2006 Monster 88, 175 cmI just bought a pair of Monster 88's, 179 cm, new for 2006.
I have very little experience skiing deep powder, since I ski mostly in Vermont.
I skied them at Jackson Hole, and compared them to this current years (2005) Monster 85's (172 & 179cm).
I felt the new ones were a bit softer thant the 179's in that you could turn them at slow speeds on the flats.
I felt the new ones (88's) could turn very quick like the 172cm ones.
So, they had the best of both worlds... stable at high speed, yet easy turning at slow speed.
They really like to be carved on edge. Not an easy floater.
It had snowed several feet during the week at Jackson Hole, and it was cold on top of the mountain and deep and slushy at the bottom. The skis cut through all conditions like it was flat groomed trails.!!!!
They have lots of rebound (spring) in the center and especially the tail--like a GS ski. Yet they can be skied like a racing ski---with weight driving forward on the edges. They will cut through heavy wet powder with ease, and also icy chunky crud. They rebound really well off of the bumps.
I ended up buying the 88's after comparing them to the Monster 85's in the 2 different lengths.
I am 49, 5'11", 180 lbs. I have been skiing since age 10, about 20 days/year and like the bumps and cruisers. I ski mostly icy/hardpack expert terrain at Killington, Vermont. I am an expert recreation skier, but not a competitive racing or bump skier.