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Reviewers' score
14.2

Head V Shape 8 reviews 2020

PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The V-Shape series gets its name from the shape of the skis, which are considerably wider in the tip. The Head V-Shape V8 immediately shows its strength: carving.

It is a true “carving machine,” is “responsive,” and the ski “easily rolls onto the edge.” It is comfortable going onto the edge and can take big edge angles. The ski’s flexibility allows it to bend with little speed and physical effort. A delight on easy or intermediate slopes: you just have to lean forward, and the ski engages immediately and turns by itself.

It has a deep sidecut (is very “shaped”) making it more difficult to make skidded turns. In addition, the ski is less comfortable outside its turn radius and at high speed.

The V-Shape V8 is not very versatile for this category. However, it will appeal to a wide range of skiers from intermediate to advanced who want to feel the sensation of carving in an easy manner.

Review: Pros

  • Carving ability
  • Goes into the turn easily
  • Light
  • Requires little physical effort to flex the ski

Review: Cons

  • Lacks stability and edge hold at high speed
  • Less comfortable in skidded turns
  • Lacks versatility for this category

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
14.7
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
14.7
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.3
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.2
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
14.3
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
14.3

Who's it for?

Intermediate+ → Very good

Manufacturer's remarks

The design of our line of skis integrates Graphene and a lightweight Karuba wood core along the length of the ski and allows us to increase stability and resistance while still producing a light ski. The V-Shape 8 makes good skiers even better. Skiing has never been easier.

Features of the V Shape 8

Brand : Head
Model : V Shape 8
Year : 2020
Family : Cruisers
Size tested : 170 cm
Tip size : 130 mm
Waist size : 75 mm
Tail size : 112 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 13 m

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2019