Originally Posted by Mcgyver29
I am also interested in the new Monster 88 as a replacement for.... my old Monster 78s. Loved these old skis. Perfect for patrolling duties in Ontario, and family trips to Quebec, Sugarbush, Killington, and even out West to Whistler, Red Mountain and Big White. Even after renting several other skis, the only ski I came away liking besides the monsters was the MX83 at the time. For me I don't ski at Mach 1, but I ski the whole mountain... trees, bumps and use the groomers to get back to the lift :)
Also in the wheelhouse is the MX88, Rossi E88 and the Dynastar Powertrack 89. Any thoughts on how these compare?
If you love the MX83, you will love the MX88, assuming the length works for you. That is a super consistent ski across the entire MX lineup. Same ski, just small tweaks here and there to accommodate the width differences and expected terrain differences for each ski (slightly flatter tail and tip on the 78 vs the 83 vs the 88, for example).
The new Monster 88 is an easier, more forgiving ski than the old model. I think the MX88 comes closest to what the old Monster 88 was: the new ski is super fun, but more along the lines of a REV 85 with less sidecut; forgiving, versatile for a wide range of skiers, great in bumps and trees as well as groomers. The old Monster 88 was pretty muscular and totally did not have a top end.
PowerTrack 89 I don't particularly care for: it is the damn pintail that more or less gives it a poor finish to the turn. Everything else about the ski is great. It just needs a real tail.
The EXP 88 is solid, reliable, good at speed, forgiving, more damp and with less energy than the Monster 88. Same league performance wise, just a more Rossi-like feel. That is, once you ditch the horrible factory tune. Only downside is the poor Rossi ski quality. But it skis well once tuned and when nearly new.
Also the Fischer Motive 86 is worth checking out, or the 95 if you don't mind a bit wider. The 95 is a standout, superb ski for the category.