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Head Monster M75 Railflex Chip

post #1 of 14
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This ski is going for $399 new at the year end closeout sale. The length available is 177.

I have never skied Head before but I know the store owner well and he is a freind and often gives me 'heads up' or first dibs on special deals. He told me I 'can't go wrong with the ski no matter how I ski'. The started the super 'blowout sale yesterday' and everything went fast. He held a ski for me as he knew I was in the market for a good all mountain replacement for my old Bandit.

Any opinions or comments on this model would be appreciated. It would be best to demo before buying but obviously that cant happen until next winter and I dont want to miss out on what is being described as a 'serious markdown'.
post #2 of 14
I've skied the 75 and own and have skied the 05/06 77. Wait for the 77. It's worth the difference.
post #3 of 14
I had the opportunity to demo those at Jay Peak, in that length, at a time when there was a TON of powder in the woods. I had brought SL:11s, so I wanted to demo something that wouldn't sink like a rock (and would bend) to mess around in the trees.

Overall, thought they were fair. On hardpack, short turns were basically impossible. Using any technique, angulation, rotation, cross over/under, I could not get them to make any type of turn except a big gs turn. The edge-hold was fair at best, but that's compared to race skis. The float was good in the trees, but they felt too big and unwieldy (probably me and not the ski, I suck in moguls). I guess they would be good out west where you can afford to make huge gs turns all the time, but in the east there are better choices, such as a metron b5.

I hope that was helpful, good luck in your search.
post #4 of 14
I'll agree with most of what was just posted, but in my experience on hard snow, the 75's had superb edge hold. In comparison to the somewhat sluggish nature of the 75's, the 05/06 77's also have great edge hold, stability, float, plow through or over whatever one encounters - but also make great short, quick turns and feel quite nimble. 75 is to 77 as Cadillac is to BMW.
post #5 of 14

Ski them forward

I agree with Oboe's assessment of the 77 being better than the 75, but both ski and respond much better in the binding's +15 location rather than the 0 location.

See Peter Keelty's articles on Real Skiers, but austrian skis in general designate the mid-boot sole marker farther back than Frence skis. If you work the cuff of the boot a lot, that may be OK, but for a lot of skiers that want to balance and tip the skis it causes the skis to feel unresponsive.

I think this also leads to the dichotomy is ski assessements. Depends on the skiers style and where they were on the ski (much more so than other skis, perhaps).

I think the 75 was a really good and versatile ski, once you find the balance point. If the dollars are your guide, then I wouldn't hesitate to "go for the deal".
post #6 of 14
I'll amend my post by saying that the edge hold is better than fair unless you take them up to race speed, in which case they start to lose bite. No chatter though, even at what was probably around 60mph, so that was a plus.
post #7 of 14
Worst skis I have ever tried. But some people swear by them. Unless you are willing to gamble with your money, I'd demo first.
post #8 of 14
Grizzly Mike

If you do a search on this forum you will find that this is one of these skis that seems to polarize people. They either like them or hate them, no middle ground to speak of. Possibly something to do with different styles/techniques perhaps?

I tried them for 3 days in Whistler a couple of years ago (so my detailed memory could be suffering from senior moments) in a variety of conditions. I liked them and IMHO found them to have good edge grip and stability on the groomed and also to work well in powder and cut up crud. I don't recall any issues with them on short turns but that could be my bad. I used a 170 (5'8", 165lbs) which was shorter than I would have picked initially but turned out to be the right length. IMHO streets ahead of the Bandit.

I was actually thinking about buying a pair as an all-mountain ski but have put off at the moment having seen the reports on the 77.

Is the Metron B5 a better ski? Probably (I haven't tried it) but it is also going to cost you closer to $800 with bindings. Worth twice as much as the Head? Your decision!:
post #9 of 14
I've just bought a pair of IM75? Is that the same thing as the M75? I demo'ed them last year and loved them so bought some in an end of season sale. I just hope my bindings have been mounted in the right spot after reading this, no snow here yet so I have not skied on them yet, they are still in the box.
post #10 of 14
Julie, should be the same ski. Seems to be variously described as the monster 75, M75 or IM 75 here. From memory, the graphics on the ski show IM 75.

post #11 of 14

Bindings are easily adjustable


The railflex bindings that come with the iM75 have preset adjustment points at 0, +15mm, and -15mm. You just unscrew the central anchor screw, slide the bindings forward/backward and tighten the screw in the new location. Additionally, the bindings click onto a connector bar and then the whole gizmo slides onto the rail (which is premounted on the ski). There are different attachment points on the connector bar (for differing length boots) so its easy to adjust even more by playing with the attachment points. I know it sounds complicated when I try to describe it, but its very straight forward (and a neat idea) once you see it. Also makes it easy to let someone with different size boots try the skis. You will definitely want to try your skis in the 0 and +15 position and may want to go even farther forward. In the 0 position, the skis feel really damp and hard to initiate turns, the +15 feels like a completely different ski, still stable and good float but much better turn initiation.
post #12 of 14
On the Head Monster iM77 Chip in 170 cm length, I found the forward position to make the ski super easy in bumps, but far less comfortable at speed. I put the bindings back at the center and left them there. I might try the front setting again next season.
post #13 of 14

Maybe you should try +5 or +10.


This may be a case where you can change the attachment of the binding to the ?connector bar? and see whether +5 or +10 gives you both.
post #14 of 14
Ya, I tried that kind of trick on the Monster 70's before they were acquired by the Bonni-Jeff contingent. I might give it a try on the 77 - that is, going for a mere .5 cm rather than the full 1.5 cm forward setting.
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