2020 Head V-Shape V10

As a nice blend of the Kore and Supershape series, the V-Shape skis fill that on/off-road void and do so quite well. This dual-threat ski, the V-Shape V10, is the widest in the lineup, and offers the most in terms of versatility and soft-snow performance. At 85 mm underfoot, the ski sits right in the sweet spot of the in-between on and off-trail. It’s not quite the polished carver that a Volkl RTM 84 is, but we’d rather ski the V10 on a powder day, all day. It’s pretty shapely, with a 13.6-meter turn radius at the 170 cm length, so they prefer to be on edge rather than ridden flat. With a core that’s pretty close to the Kore series, it’s light and stiff and ready to roll. A Karuba wood core is bolstered with Carbon and Graphene, and this leads to an impossibly light ski for how smooth it feels on your feet. It’s not for overly aggressive skiers, or heavier experts, but there’s a huge swath of skiers out there that will love and benefit from the sharp turns and poised nature of the 2020 V-Shape V10.

Rick Randall skied the appropriately sized 177 and loved the flotation, quickness, playfulness, forgiveness, and versatility, with all of those categories earning 4’s out of 5. His other scores, including overall impression, were all 3’s, indicating that Rick, indeed, found the V10 to be a versatile stick. The ski “is really light underfoot and easy to maneuver. Easy to roll edge to edge, and playful energy-wise. Good ski for intermediate or less-aggressive expert skiers.” Head’s definitely going for that light and quick edge to edge personality, and it sounds like they nailed it.

Michael Rooney skied the 177 as well and gave the ski top marks of 5 for stability, quickness, maneuverability, and overall impression. These are some great scores from Michael, who notes that the “V10 is surprisingly light and goes from edge to edge quickly. They still hold well in choppy snow and ice. They are a good platform and will work well for intermediate to expert skiers.” It’s always nice to hear that a light ski also scores high for stability, as those two qualities are generally mutually exclusive of each other.

Another 177 skier, Phil McGrory was pretty high on the stability, quickness, and edge hold of the V10. He calls it a “predictable, stable carving ski. Holds well on firm snow and is easy to initiate turns. Very quick edge to edge.” Phil is in agreement with Michael in terms of the target audience, noting that the V10 would be great for “intermediate to expert skiers.”

Bob St.Pierre found the 177 to be a bit short, and he felt it with the shorter turn radius as well. His scores reflect that, with scores of 3 out of 5 for quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness all indicating that his ski was a tad short. Bob says that the V10 “loves to be on edge—short radius carver—very solid and stable in the woods and bumps.” Bob didn’t really get to open it up, but notes that it’s a “great and light all-mountain ski with a slower than average speed limit.” With that curvy shape, it’s hard to get them to run flat, so expect to be making a good deal of turns on the V10.

For an all-mountain carving ski, the V-Shape V10 checks a lot of boxes. It’s light, quick, and easy to turn, mostly thanks to the shape that results in the shorter turn radius. Feel free to keep this thing on edge all run, as it loves to create clean and round arcs in the corduroy.

Testers

Rick Randall

Age: 45Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Efficient and technical with a love for speed

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Phil McGrory

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

Ski Style: Adventurous spirit in search of pow

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 41Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

Steve Sulin

Age: 44Height: 6'"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

14 Comments on the “2020 Head V-Shape V10”

  1. Hello, in complement to the V10 177 I have, which Kore would you recommend for powder days: 105 or 117? I am 1.86cm, 90 kg good level. Skiing out East (Tremblant).
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Christophe!
      The 117 is a great choice for pure powder, but how often does that really happen? I think the 105 is a better choice for eastern skiing and a good complement to the V10. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Love your videos. How demanding would you say the v10 skis are compared to the Kastle MX 84 or the Kastle Proto limited skis?

    1. Hi David!
      Not very. The V10 has strengths in the light and maneuverable departments, but not quite in the stability and strength like the Kastle skis. If you’re looking for an easy-going ski with a shorter radius, the V10 is a great choice, but if you’re in the market for something similar to the MX 84 or the Proto, the V10 will come up short. Something like the Volkl Deacon 84 or the K2 iKonic 84 will be better choices for “less demanding” Kastle’s. Hope that helps!
      SE

    1. Hi Mike!
      Not really. The Head is on the lighter-duty side of things while the Laser is right up there with the best made and highest performing skis on the planet. If you’re looking for top-end feel, the Stockli is the way to go, but for all-mountain carving in a lighter package, the V10 is a great ski. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hi
    How would you compare this with Völkl deacon line (79 and80), Also Atomic Vantage 79c and 82 is on the list.
    Im 179cm and 82kg and looking to get back to the skiing hobby, I use be good skier 🙂
    And maybe 80% on piste, and 20 off piste.

    BR
    Ilkka

    1. Hi Ilkka!
      Shorter turns from the Head is the biggest difference. I feel that the Deacon skis have a bit more energy to them while the Heads are lighter and easier to control. A higher end on the Deacon 80 for sure, while the 79 and the V10 share more performance similarities. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hello,
    I had the opportunity to ski the V10 this past weekend and it performed excellently. My only turn off is the integrated binding system. Is the V10 available without, so I can mount my own Marker bindings? If not, what are your recommendations for a similar ski? I loved the quickness edge to edge, narrow underfoot with tight carving radius, and lightness. It really was a fun all mountain ski.
    Thank you,
    Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff M!
      I’m not seeing that it comes flat. You can, if you must, see if a shop will remove the binding plate and mount your own bindings, you’re just left with 8 more holes in your ski. Not the biggest issue, but you should weigh it against how much you like the ski. If you’re looking for a similar ski, check out the Volkl Kanjo. 84 mm underfoot and with titanal band. Quick, precise and fun! And no system binding. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Close to get the v shape V10. Just not sure about the length. I’m 180 and always skied.170 length. Will I regret.to get the 177 version?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Timo!
      I don’t think so. It’s lower than head-high, and since they’re light and relatively easy to turn, I think you’ll do just fine. Have fun!
      SE

    1. Hi Robert!
      They’re pretty short turners, so you can’t really let them run like some other mid-80’s skis when it comes to off-piste/crud/variable snow conditions. They prefer to go slower and make more turns versus something like the Volkl Kanjo 84 or a Rossignol Experience 88. For light, turny skis, though, the V10 is a great choice!
      SE

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