hearing this one might expect me to be an expert skier by this stage of the game. Although that would be great, this is not the case, however. I'm somewhere between "above average" and "advanced". Some days I enjoy the [snow]bunnies; other days I enjoy the black diamonds. It all works out in the end.
In 1992 a work-related accident left me unable to walk without pain, let alone enjoy the slopes on my ancient straight skis. Eventually, I fell out-of-love with the sport for several years altogether until I met a person that made such a significant difference in my life that I felt compelled to try the slopes with total disregard for the hardware that currently holds my back together. Ah, yes... the things a guy will do for a girl. After several years of wondering if my body could take the punishment of a cartwheel down Northface I headed back to the white stuff and offered my body to the snow Gods once again. The fourth or fifth time down the hill that day proved, in fact, that my body could still take a beating after all those years. Awesome! ;-)
Earlier this season when skiing was at its peak and the price of skis were at unbelievable retail levels [duh] I purchased the Intelligence i.C160 after reviewing/researching several other brands, makes, and models. After putting claim to my first set of shaped skis I've been lucky to hit the slopes at least once each week and each time out I am increasingly impressed with the technology put into these skis.
This ski is noticeably heavier than most skis of yester-year because of the internal technology involved with making the Intelligence Series. With the increased weight, however, comes the ability to be versatile in a variety of speeds and snow conditions. The iC160's carve in and out of turns quite flawlessly and readily adapt to a variety of conditions. With very little time on these skis the average-to-advanced alpine skier will likely see a drastic improvement in his/her level of skiing regardless of their interests.
The mounting system with this ski is much different than older models. The iC160's have a singular mounting screw that adapts to your specific style and skill level. Truly amazing to use. The downside is that older bindings will eventually become obsolete like everything else, of course. The way I figure it, however, purchasing new skis every twenty years isn't so bad... nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. Me? Cheap? Heck... I've been known to squeak when I walk. ;-)
Aside from the fact that I am beginning to sound like a factory rep for Head Skis... rest assured that I am not [although one can wish, right?].
The package I opted for was somewhat pricey for me... but you know what they say, "You get what you pay for." Mind you... I could have waited until those summer specials at the local ski shop but with the winter the N. East is currently having... why wait?
In this case... there is no doubt. The iC160's are a phenomenal, all-around performance ski.