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2011 Head Peak 82 ski

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Pros: Adequate in all conditions

Cons: Merely adequate in all conditions

About me - Advanced skier currently training for the CSIA level 3. Preference for off-piste, bumps, and short radius. 6', 160lbs, skiing this ski in a 177 length (turning radius 18.9). I picked up this ski on a pro deal at the recommendation of a head rep last year (Dec 2010). The ski also comes in a white/red/black topsheet.

 

The Peak 82 is the epitome of a jack of all trades - and a master of none. It's a good ski if you're planning to spend about 70% of your time in off piste chop and bumps, and can only deal with a one ski quiver. Racers, powder hounds and ice coasters are recommended to look elsewhere. Also note that this ski uses a "flowride tip". Basically the first 12" of the ski is much softer than the rest of the ski. From the levelnine site, in theory this makes the ski easier to turn at slow speeds and in powder without compromising stability. 

 

Powder: Given the 82mm waist and generally narrow shovel, skiers need to have decent powder skills to manage. The Peak 82 performs adequately in up to a couple of feet at moderate and higher speeds. Those skiing deeper or slower should look elsewhere. Also, lower intermediate skiers should look for a fatter ski (unless they're looking forward to learning to navigate 3d snow).

 

Groomers: This ski isn't majorly stiff, nor overly fast edge to edge. But again, it's not a noodle either, or crazy wide. It's damp, rather than springy/lively. From my perspective, the ski doesn't give the level of feedback I want. On the other hand, the groomer performance is a matter of perspective - one of my friends thoroughly enjoyed skidding turns on this ski. If you spend most of your time carving on hardpack groomers, I'd look elsewhere for a snappier, more fun ski. 

 

Bumps: Probably one of the ski's better areas - relatively easy to turn and the dampness of the ski makes for a smooth ride. 

 

Chop: Pretty good in chop - again, thanks to the dampness. Stable in chop. 

 

Short radius: Look elsewhere for good short radius performance. This ski takes some turning effort. But that's what you get with a nearly 19m turning radius.

 

Long radius: Adequate--but see above in relation to powder/groomer/chop performance. 

 

Overall, I don't mind the Peak 82s for an off-piste day with a mixed group. Those skiing hardpack or ice, deep powder or primarily short radius turns are advised to look elsewhere. 

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2011 Head Peak 82 ski
Description:

Most skiers know this ski as the Monster 82, but it has been rebadged with a couple new features for the 2011 season. The Head Peak 82 now has Flow Ride technology at the shovel, to give some of the effects of an early rise ski, without loosing the stability at higher speeds and more aggressive turning. The dampening that the Monster series is well known for is carried through the Peak series, and the Peak 82 can plow through any terrain without the jolting and jarring of less technologically advanced skis. This ski is fast and stable, yet remarkably easy to turn and control at slower speeds.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths161, 172, 177, 183
Dimensions
Turn Radius 17.7 @ 172
ConstructionSandwich
Core MaterialWood Core
Binding SystemHEAD Power LD 12 D wide 88 (matt black/white)
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended UsePowder, open bowls
Recommended BindingHEAD Power LD 12 D wide 88 (matt black/white)
Sidecut122/82/108 @ 172
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2011
Binding Type
Recommended use
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

 

From Dawgcatching's 2011 Ski Reviews: Mid-Fat skis, 80-100mm Waists, 11/28/10


 

Head Peak 82: similar construction to the Peak 88, same Flow-Ride tip. 82mm underfoot.

 

Conditions

These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud.  Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.  

 

About Me

5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black bumps for the first time in my life by early spring.  Probably ski 40-50 days per year.  I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers.  My skiing speed is fast to full-on. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1. 

 

Review

I tested this in 172cm and then again in 177cm. 172cm was a joke. This ski was way, way too short for any sort of semi-aggressive skiing. It felt like I was skiing an old Atomic SL9 in 155cm, as quick as it was. There was just no beef to it, and the ski was constantly on edge, but not with any sort of edge hold, stability, or performance. It quickly went back to the demo tent, and I got the 177cm instead. This offered more performance: similar to that of the Peak 88. It still felt pretty short, not that stable, not with enough performance under the hood, but at least somewhat solid. Bump performance was again great, but I quickly overpowered this ski at greater speeds, and in crud, this felt like an intermediate's crutch, not a serious all-mountain weapon. Again, less aggressive weekend-warriors will like it, but the old Monster iM82 was one of the top skis made in the past 5 years. Why kill it just to make another non-descript, easy-going cruiser that you can get from K2 or Rossignol? Check out the Titan if you want a true successor to the Monster line.

 

Conclusion

Pros: easy to ski, forgiving, a medium-speed all-mountain cruiser

Cons: not a powerful ski, can be easily overwhelmed by aggressive skiing.

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