2011 Head Peak 88 Ski
|Lengths||164 / 169 / 175 / 180 / 186|
|Turn Radius||19.2 @ 175|
|Binding System||HEAD LD 12 wide 88 (white/matt black)|
|Recommended Use||Fast skiing|
|Recommended Binding||HEAD LD 12 wide 88|
|Sidecut||126/88/112 @ 175|
Head Peak 88: re-designed for 2011. Gone is the metal, and there is a new pseudo-rocker tip called flow-ride, basically a soft flex point toward the tip that allows it to flex up, while theoretically staying in contact with the snow. Still 88mm underfoot, and tested in 180cm.
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.
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.
This ski isn't the old Monster iM88, and Head did a silly thing by killing it. I didn't hate the updated Peak 88, but it isn't the world-beater that the old ski was. It is quite a bit softer, holds decently on hard snow, has decent stability, a huge sweet spot. I found it more suited to crud than firm snow. The Flow Ride allows for a very easy end-of-turn release in crappy snow, and this ski is smooth. There is little of the heft from the old Monster series, though, and I miss it. I would say this ski is “average” across the board, and above average in crud in terms of smoothness and ease of use, as long as you aren't skiing too fast. It is great in bumps; one of the best skis tested. That Flow-ride flex point makes for a very forgiving flex. I would compare it more to a ski like the K2 Aftershock, made for the “masses” and less to some of the more aggressive, high-end skis tested here. I think the new Peak 88 will appeal more to the “resort skier/weekend warrior”, in other words, the person who skis 5-15 times a year, isn't a superb athlete, and needs a fairly forgiving ski. This is as good as any ski tested here if you are skiing moderate speeds, in the trees and tight spaces. The new tip really does enhance turn initiation, and ease of use. Of the skis tested here, it compares most closely to the Sultan 85 and K2 Aftershock.
Pros: great in bumps, very forgiving, easy to work in crud, forgiveness, ease of turning
Cons: low top-end, won't satisfy fast experts