Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
The Liberty V-Series V76 takes on the Head Supershape iRally. Am I really going there? Am I really going to put the all-new, relatively unknown, mostly unproven Liberty up against the reference ski in the segment? Hell yeah. Because this very good Liberty has everything to gain and nothing to lose in what would seem to be a one-sided Cage Match, a battle reminiscent of the relatively unknown South Philly southpaw Rocky Balboa going up against world champion Apollo Creed on July 4, 1976 -- and we all know how that turned out.
Let's start with the iRally. What can I say about the iRally now that I haven’t said before? Not much other than for 2018, Head installed a new GripWalk-compatible PRD binding that is a huge improvement over its predecessor, not because it is GW-compatible but because the new AFD design changed the delta of the binding, allowing a much more natural stance. On-snow precision is something the iRally delivers in spades, which is why this Head has been a darling of technical skiers and instructors since its introduction.
Liberty?? Some will ask, Who the ^%&# is Liberty? Others might ask, Why does it deserve this Cage Match? A select few who have been lucky enough to get on this awesome new ski will say, This is gonna be good. Well, the all-new V-Series with its VMT (Vertical Metal Technology) is the real deal. The elongated tip profile will start any turn shape you ask of it, and the bamboo/poplar core is light yet damp and has the power you expect from a 76mm-waisted ski. Please, take our word for it: this is a Cage Match where there is no wrong answer; you can stand up tall and say, "Give me Liberty or give me ... the other great option!"
- Why choose the iRally? You know exactly what you want in a hard-snow ski, you read our reviews, you read everyone else's ... we all agree, the iRally is the reference ski in the category.
- Why choose the V76? You are ready for something different, you want a 76mm ski that doesn’t have to be worked hard to ski in 3D snow, you want a ski that is playful and has a sense of humor ... how many skis in this category can you say that about?