Review: Head e-Rally

Model year: 2020-2021
Sidecut: 132-78-114
Size: 170
Radius: 14 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, two sheets of metal, graphene, tip-rocker, EMC

About this ski

Head’s Supershape line has been very successful in the past few years. For the 2020-2021 season, it has completely been overhauled. It now is a more consistent story of five skis for the average skier ranging from the narrow slalom cheater (the new e-Original) all the way through to a big turn crud crusher (e-Titan). The Magnum, Speed, and Rally are sort of in-between in width and expected use.

There is a new technology too. The Intelligence technology (which the “i” stood for in the previous Head line-ups) has been replaced with EMC: Energy Management Circuit. Special fibers that send energy throughout the ski to help dampen vibrations. Other than that, there is some tip-rocker and a medium turn radius. This new package is 78 mm underfoot, which places it somewhere on the border of the narrow piste ski and the wider all-condition carver.

Super smooth

It is quick in the transition, smooth in handling, and stable in feel. This is an all-round good guy. It doesn’t get angry, even if you kick it in the butt. It is your dependable companion, handling just about anything you throw at it. Short turns, long turns, skidded or carved – it does it all. Even though it likes to carve more than it likes to skid, this ski will happily transform any aspiring skier you into that piste carving ski addict. 

It definitely makes skiing easy. Any intermediate can get on it and enjoy it, as does the advanced, more seasons skier. The only thing it does not do is getting angry. The e-Rally is very stable, dependable, but lacks a bit of fire, in my opinion. For stronger, more aggressive skiers, the Rally may seem a bit tame and less energetic. Compared to the old version, but also compared to some competing skis by other brands.

In conclusion

The e-Rally is a very well-rounded, easy to ski piste carver. Intermediates up to advanced skiers will love its ease of use and its stability in all conditions on-piste. Only the most aggressive skiers that look for instant energy and pop should look elsewhere.

Characteristics

PlayfulStable
ForgivingPunishing
LivelyDamp
SkiddingCarving
Low speedHigh speed
Short turnLong turn
Soft snowHard snow

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