At first glance the HEAD WC (World Cup) Rebels iShape Pro look precisely like their name suggests - race skis that sound like race skis. But you then discover they are billed as intermediate - advanced on-piste skis that are hard to tell apart from full on race models in the Rebels range.
But don't be fooled by the name - they work well for those skiers they're targeted for, plus they have a few tricks up their sleeve for experts too.
Incredibly versatile for piste skis with a top end performance that will give even the very skiers a ride for their money - and at £430 with bindings, the only bank managers getting a fright are the ones ripping them up on the slopes at high speeds....as if.
With lightning edge to edge speed due to the lightweight construction matched with the perfect flex, they feel like feathers dancing on your feet. The turns seem to start themselves - you don't even have to think about them - about as close to automated skiing as we'd like to get. Short turns and bumps are an absolute hoot, making light work on the legs.
What surprises us further is the way they perform at higher speeds. Not as stable as full-on race skis, yet considering weight, price, construction, they more than hold their own when the volume's dialed up to the max.
A super playful ski with a lot to offer a wide range of skiers from strong intermediates that can carve a turn, upwards.