A-star 118

Head A-star 118

Brand
Head
Model
A-star 118
Category
Freeride
Weight
2470 gr
Waist
117 mm
Tested length
187 cm
Year
2015

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

4
5
5
5
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of Head A-star 118:

8 / 10

Flotation:
9 / 10
Turning capabilities:
6 / 10
Stability at speed:
8 / 10
Technical info:
A star has a fibreglass sandwich, rocker and taper at both ends, a lot of setback and a long sidecut radius. The ski is medium stiff with somewhat softer tips. it is a bit unusual that the rocker and taper in the front ski are of equal length. The high specific weight makes this one of the heaviest skis in the test.

On snow:
Head’s freeride skis have been made with lots of sidecut and large tails for a couple of years now. A Star (named after a helicopter model) turns as little as possible; it hovers above the terrain. Because of the heavy construction it lies dead still on the snow. It absorbs shock and functions well on tracked snow. On the downside is the lack of playfulness and unwillingness to make short turns. But Head is back with a serious contender for the dedicated big mountain riders.


A-star 118

Technical data:

Measured length
187 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 45554
Brand
Head
Model
A-star 118
Produced
Austria
Available lengths
176, 191
Contact length
104 cm
Rocker tail
42 cm
Rocker nose
41 cm
Side cut
117 cm
Taper tail
30 cm
Taper tip
40 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
14 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
6 cm
Max tail width
127 mm
Min waist width
117 mm
Max nose width
136 mm
Side cut radius
29.5 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
9 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2239 cm2
Weight
2570 gr
Relative weight
1.15 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
10 mm
Hight nose tip
57 mm
Angle nose tip
28°
Height of camber
5 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.