Head Jr. Caddy Reviews
Here's a YouTube video by Mihail Popov that shows the Jr. Caddy in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nggjatJrsCA&feature=youtu.be
Lee Gray February 2016
I started on old Solomon Skiblades (gotta love those fixed bindings) and have been an avid skiboarder since I got my Spruce 120's. I was firmly in the "over my dead body" camp for switching to a different board. When I learned that the 120s are no longer made, I was devastated and very skeptical that anything would convince me to change my opinion... but Jeff sent me these bad boys for a demo, and I bought them after my first time out, they were THAT great.
I live in New Hampshire, where ICE reigns supreme. This year has been awful for ice - and that's an understatement. The groomers at our mountain have been phenomenal this year, but there's only so much they can do. I'm used to the controlled skidding on my 120s, so it's all good... Until I rode these. WHAT ICE?!?
I know, that doesn't sound possible, but it's true. I was having a blast on all trails - and I couldn't even tell it was icy. My husband is much more athletic than me (and a snowboarder), and he gave up on multiple occasions because it was too icy to even have fun... Even after a fresh full tune. And I was still having a blast! It was a season-changer for me. I put on my 120's for a run and almost killed myself (they do need a sharpen, but still). WOW!
As an older skier, I'm not doing crazy tricks, but I do enjoy small jumps, and these are a lot more stable and solid on landings. I enjoy carving down steep stuff (not much of that on our mountain, but still) and I enjoy racing my kids down the mountain (and one of them hauls - we clocked him close to 45 mph on one run). For me, at least, these skis are a lot more stable and forgiving at speed. They are easygoing - they stop on a dime, and they skate much more easily than my 120s. They have very solid construction and the bindings are very nice - especially the no-tools adjust.
In a nutshell - these are AMAZING and I wouldn't ride anything else on ice. I can't remember what powder looks like, but if I ever see some again, I might break out my 120s again. TRY THESE - YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
Marianne Hook - March 2016
Love these skis! Last year I told myself I wasn't going to buy any new ski equipment. But after riding these (demos), and seeing how much fun they were, of course I changed my mind.
My sister has also given up her 160 cm K2's in favor of the Caddy Jr's. And I know what you mean when you say they made you feel like you ski better, with less work, than you probably do. They are quick, turn with less work and have a super glide for such a short ski. And with the easy to adjust bindings they are the perfect extra ski to loan to friends that might not have their own. Thanks so much for watching out for all of us.
Marianne's additional comments:
Great reviews for this ski from three different women:
-My 23 yr old snow-boarder daughter took to the ski immediately. Within 15 mins. She was asking where the black diamond runs were. If I didn't buy these, I'm sure she would have.
-My skiing sister said it was the first pair of skis she had tried that she didn't need to ski more than once to know she liked them. (She also said the light weight of the Caddys was almost enough of a reason to get them.
-As a skiboarder, I felt more in control on these than my skiboards. As long as the snow is hard and fast I'm sure these will become my go-to skis. In the powder, I'm sure I'll be back on the LE's.
Bad Wolf (on the skiboardsoline Forum) asked about the Jr. Caddys: “So if they embody what we love in a classic skiboard, why would you ride them instead of a classic skiboard? Do they have other attributes that give them an advantage over shorter boards?”
Chris Eattock, who had ridden the Jr. Caddys, answered the questions in a follow-up post:
Good question. Here are some thoughts:
- They ride and feel like a sub 100cm board but when put on edge have the edge of 130cm ski
- They are quick edge to edge compared to super wide skiboards which allows for easy carving and are great on hard pack
- The binding system is incredibly flexible. Adjust size with no tools. DIN with just a flat head screw driver
- For taller riders (Macrophotog, Kocho, and I are all tall guys) the longer length gives more support especially on the tails
- They are about the easiest to skate board I have ridden. More pop than most skiboards and less cumbersome length than skis. Perfect for those looking to go "sans poles".
- They support like skis but turn like skiboards
- Great gliding speed
- Lightweight package
These are probably a whole new class of snowsliding device. They don't fit the mold of skiboards nor are they the "short skis" that the ski industry as thrown at us for years as you are in a much closer to "center mount" binding position. What Jeff has done is find short junior twin tips that are built like the adult skis in the same line and can handle a full sized rider. He has then figured out a way to mount a binding to them that can handle a full sized boot and .... TA DA .... something new and fun. Head has done all the R&D to get the right combo of materials, side-cut, camber, rocker, etc.. Jeff has figured out how to repurpose the results of that R&D.
This is a bit of a different approach to snowsliding were the constraints are different. This package (at least for me) is meant to be a resort board that has great edge hold and a tight (less than 9M) turning radius. It fits that bill perfectly and is just flipping affordable fun.
Tom Gattorna January 2016
Since the cat is out of the bag. . . Here is my review as well:
1. Great flexible skis but with excellent back seat support.
2. Definitely ride much shorter than they are - I felt they were as fun to ride and even as nimble as a 110cm board.
3. I could do larger radius carves, or short and tighter carves by changing the amount of energy I put into them (I think that is a result of their flexibility). I liked that aspect a lot because it allowed me to ride them multiple ways and enjoy the same trails differently.
4. I found them to be quite stable at higher speeds. When I get the chance, I am planning to do a few of my speed runs on these because the stability was clearly evident, they are fast, and I am confident in the grip in being able to pull up out of a dangerous situation.
5. Very predictable skis. I felt like I was able to quickly understand them and had no anxiety on ice, changing conditions, etc. I had great confidence in the edge control and also being able to release it when I wanted to.
5. Love the bindings - nice lightweight; easy to adjust; great that they can be adjusted for others; did not appear to inhibit flex; and I like the fact that unless you have the maximum size boot you could ride "setback” simply by moving the toe and heel pieces back.
6. I could see these as also being the great loaner board for people wanting to try short skis - instead of the typical Head 94 that many of us keep around for that purpose.
7. Very lightweight.
8 Don't let the “Jr.” label hold you back from trying or buying these. These are the same construction as the adult skis but have the junior label because of the short length.
9. Don't let The narrowness of the skis keep you from giving them a try - these are excellent skiboards, probably the best I've ridden for groomers, and just as fun, maybe even more so.
10. The skis handled fine in the chopped up and mounded snow as the day went on, except at times when it would get “caught” in a rut parallel with the skis - possibly because the ski is so light. But, this also happens with the 120's at times so no different.
After the Elk Jam testing sessions - Wookie, Kocho, and I have all purchased our own sets of Caddy Jr's from Jeff! They were that good!