BEST FOR: Big folks.
THE TEST: Make better skis, charge less, sell more. That’s Head’s revamped business plan, and the collective 105 epitomizes it. You still get the Austrian brand’s damping wood core and powerful vertical sidewall construction, but it’ll run you about a hundred bucks less than in the past. New in the 105 are rubber vibration-eating inserts at the tip and tail that quiet the ride—especially important with a rockered ski like this one. 146/105/128
THE VERDICT: Big-turn stability and bashing power. But thanks to its light swing weight, it’s no bear to whip around either.
TURNING PLEASURE: 4