Head’s Oblivion Ski Line – A Catalyst For Creativity on Features and Big Lines
Oblivion skis were designed by Cole to maximize fun on the mountain and are used by professional riders as catalysts of creative expression on features and big lines alike.
Park-oriented skiers will find this model an engaging, playful ride; freeride enthusiasts looking for all-terrain skiing can also use it to explore new terrain.
Early Life and Education
OBLIVION skis embody progression and innovation on the mountain, so collaborating with some of our most innovative freeskiers was an obvious decision. After concept calls, design workshops, and prototype tests, two backcountry-oriented skis have now arrived!
The Oblivion has an optimal width-to-width ratio that makes it suitable for park features and pipes while wide enough to allow all-mountain playfulness. This versatility stems from its slightly directional shape, Sandwich Twintip construction, wood core with carbon topsheet for durability, rocker in the tip and tail that provide maneuverability on natural terrain, camber underfoot that lets you charge hard or land softly, easy switch maneuvers, switch maneuvering capabilities and forgiving landings when riding jumps.
Though technically designated a park ski, the Head Oblivion is an impressively versatile freestyle ski. Equipped with a stiff flex and large platform design, its stiff flex allows users to jump off boxes and rails in terrain parks as well as launch huge airs into deep pow.
Wood core sandwich twin tip construction reduces weight while increasing stability, with generous rocker in both tips and tails adding maneuverability and flotation for greater maneuverability. Camber underfoot gives extra grip in hard snow conditions.
This ski features directional twin sidecut and PNP rocker for smooth switch maneuvers and soft landings, while camber underfoot adds energy and pop. Plus, its 104 mm waist width means it can take on everything from trails and groomers to powder and trees!
Achievement and Honors
Head’s Oblivion 84 Skis offer park style anywhere on the mountain with their slightly directional shape and Sandwich Twintip Construction with Tuff-Wall base and edge design to protect them against durability. Pro riders use them as catalysts of creativity whether tackling big lines in the backcountry, shredding through resort terrain or carving laps in terrain parks.
Cole was actively involved in every step of developing these skis, providing his unique perspective and high energy to Austria’s design team. Although intended to be used primarily in park and pipe terrain, they’ve proven surprisingly versatile with high marks in quickness/maneuverability, agility, forgiveness and versatility for Sam Freund on the 176 model despite them being slightly too short for him. He scored 4/5 marks across these criteria categories.
The Oblivion ski is designed for budding freestylers looking to build confidence both in the halfpipe and around the whole mountain. Its narrow waist width of 84 mm allows for snappy edge-to-edge turns while Park & Pipe rocker creates an edge-to-edge profile ideal for maneuverability on features and wood core sandwich twin tip construction gives stability to charge hard or land softly; and finally its scratch resistant topsheet protects against hard impacts while riding fast terrain.
Head’s Oblivion ski is an impressively versatile addition to their Park and Pipe collection, capable of handling virtually all conditions on the mountain. Its moderately wide all-mountain twin tip design enables it to float easily through powder while still handling bumps and crud with ease, making this ski a good option for park skiing, throwing tricks off natural features or hitting some powder days occasionally.
Oblivion epitomizes freestyle with its playful, versatile ski that’s ready to tackle everything from terrain park to backcountry. At 94mm waist it fits the “play-anywhere” category while an early rise tip and wood core sandwich twin tip construction offer stability when charging hard or landing softly – plus its scratch-resistant topsheet keeps its fresh looks even after years of abuse!
OBLIVION 116 and 102 models were developed with input from IF3 Breakout Skier of the Year Cole Richardson as pro-approved catalysts of creativity. Cole embodies the spirit of OBLIVION line through his high-energy blend of freeride and freestyle skiing, so working together was an obvious choice.