Expert level giant slalom skier Ell's rating of this ski:
Considering her skiers profile:
en-US - * - 3585
"The ultimate giant slalom ski has a very high stability, is heavy and stiff enough to cut through snow bumps at the and of the day. You always know where this ski goes: straight down until you give it a new direction!"
The Head Worldcup Rebels i.Speed is for those who want to do a lot of skiing on groomers, but overall or secretly just go fast. It feels like a real race ski, but still OK for a recreational sportive skier who has the skills to control the speed. The Worldcup Rebels i.Speed ski is not as heavy as some giant slalom skis, but still a serious speedy one. It doesn't punish you if you're not perfectly in the right position, just stay active and have some fun. The Worldcup Rebels i.Speed ski has a very good edge grip and also allows you to make short turns as well. Sliding at the end of a turn is not a problem, so also some moments of a bit more relaxed skiing is possible. Long turns are very stable just be careful when switching from edge to edge as it may be a little uncomfortable like a slalom ski and it might feel a little bit shaky or nervous as you wish.
Nice and comfortable
This was one of the skis I really wanted to try at least once. Years ago I was a real Head fan and I always saw good ski teachers skiing the Head Worldcup Rebels i.Speed ski. I just found out that heavier skis better fit me. Thats why I give it four stars. I really think a lot of good, sportive skiërs wil like this ski and the most of them will have a really hard job to control this ski. If you want, you can learn a lot and improve yourself on the Head Worldcup Rebels i.Speed. You do need some basic skills of course. Head says it is the fastest ski on earth, I would say the fastest recreative ski on earth that doesn't kill you!
Head about the Worldcup Rebels i.Speed
"Get ready to see the speed of light. A lot of courage needed", says Head. Maybe a bit exaggerated, but fast it is.
Intermediate+ level piste skier Gijs' rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 4402
"Smoothness, precision and a consistent feel are what I look for in a piste ski. I am not the racer type, I prefer a ski that challenges me technically, but does not break my bones doing so. For many recreational European skiers, a versatile piste ski is all they need".
As far as consumer GS skis go, this Head i.Speed is the most versatile of the bunch. All of these skis of all major brands bring phenomenal edge hold, stability, snow-busting performance to the party. But only a few of them seem intelligent enough not to go completely berserk if you let them out of your sight for a second. Like a perfectly decent grown-up it guides you just trough anything you may encounter on the slopes. It even has better dampening skills than its direct competitors. It’s nice to keep your knees whole.
In need of constant attention
Even though I find this ski simply superb, there is one thing that I should mention. It needs an active skier to keep it alive. You do not need to ski is aggressively or with a lot of force – it just needs continuous input. It does ride on its own perfectly well, but it can feel a bit sluggish and even dead. You just have to keep tickling it, be mad at it, love it – it’s a bit like a high maintenance girlfriend that has a life of her own, but much rather lets you spend your money on her. But when you give her the goods and the attention she craves…. Boy, are you in for the ride of your life!
Head about the Worldcup Rebels i.Speed
"You’ll need your race head on to step into the Worldcup Rebels i.Speed. This high-powered race ski delivers a smooth punch through turns thanks to the ABS sidewalls and is rammed with speed giving features like KERS, Intelligence Technology, a Race structured UHM C base, our hand built Worldcup Sandwich Construction and the bite and beef of Rebel camber. Watch out this little brother of the Worldcup Rebels i.Speed Pro, it’s FAST!", says Head. All true. I particularly like the 'smooth punch'.