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The Head V-Shape V10 is brand new for the coming season and our testers managed to get their grubby hands on it early to see how it measures up.
Level
Advanced
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Traditionalists who want to be a modern skier.
Price
£595
Season
2018/19
lengths
163,170,177,184
Bindings?
Yes
Float
8
Playfulness
9
Value
7
Edge hold
8
Stability
8
Turn initiation
8
Overall Score
8
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Head continuing to overhaul their range.
The topsheet - the V-Shapes need to stand out more in the rack.

Head has replaced its all mountain Instinct series with the V-Shapes, new for the 2018-19 winter season.

The V10 is the big brother of the five-strong range - which descends in even numbers to the V4 - and its 85mm width underfoot makes it the most adaptable of its brethren.

At first glance you could be forgiven for confusing the V-Shapes with Head's Supershape piste chargers, and there are a few cosmetic similarities.

Beyond the top-sheet, the skis share the oversized shovel at the tip and matching wide tail that produce such a pleasingly pronounced sidecut. That means the V10 can crank out tight carved turns (Head says the turn radius is 13.6m at 170cm) although there is still plenty of enjoyment from arcing them into longer racing turns.

But it is under the bonnet that you really notice what makes the V10 stand out. The titanal that makes the Supershape's such hard-chargers is nowhere to be seen, instead relying on a Karuba wood core with a hefty dose of Koroyd.

That lightweight design combines with the aforementioned wide nose to produce oodles of lift once underway in soft snow, but the ski is also stable enough to punch right through crud and crust.

The V10 is responsive, agile for its size, performs well in all conditions and above all is lots and lots of fun. A welcome addition by Head to its range and another great option for skiers wanting a 'go anywhere, do anything' ski.

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