2020 Head V-Shape V6

As far as all-mountain cruisers go, the 2020 Head V-Shape V6 is in a class all its own. These shapely carvers love to be on edge, and their short-turn nature is perfect for today’s intermediate and advanced skiers. Best suited for front-side skiing, the 78 mm waisted skis can hold a great edge. The wood core is bolstered by Graphene, which gives it some stiffness and snap, but really no discernable weight gain. Tip rocker helps get the ski on edge, but the camber underfoot and through the tail creates a ton of power in the carve. Short turns are the name of the game with the V-Shape V6, with a 13.5-meter turn radius at the 170 cm length, these things were built to be on edge. You’ll love the quickness and maneuverability, as did most of our testers.

Bob St.Pierre skied the 177 and it was a bit short for him. Given the build (and his build), he’d be better off on a longer ski, but the 177 is the longest that Head makes, so we’ll just have to make do. As such, scores of 5 out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness are not surprising. Stability was a tad low for Bob, as his size obviously overpowered the ski. That said, he notes that the V6 is “very light and easy to turn. Skiers in the intermediate or mellow category will love the ease of use of this ski.” The wider tip and the narrower waist combine to make that shorter turn radius, so it’s a great choice for skiers who are looking to feel the carve from tip to tail.

Michael Rooney skied the 170 and found it to be appropriate. He had some high scores on his card, with all 4’s and 5’s. Torsional stiffness, edge hold, playfulness, and quickness all got 5’s with the rest of the categories getting 4’s. As such, it’s pretty easy to see that Michael is a big fan of the V6. “This is a very quick ski. It really likes to make sharp and gentle turns. It is a light ski and still solid in choppy stuff.” For skiers who are looking to mix up their turn shapes, it sounds like Michael thinks the V6 is a strong choice. The tail really likes to hook up, you just have to let it.

Rick Randall found the 170 to be a good length, and his highest score was a 5 for forgiveness. The rest of his scores were 4’s with the obvious exception of flotation. He calls the V6 “really easy to turn. It’s a lively ski with good stability at speed. Very light underfoot. For intermediate skiers looking to advance, the V6 is a really nice carving ski.” That lightness underfoot combined with the 78 mm waist width will make the ski a great choice for moguls or other terrain. It’s easy and quick to get on edge, so for skiers who are looking to mix it up, the V6 is an awesome ski.

For a 78 mm underfoot ski to be as versatile as the V6, it has to have a lot going for it. The construction makes them very light and easy to turn, while the narrow waist is perfect for swiveling along whether you’re in moguls or in the trees. It’s a pretty well-rounded carver that not only loves to make round turns, but also likes to switch things up and take on some more challenging terrain and snow conditions. The 2020 Head V-Shape V6 is a go-to model for intermediates looking for a bit of a challenge.

Testers

Bob St.Pierre

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

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

Michael Rooney

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

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Rick Randall

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

Ski Style: Efficient and technical with a love for speed

19 Comments on the “2020 Head V-Shape V6”

    1. Hi Bobby!
      Not great. In comparison to other skis of its width and shape, it does fine because it’s light, but if you’re looking to really ski powder, something wider would be more useful. In the Head line, the Kore 93 is a good choice if you’re looking to do a bit of everything. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks a lot!
        Also, I’m wondering about the vantage 90 ti. I’ve heard that with that particular ski, length adds stability. I’m 172cm tall and weigh about 190pounds. Would going for a 176cm ski be a good idea?

      2. Bobby,
        If you’re looking for more stability, then the 176 is the way to go, but based on your stats, I’m thinking the 169 is the better overall length. Hope that helps!
        SE

  1. I am looking at the Head V6 also the Head Super Shape Magnum, can you please give your opinion as to which would be the better buy for predominantly piste skiing with a little powder thrown in. I would rate my skiing as “mature Intermediate”

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Ricky!
      It kind of depends on your weight and level of aggressiveness. The lighter and mellower you are, the more I’d lean to the V6 while heavier, and more aggressive skiers will appreciate the burliness of the Magnum. It’s just a bit heavier-duty of a ski versus the more agile V6. Hope that helps!
      SE

    1. Hi JR!
      I don’t have the skis to weigh, but my guess is that the 10 is heavier than the 6. Not only the ski, but the system binding is a bit burlier on the 10 as well. Have fun!
      SE

      1. I am looking at buying a pair of head v shape v6 skis I am an intermediate/ advanced skier 170cm height and 168lbs what size would you recommend .I have been looking at 163cm . Do you think that they will be ok or should I go for the 170cm skis . I do like short turns

  2. I am an intermediate skier who skis the lake tahoe area. I now ski the volkl 98 but i think these maybe too wide for me. I am thinking about the Head V6. What is the difference between v6 and v8 and which would be a good choice for me.

    1. Hi Ken!
      They’re very light, that’s the main takeaway from the V-Shape series. The 8 is simply wider, but no better or worse. I think if you have the 90Eight for snowy conditions, I’d go V6 for non snow days. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Have several pairs of skis but my favorite is the K2 Apache Recons 167cm I bot in 06. Tried (demo’d) the Stockli Laser AX which I liked performance-wise but not price-wise. I’m 87, 195 lbs, 5’8″ and ski faster than I should but also like to make lots of turns. Any suggestions of a ski for an old f–t who’d like to be skiing at 90? Mostly ski “packed powder” at a local resort.

    1. HI Jim!
      Check out the Rossignol Experience 88. Quick turner with stability and fun-factor. Shorter turn radius makes it happy to be on edge. Perhaps on the wide side for what you’re looking for, but overall a fantastic ski. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hi ,
    I have just started skiing and doing a bit of basic parallel skiing at the moment. Would this be a good choice? I am 180cm/75Kg. Could you give me some recommendations if this is not suitable? Thank you.

  5. Hi,

    I’m coming off a pair of Blizzard Quattro 8.0s 168cm and I found them very heavy with the demo bindings. Looking at the V6 or V10. I’m 5’9” 153 lbs and I’d say an intermediate but aggressive skier. I’ll be skiing the northeast. What do you recommend between the two and what size 163 or 170? I’m typically at speed on the blues but also go on the blacks. Mostly groomers but I have had a great time in the trees too. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Aaron!
      I think the V10 is the way to go coming off the Quattro. The V6 will seem a bit flimsy in comparison while the V10 is a better overall choice, and more versatile. I’d go 170 in that ski and have fun!
      SE

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