Originally Posted by JohnSki
I am amazed that on Technical Support for Skiers they deem it as a very versatile ski. I remember the Monster i.M 85 and it was not an easy ski at all.
Any comments/opinions? Thx
I am also very interested to hear reviews from people that have skied the im88.
Is it really that good on hardpack/ice? Is it really as good in powder as wide boards with less sidecut? And, as you ask, is it also really that versatile/forgiving/easy to ski? I can quote you what I read on skireviews.co.uk:"The latest in a very successful line of Monster skis. 88mm underfoot is enough float for most skiers, and the benefit of not going too huge is that you can still use these skis when there is no powder. They are designed to be able to ski the hard-pack as well as the powder, but if I had choice in the matter I'd certainly keep then in the deep stuff. Now with a twin-tip the 88 is a little more versatile and it will no doubt be very popular with seasonaires across Europe. A much improved product that I found enjoyable and much more user-friendly than some of the Monster planks of old."
Also, Dawgcatching wrote here in another thread, after raving about the im77 - including how much lighter and livelier it is compared to the im75, and how an intermediate skier that tested it beside him also found it easy etc.:"A guy who I know that has skied the new Monster 88 says it is much more nimble than the old 85, and it replaces the 75 as his new favorite all-terrain ski..."
If it is truly all that it was touted on Realskiers, it is going to replace my Legend 8800 and
XRC 1100 SW as my do almost everything second ski. (leaving only a Slalom for when that is called for by the terrain or complete hardpack/ice conditions, or its radius desired).
You might ask, why not just keep the great powder/crud 8800, and great groomer 1100 SW, which cover all that better(?) than the (has to be somewhat) compromised combi
im88? Because you can't have them both on your feet at the same time. There are so many days (second and third after a storm) when you still have powder to find, but have to ski hardpack or even ice in between. This is my new theory for a two ski quiver.