Head Twin Tips
One of the key ways we get ideas for new skiboards is by riding short skis that have the same basic design geometry that a skiboard does. Specifically, center mounted bindings, symmetric flex front to rear, little or no width taper from tip to tail and a short turn radius. These are typically marketed as short twin tip skis. They have quite a different ride than the traditional front sie ski.
The best of these short twin tips are often thin top-to-bottom with soft flex and are intended for smaller riders, so the challenge in setting them up for heavier riders is mounting bindings with adequate strength. There are two good solutions to this problem: Spruce risers mounted with inserts that we install in these skis, and a new binding mounting system that we've developed using the Tyrolia rail system.
For customers that own multiple skis and want the quick interchangeability of track bindings, we've been experimenting on-slope for the last year with a binding mounting setup that uses two thin aluminum plates (Dyna-Plates), each held to the top of the board with a single threaded insert. The best bindings for this setup are the rail bindings sold by Tyrolia such as the SLR and Power Rail series since they mount in a single position on the board and are easily adjustable without tools for boots of all sizes. This setup has allowed us to test a range of short twin tips as well as our own Spruce boards using our eastern Pro Staff riders. What we've found is that this rig works perfectly for thin boards that can't otherwise accept full length binding screws and has plenty of strength for riders of any weight and ability.
For customers that already have Spruce risers and bindings, we offer Head twintips with inserts in the standard 4 x 10 pattern.
As a result of our successful testing of a number of short twin tips, we've decided to offer two models for sale this season complete with rail bindings.
The HEAD Jr. Caddy
I really like riding this board in the 131cm length that we're offering. That sounds long to skiboarders, but both the tip and tail are high and long, so the running length is only 95cm, which is shorter than the Spruce 120. The “Jr.” in the name is really just about the length since the construction is the same as the longer “Adult” models except for the base graphics (screenprint vs die cut). Vertical wood core with sidewall construction and an elastomer dampening layer that gives an amazingly quiet ride. There is rocker at the tip and tail and turn initiation is dead easy. This ski is very smooth when I ride it and the full length of the edge stays engaged and stable all through the turn, even on ice. With the low-height PR10 track bindings mounted it is very quick edge to edge.
The Head Ethan Too
During the 2015.16 season we tried out the Head Ethan Too in a 141cm length. We really liked this board as a high speed cruiser on packed snow and ice, so we sent a few to some of our long-time customers for evaluation and there was a unanimous thumbs up response. As a result, we'll be offering this board during the 2016.17 season complete with Dyna-Plates and PR 10 track bindings or Spruce riser inserts. Your choice. Of all the skiboards and skis I've ridden, the Ethan Too has the most stable, quiet ride I've ever experienced. It's also available as a special order in 151cm, 161cm and 171cm lengths for those people that are comfortable with larger turn radius boards.