Review: Head Worldcup Rebels e.SLR

Model year: 2022-2023
Sidecut: 123-66-107
Size: 170
Radius: 12.3 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, one sheet of metal, full camber, EMC

About this ski

The Worldcup Rebels e.SLR is Head’s entry-level slalom ski. It is in the Worldcup Rebels series, so it roughly mimics the Slalom and Giant Slalom geometries on a consumer level – the slalom ski, in this case. With one sheet of metal, it is bendier and lighter than the e.SL consumer slalom ski. But as of next season, the SLR has the EMC technology too, just like its heavier, burlier brother.

EMC stands for Energy Management Circuit. It basically means that there are fibers in the ski that are loaded with energy and thereby canceling out vibrations from outside. The problem with these kinds of claims is that there’s no way to figure out if this technology works. There is no comparison possible with the exact same ski without EMC.

Smooth and steady

Skeptic about this EMC story or not, the fact is that the SLR is much lighter and bendier than the e.SL, but at the same time is very stable and confidence-inspiring. It just is a very well-made short-turn hard snow ski. It’s quite a bit more stable than the outgoing SLR, but not as tiring as the full-grown consumer slalom skis. 

For lighter skiers, intermediates, and learning skiers, this is a great choice. Also for ski instructors on smaller hills who teach kids and beginners, this would be a great choice. The price point is also much friendlier than the big boy slalom skis, so that helps too.

In conclusion

A very good and easy to ski yet still very nicely tracking and stable slalom ski for intermediates and learning skiers, as well as for lighter and slower skiers that want precision and fun, but not tired legs.

Characteristics

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

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