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Monster 98 test runs?

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Any one had the pleasure of testing next year's Head Monster 98s yet?   Couple of commercial reviews speak highly of them, but I'd l like to hear from a  consumer, if possible.  Fair amount of input on the new 88s - can we assume the 98s will be similarly received?

 

I'm interested in comparing them to Fisher Motive 95s. 

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There's been a fair amount written about the 98's in some of the 88 and Monster related threads, but to sum up, the Monster is a much more damp, stable, and powerful feeling than the Motive 95. Some will like it, some won't.  Heavier skiers and die hard fams of the old Enforcer and Mantra will put the Monster at the top of their shopping list. The Motive will probably be prefered by strong, lighter skiers who spend a lot of time in variable terrain, on and off piste. They're very different but both nice 'get it done!' skis.


Edited by markojp - 5/5/15 at 5:26pm
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Any one had the pleasure of testing next year's Head Monster 98s yet?   Couple of commercial reviews speak highly of them, but I'd l like to hear from a  consumer, if possible.  Fair amount of input on the new 88s - can we assume the 98s will be similarly received?

 

I'm interested in comparing them to Fisher Motive 95s. 

Fischer Motive 95...Real Good.  Monster 98..Real Real Gooder. ;) We skied it in Colorado ski testing. It is one of the best 98's for next season. Like Marko says it is smoother, damper and more refined than most any other skis offered for next season including the Motive 95. Are you going to mount this with a traditional binding or tell? Not that it matters, just curious. 

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They'll be mounted free-heel. 

 

Damp and stable sounds good for someone who's reflexes and flexibility aren't what they used to be:(

 

Will the 98s be OK at slow-moderate speeds? 

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Phil

How does the 98 compare to the 88? I'd also love to hear what you think of the 88 vs the Motive 86.
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They'll be mounted free-heel. 

 

Damp and stable sounds good for someone who's reflexes and flexibility aren't what they used to be:(

 

Will the 98s be OK at slow-moderate speeds? 

 

With the shape, i think it will be fine at moderate speeds. Don't confuse damp & smooth with dead, think refined. 

 

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Phil

How does the 98 compare to the 88? I'd also love to hear what you think of the 88 vs the Motive 86.

 

98 skis like a bigger 88. As with the 98 to 95 comparison, The Head are more powerful and more connected than the Motives. 

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With the shape, i think it will be fine at moderate speeds. Don't confuse damp & smooth with dead, think refined. 


98 skis like a bigger 88. As with the 98 to 95 comparison, The Head are more powerful and more connected than the Motives. 

Thanks Phil I'll probably choose between the 98 and the 88. I really like the way Heads usually ski. I have a pair of im82s that are one of my favorite skis yet.
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Once again, Epic delivers!  Thanks guys - placing a pre-order for the 98s today!

 

I hear ya, Cach13, on the im82s - those skis opened up a whole new world for an aging hippy tellywhacker.

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How would a 177 cm Monster 98 (21.3 m @177) compare to a 180 cm Head Rock n Roll (94 mm, 19.5 m @180)?  I'm wondering about their relative stiffness and quickness, and whether one skis longer than the other.   

 

Or would the RnR be more comparable to the Monster 88 (17.4 m @ 177)? The RnR's width is about 1/2-way between the two.

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