2020 Head Supershape Titan

The 2020 Head Supershape I.Titan is a ski built for pure carving bliss. They have a wider footprint than the narrower I.Rally, but are impressive turners in their own right. At 80 mm underfoot and with pretty much a full-camber profile, the skis are built for some serious tip to tail carving action. The edge grip is pretty ridiculous, and the ability of the ski to initiate and complete turns is extremely high-end. With a flat tail that has no taper, the skis love to hold an edge throughout the arc, and are reluctant to let go, but when you do, all that energy that has been building throughout the turn gets released, resulting in a snappy and powerful rebound. This is by design, of course, thanks to Head’s KERS technology that seems to know how fast you’re going and how much energy is built up in the ski, because it is able to release it accordingly as it pertains to your speed. As a result, the ski behaves just as friendly at slow speeds as high speeds. Built with a World Cup style construction, these dual-metal laminate skis have a ton of strength and power. Our testers were very impressed with their ability to link turns and hold edges, and that’s what front-side carving skis are really all about.

Our resident carving expert, Ryan Daniel, ripped a few runs on the 177 and loved the quickness and maneuverability, with those categories each earning scores of 5 out of 5. The rest of his scores were all 4’s with the exception of flotation which garnered a well-deserved N/A. Powder skis these are not. Power? Yes. Ryan calls the Titan a “fun front-side carver.” In terms of the shorter turn radius due to the shapely nature of the ski, Ryan notes that it “likes to turn—not a glider.” But for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction, and as far as the Titan is concerned, Ryan says it “held well on ice and is easy to turn.” Surely a carving enthusiast like Ryan appreciates the strength and carving power of the Head Supershape I.Titan.

Marcus Shakun is pretty tall, so it’s impressive that he thought the 177 was a good length for him. If they made something longer, he’d most likely prefer that, but for him, the 177 was not too short. This shows the strength and stability of the ski. Resultingly, his scores of all 4’s (another N/A for flotation) are pretty amazing, showing the front-side versatility and well-rounded nature of the Titan. He calls it “versatile in the sense that you can ski on or off trail and arc big turns.” If you try to fight the already short radius and really swish some short swing turns, Marcus will tell you to look elsewhere, because the Titan “doesn’t do short turns.” However, they are “stable at high speed and the edge hold is impressive. Great for someone that wants one ski for skiing 75% on-trail and 25% off-trail.” And a bit more on the ski’s all-mountain nature: “Stiff enough to hold at high speeds, but soft enough to bash some bumps in the woods.” Pretty good stuff from Marcus, here, noting that the ski shouldn’t be pigeon-holed as a trail-only ski, but the width and the build make it accessible for all-mountain skiers who are looking for a versatile carver.

We all want a ski that can do everything, and we’re constantly giving something up as a compromise. The Titan is no different, but for skiers who spend the majority of their time on-trial, they’re probably not seeking out the deep untracked stuff with these skis anyway. As a front-side carver with some added bonus skills built in, the 2020 Head Supershape I.Titan is an amazingly well-built ski.

Testers

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Josh Wolfgang

Age: 23/24Height: 6'1"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and carvy with a love for the fall line

Phil McGrory

Age: 31Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous spirit in search of pow

Ryan Daniel

Age: 36Height: 5'11.5"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and carvy

7 Comments on the “2020 Head Supershape Titan”

  1. Hi guys,
    Love the ski tests, comparisons and reviews you all are posting!!!
    Will you consider doing a comparison of front side skis? There’s a lot going on in this category that the general public ( like myself ) May find helpful with regards to construction, approachability and performance that is different from an all mountain ski?

    1. Thanks, Joe!
      It’s definitely on our list! We’ll be working our way through our comparison reviews over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out! Certainly a chunk of the market we don’t want to miss.
      SE

  2. As a racer and coach for over 50 years I still ski the FIS WC equipment and get new GS skis every year due to my connections with the manufacturers. But last year I sold 4 of my 2016-2018 FIS skis and went with the Titans as my only frontside free skiing, Master Racing, and Nastar ski. Why? It holds and turns like my pure race gear but without all the horsepower and pressure that’s necessary for the pure race stuff to work right. At my age, why have to slam for a pure stable arc? This ski just rockets in and out of turns and gives me a stable arc without wash out no matter what the speed or conditions. I’ve had them up to 65 mph and great stability. I’m not as strong as I used to be, but now I really don’t have to be. Just throw them out there, stand on the outside ski, and get ready for it to come around…because it sure will! Great job Head!

  3. I am looking for a ski that I can use to teach mostly on groomers and some bumps as well as to help me become a better skier as I work towards my Level 3. I am 5’5” / 190 Lbs, aggressive skier. Would you recommend I try the 170 or should I size this ski down to a 163? Can’t wait to demo this ski!

    1. Hi Alex!
      If you can demo both, definitely do that, but if you have to buy one or the other, I’d go with the 163. They’re great skis for sure!
      SE

  4. I bought my ITitan 170’s at the end of the season from Jackson Outfitters in Park City last year and have logged over 20 full days of mostly frontside use. I’m 5’8″, 174 Lbs , reasonably aggressive skier, reaching GPS speeds up to 65mph. I agree with all the previous performance comments. They are amazing skis. One additional feature I enjoy the most about the ski is they are “Highly Predictable” which gives me a consistently high degree of confidence in just about all conditions. All this said, they are a fun, fun, ski. Highly recommend them for advanced to expert skiers.

  5. I ski the Titan in a 177 and am 6’1″, 195 lbs. I am a very aggressive skier. I ski these on groomers , of course, but they do fantastically on powder days too. I just skied an 8″ powder day (cold western powder here in Aspen) with a firm substrate. Just amazing how well they turn and plow thru it. I also like skiing the chopped powder at the end of the day and to ski them in old/cold chopped powder a few days after a storm. I ski softer bumps with them (who wants to ski rock hard bumps anyway!). I am so impressed with this ski. And the Head Titan is a very forgiving ski that can adapt, mid turn, to a change in turn shape. It can hold an extreme edge on hard snow, and they can accelerate very quickly. They respond at slow speeds very well. I have barely been on my Nordica Enforcer 93s this year and I think I might be selling the Kendos which have been a good old friend. The Heads are just so quick from edge to edge and make the Kendos feel like planks, I am sorry to say. I am not sure I want to go back to a 20 meter radius ski which is what the Kendos are. Maybe the Kendo has a bit more speed in it but the Heads at 50 mph are fast enough. For me, I am beginning to go back to liking a narrower ski like the Head Titan. So much for all the wide stuff. Just too hard to tip them to carve at 58 years old. I have owned up to a 95 waisted ski and found that they are just not as fast edge to edge and are more lumbering in that transition (even in powder. I do not slide. slide, slash, butter or whatever the new style is. I learned that skiing is carving so I SKI the ski. I just cannot say enough about this Titan. I call them the German Hammer. The KERS technology and the Graphene really are working. They are heavy as compared to something like the Head Kore 93 but most things are. They are not any heavier than the Nordica Enforcer 93s.

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