Review: Head World Cup Rebels e.GSR

Model year: 2022-2023
Sidecut: 120-68-101
Size: 177 cm
Radius: 15.7 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, metal, EMC F  

About this ski

Just like the rest of the World Cup Rebels skis, the e.GSR has been updated and is now equipped with EMC. EMC stands for Energy Management Circuit and – much like its predecessor KERS – is there to minimize vibrations in the ski. In the e.GSR, however, they used EMC “F”. The F stand for Front. So they used it just in the front half of the ski.

The e.GSR holds the same spot in the World Cup Rebels lineup as previous versions. It’s the softest, lightest, least demanding of the series, but with a bigger, Giant Slalom-inspired radius. So you would expect an easy-to-manage long(er) radius piste ski.

EMC? EMT!

Looking for stability? Don’t ski it. Looking for grip and consistency? Don’t take the e.GSR. After a few turns, I had not experienced any of the EMC magic. Instead, pure fear had made my heart race so badly, calling for the EMT would have been more appropriate. 

The old version was rather nice, stable, predictable, and easy to maneuver. This new version is all over the place, and lacks all sense of direction. They basically ruined a fine ski, in my opinion. This is a great example of an older version being so much better than the replacing new model.

Conclusion

This is as bad as diluted, dumbed-down ‘race’ skis get. I emphasized ‘race’, because I think on the e.GSR the only place you’ll race to is the garbage can.

Characteristics

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

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