Some adapt to the circumstances, and some change them because they don’t want to adapt. Luckily, it takes both sorts to make the world. The innovators move the progress so that the rest of the people might enjoy the fruits of their labor. It is the unwillingness to put up with the given (paired with an exceptional stubbornness) that drove Howard Head, the founder of the Head Company, to create an innovative pair of skis, that marked a new chapter in his life and life of the skiing industry.
The story was as follows: an aircraft engineer and an extremely sociable person, Howard Head, tried skiing. No failures on the slopes could stop him from falling in love with the sport, so he became dedicated to mastering it. Like many novices, he blamed poor equipment for his unsuccessful performance, but unlike the majority of skiers, he could offer a solution. It was mid-40-s, and skis were long, heavy, clumsy, and made from hickory wood, which turned out to be not the best material for the case. Rather than mastering traditional skies, Head decided to construct new ones, lighter and more efficient, utilizing aircraft manufacturing techniques. Others have tried making metal skis and failed, but Head’s design was more intricate. 1947 marked the birth of the innovative “honeycomb” skis, constructed from two layers of aluminum bonded to plywood sidewalls with honeycomb plastic core. 1950 was the year the Head Ski Company was founded. Though it took years of diligent promotion, Head skis managed to become a status symbol product. To this day, Head continues to push the limits by implementing innovative technologies.
Head has gone beyond the skis-only approach and produces a full range of skiing equipment.
They were the first of their kind, and they remain the first among many. Skis are Head’s signature product, which brought the brand its fame. Over the decades, many designs were developed, each fit for a particular type of skiing, including race skis, all-mountain skis, freestyle skis, freeride skis, you name it - Head covers everything there is to cover.
It’s like two for one, but those two merged into one. Snowboards are the second alternative for winter sports enjoyers. We have no answer for the eternal question “skis vs. snowboards.” Why choose only one when there is enough room for everybody? Head snowboards feature a variety of designs and different architecture technologies, so you are sure to find something to your liking.
Security always comes first, and of all body parts, the head needs it the most. Head helmets line is incredibly varied: headgear with integrated visors for eye protection, helmets with adjustable ventilation and sizes, helmets featuring improved aerodynamics for race skiing - we are still far from enumerating them all.
Head Ski & Snowboard Boots
Producing skis and snowboards without corresponding boots is a huge omission. An omission Head has nothing to do with. Head ski boots are designed to be a reliable medium between your legs and the skis. The same goes for Head snowboard boots.
Head Ski Goggles
Head ski goggles are the best way to protect your eyes from snow and glare. There are models featuring 5k lens glass for enhanced color fidelity, cylindrical or toric lenses for either superior field of vision or better image quality, and several other variants.
Head Ski Poles
There is no skiing without ski poles. Head aluminum ski poles are durable yet lightweight and easy to hold when gloves are on. There are poles for each type of skis so that you can slide down the slope in a full set.
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