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2008 Head Monster iM 82 Ski Reviews

crudmaster

1 SKI QUIVER-- damp, fast, good edge

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Pros: damp, medium flex, good edge grip

I've skied on about 50 skis in the last several years, and these are the best all-around, IMO.  Damp, medium flex, good edge grip.  Stiffer than I like in light powder, but excellent in crud and all other conditions.  I can ski faster with these.
WILDCAT

The only midfat that satisfies

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Pros: Stability, edgegrip, feel

Cons: Requires skill, less than ideal in powder

An often overlooked ski. Quicker than an Monster 88 with superb stability in all conditions. Medium radius turns are easy. Great crud-busting. Easy to carve. Very quick feeling midfat. Requires skill and is not really a deep powder ski.
Andrew R

iM 82

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Pros: Great all round ski

Cons: Came with a poor base wax from factory, not specced with Railflex II as standard

 This is a very capable all mountain ski that can carve but is very capable in all conditions and all terrain.  
KevinVB

Great ski

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Pros: Stable, smooth at speed, really fun

Cons: My ability to use them to their potential

It's good stuff. Replaced a pair of Rossi all mountains from1995, and holy cow, what a change! Super fast from edge to edge. No complaints here at all. If u have em, you'll keep em. : )
sailsarah

HELP - SORRY I DONT KNOW HOW TO POST!

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HELP. I don't know what skis to get my husband for Christmas. He is 5 ft 11, weight about 12.5 to 13 stone, learned to ski by being taken to the top of the mountain as a 17 year old in the army and told to get down for supper! He skis black runs with moguls (with instructor and subsequently) and claims to be intermediate but french ski instructor said "non - advanced follow me" and took him on hair raising adventure off piste which he loved. He uses Atomics - Second hand about 11 years old. Last year I bought him new head boots with the fitted lining and moulded sole which he loves. We are going skiing for new year and I really want to buy him some skis but I am at a loss. All I know is...
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yakski

So Far So Good better than my AC50

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Pros: feels solid, medium responsiveness, short radius turns good and good crud ski

Cons: feels slightly damped in response

    I finally got to try my last May purchase from the now defunct Tramdock website :( ....   I am 170# 5' 11" advanced skier who stays away from groomers except to go from here to there.. Ski length is 184cm.. First impressions were from hardpack and a 4" snow day at ski areas around Salt Lake... Jan 22-29, 2011... Wrong time to ski Utah... powder all season until that week ..   I sold my Volkl AC50s (170cm) just before the trip because I could not stand them... I hear they got rave reviews from this years ski mags but unless they changed something ... well.. I thought they sucked...  I loved my AC4s but hated the AC50.. ...
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choucas

Best all around ski ever?

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Pros: Smooth, predictable, powerful.

Cons: Ugly, ugly, ugly. Top surface should be more durable.

I have these (177 cm., I'm 6"0" -- 180lbs. top expert level skier) set up with Fritschi Freeride+ bindings and use them when I travel and know that I'll be doing some touring or hiking to off piste runs.  They are fantastic all around skis that break the common all mountain mold of being a ski that does everything okay and nothing very well.  They are very quiet and stable at speeds and like good children from the olden days, only speak when spoken to.  Very easy turning.  They are quite neutral, i.e. you don't have to jump on the tips to make them go, just roll them up on edge and go along for the ride.  They'll make any turn...
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mppederson

Bought the iM 82's in 172cm 3 years ago. I was very disappointed with their performance. Sold them, very happy w/Dynastar Sultan 85's.

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Pros: Good edge grip on the groomed and stable in crud.

Cons: Seemed lifeless to me and did not like short turns. Poor durability, top sheet condition after being skied 10 times made skis look 10 years old.

I'm a level 8 skier, weigh190Ibs, 5'-10", 53 yrs old.  I expected much more from these after owning several pairs of Head racing skis and skiing several times on the iM88's at Mt. Baker.  Loved the iM88's in a 175cm length, but thought the iM82's in the 172cm length would be quicker, boy was I mistaken.  The iM 82's seemed lifeless to me, lacking rebound on the groomed and in the bumps.  The iM82's did well in long GS style turns at speed but did poorly, for me, in shorter turns at both slow and fast speeds-the slow speed I can understand.  The ski seemed like a good cruising ski for all conditions, but beyond...
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Ilive2ski

Monster 82's deliver

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Pros: Carving bullet train and crud buster

Cons: As most say, not for deep pow

Got the Monster 82's in 177cm off Back Country recently. Been skiing them for a month now. I also have the 09 78 Monsters both with Mojo12 bindings. Me--5' 10" 150lbs 66 yrs old. Still aggressive, fast skier. Play all over the mountain. The 82's let me do anything I want except deep pow. They make other skis for that if you're a powder hound. These handle about 1 1/2 feet just fine. The 78's are a fun, play ski but a little squirrely compared to the Monster 82's. I find myself throwing the 82's in the car more and more. A super stable, lively ski some say are demanding ski but as long as your not napping they deliver and your don't HAVE to be constantly on them. They give you a little...
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Spookfish

Great All Mountain Ski

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Pros: Damp, Great Edge Grip, slightly twin tipped, Medium Flex and a Good carver

Cons: Requires an advanced skier, still a little to thin for the pow

 I've taken these up in the good and bad conditions that the NW has to offer. When I first took them up it was icy and tons of crud. This ski just blasted through all of it, I never felt like it couldn't take anything I threw at it, I went into a full tuck straight down a few long runs, never chattered, and thats the fastest I've went on a ski. Granted I'm no racer. Second day was piste with a couple inches of fresh powder. This had enough float on that to ski right through everything. I took it off of a few kickers and it never let me down. Third day: Powder powder powder. Let me say this now, this ski is not meant for back country type of deep powder, however exploring the trees with...
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