Ads from the Past: Rubberheads

Head ad 1963

In the autumn of 1963, this ad in SKI Business magazine highlighted new technology from the factory in Timonium, Maryland. In addition to short skis (later branded for the Headway graduated-length teaching program), the new Head Competition debuted (see page 18). The Comp was a huge step up from Head’s previous race skis, with a narrower, deeper sidecut and a thin rubber damping layer to reduce chatter on ice. Head later advertised that the rubber layer made the ski feel “snaky” in bumps and would build the best-selling 360 on the technology. Meanwhile, Fischer came up with rubber damping independently for its Alu-Steel series. Both companies would do well at the Innsbruck Olympics that winter. 

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