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Head Monster 88 Ti

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Dimensions:

Length (cm): 163, 170, 177, 184
Sidecut @177cm (mm): 133-88-114
Radius @177cm (m): 17.4


Characteristics:

Terrain: 80% piste - 20% off-piste
Discipline: all-mountain
Skier level: intermediate - advanced
Stability: solid
Edge grip: very good
Floatation: good
Edge switch: fast for width

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All-mountain ski HEAD Monster 88 Ti 2018

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Paul's review: Expert all-mountain skier

Expert level all-mountain
skier Paul's rating of this ski:

5 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Paul

"Average skiers go from A to B; experts worry about How. Think knee-deep on a GS ski. (which is also just the worst when it warms)
NO Manditory Air-Ins. No Junk."

 SkillsLevel 14
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 11
 Length:5'10", 178 cm
 Weight:180 lbs, 81 kg

 


My favourite all-mountain skis:

1. Head Monster 88
All-mountain ski Head Monster 88 Ti 2017

 

 

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Hope for fat skis...


With the Head Monster 88 at 177 cm length, I was really surprised at the great mix of easy edge-grip and control with a really decent GS feel that made me trust it so that I forgot how wide it actually was ! Where am I going with this ? Versatile!! If you only have one pair skis and not sure where you and the boys are skiing today; grab this one. I did grab this one ! Waiting for the courier to deliver!

ps: ps: 88 waist and 131 tip; 10% rocker and 17 meter radius. I also think they would be useful to 'lesser skiers' in the 'right length' ie: nose-height. "

Fat with race performance

I tried the Head Monster 88 in a bit of fresh, on and off piste, at Whistler last spring. For decades I've skied every day... with the boys. I hate giving up 'race' performance in wider skis and when you get much over 80mm under foot; ski performance turns into an unresponsive Meh. History: New Head Graphenes have not much to do with the old Monster im82's which had really decent GS characteristcs... but they were very damp and so they were tough in the rough. The previous Head Monster 88's were really stiff and my Mojo 94's are really dumb; like Head kept the same thickness of metal and just made 'em wider and so stiffer. Here at Whistler I saw only a few of these new Graphene Heads; like the Head Joy or Cyclic around: why is that?"

Head about the Monster 88

"Built for ripping the groomers with the option of blazing off-piste the medium wide Monster 88 is a versatile all-terrain ski with race department speed and agility. It is armed with the camber and nose rocker of Allride Rocker, for superior control and float in the soft stuff, as well as our revolutionary Graphene WC Sandwich Cap Construction with Titanal, for enhanced control and reactivity in a lightweight, durable and strong build. The ultimate monster for fast, fun all-terrain carving.", says Head.

Also "Graphene is 300 times stronger than steel". Sure.... I believe Head. I got the impression that these won't be an unbearable sacrifice from my other hot skis: Fischer RC Worldcup, Blizzard S-power, Head Supershapes, Nordica and Fischer GS.

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Comments  
# Paul Rattenbury 2016-12-17 07:33
Just an update: Had a few more days on my Monster 88's. They are a lot of ski... They are a Man's Ski. They are un-deflectable crud-busters and the tips add up to 132 mms of float. When the snow is soft/fresh or cold/loose they are truly great as they steer into grip and arc. This great GS grip makes me think these will be a bit much in dry, hard bumps on the steeps where their strong carve may not be your friend ... Ahh; the double edged sword of Grip.
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