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2007 Head iM88 - Anyone seen?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Dooes anyone know what the design of the 06/07 iM88 looks like? I am assuming that the orange one is the 05/06 since it's shown on the Head website.

Pictures or link would be great!
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post #3 of 23
I heard they were unchanged.
post #4 of 23
The one thing that distinguishes a 05/06 iM88 and a 06/07 iM88 is that the 06/07iM88 has a small metal "LiquidMetal" badged affixed to the topsheet.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Any advice on what size? I'm 180cm, 170lbs, level 7 skier living in Tirol, Austria. I'll be using these skis for late afternoon crud and about 30% off-piste (1-2ft powder usually). I was leaning towards the 175cm, but my local shop has a pair of 186 left over from last year for 500 euro (including binding). Any advice would be appreciated.
post #6 of 23
The 175 should be plenty of ski for you unless you like to ski really, really fast all the time. In that case go for the 186.

I am your height at 160lbs and I own the 175.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
onyxjl,

How does the ski work for you on-piste? I am planning on adding this ski to my quiver (Volkl 5* 168) for skiing on-piste in the late afternoon when things ae chopped up and a little bumpy. The other option I've considered as a crud buster would be the iM82, but it seemed a bit short at 172 and a bit long at 183. I still want something that can work well in 1-2 ft of powder. What do you think?
post #8 of 23
Given what you are saying about the way you want to use them, the Im82 would probably be the better choice for you.
The Im88 would be better in the deeper stuff but as a crud buster and on- piste ski the Im82 is about as good as it gets. It can also handle deep stuff and no, 172 is not too short for you.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by grbrya View Post
onyxjl,

How does the ski work for you on-piste? I am planning on adding this ski to my quiver (Volkl 5* 168) for skiing on-piste in the late afternoon when things ae chopped up and a little bumpy.
It really depends on what the on-piste looks like. They are on the stiffer side of free-ride skis so they have plenty of grip for the hard stuff. They will rip on the groomers as long as you have the skill and energy to bend them. It is not a ski I would recommend at all for hard, icy bumps though. If it is softer and the crud, chop, and bumps can be blasted through then the 88 is a great ski for it. It will chew up conditions like those as fast as you can ski them.

For what its worth, when I am out west I will ski them all day in variable conditions with no problems unless there hasn't been any new snow in a long time. In those types of conditions I pull out a slalom ski and go get mangled in the bumps.
post #10 of 23
if you're looking for something that can handle variable but you still want decent quickness and good energy, the 82 is the way to go. It's really a fantastic ski. Super crud buster and still can make decent short turns. Awesome carver. I am not a bump skier but have been told its decent in bumps.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. iM82 is definetly the better choice for the conditions I ski.
post #12 of 23
DOnt be a bitch sack it up and get the 186. jks! I like long'er skis more stability and more fun a 186 will float better as well that if the you go the im88, but a 180 in the im82.
post #13 of 23
The shop I stopped in yesterday had the 07's in. Even though it is a flat ski, it has to be purchased with the Mojo binding. Does that sound correct?
post #14 of 23
The 88 can be matched with the Mojo or the RF14. I wouldn't put the RF on the 88 as it has too much height. The Mojo is realtively flat and will be better in pow and crud. I have the RF on the 82's only because I ski more on eastern runs and use for more carve oriented turns. Dawgcatching still has a few pairs of 88's. He's out of the 82's.
post #15 of 23
For warranty reasons the Mojo (15 I'm assuming?) is probably the better bet, but any flat deck binding with a wide enough brake should work just fine on the 88's. Maybe the shop just doesn't like to missmatch bindings, or maybe last year they ended up with a bunch of the big, heavy, Mojo 15 bindings and nothing else. (I have Mojo 15's and have had no problems, but they are beefier than many other similar bindings)
post #16 of 23
I have about 8 pr. of Salomon Drivers, it seems that if a ski is flat, I could put anything on it. making me buy a binding for a flat ski is unacceptible and not to warrenty it , the same.
post #17 of 23
I'm not sure for each brand, but I know with Rossignol you get a 1 year warranty on the ski, but it jumps to a 2 year warranty when mounted with Rossi bindings. I assume it must be similar for some of the other manufacturers, but I'm really not sure..
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
I have about 8 pr. of Salomon Drivers, it seems that if a ski is flat, I could put anything on it. making me buy a binding for a flat ski is unacceptible and not to warrenty it , the same.
I've emailed my Head area manager asking the question. I've never heard anything about non-Head bindings voiding the warranty, but there are lots of things I don't know.

I'll post anything I find out as soon as I hear.
post #19 of 23
I don't think it would void the warranty, I'm just guessing some brands other than Rossi also increase their warranty when mounted with their own bindings.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Singel View Post
I don't think it would void the warranty, I'm just guessing some brands other than Rossi also increase their warranty when mounted with their own bindings.
That makes more sence and is usually the case. It is really a moot point for me, I have no intention if getting these anyway.
post #21 of 23
It is, as was surmised by a couple of you, that the warranty is extended when Tyrolia bindings are mounted on the skis.

Here's the quote from the Head area manager:

"The real story is that if a Tyrolia binding is mounted on a Head ski we extend the warranty by one extra year (2) total. The normal warranty of one year from date of purchase is valid for any Head ski with any binding. I hope this clears up any misunderstanding."

So, everybody get out there and buy some Tyrolia bindings to go on those Head skis. Sounds like a great deal to me.
post #22 of 23
I got nothing against the Tyrolia bindings, everyone who has used them has had no issues. It is that I have a bunch of Sallies around and I see no reason to spend another $200.00 or so when I have perfectly servicable bindings at my disposal.

I agree that it is smart for the manufacturer to extend the warrenty when you aslo buy thier binding. I wonder if they would extend to 2 years if I throw my old pair of Tyrolia 350 D's on them .
post #23 of 23
I love my monster 88s. These were purchased for a trip to japan at the end of the year but i have been skiing them here in aus this year. For those of you who have skiied in australia you will know that most would not recommend this ski for our conditions. But after 3-4 days adjustment period i love these things on the hard pack and find it odd going back to my Fischer RC4s. They have so much power out if turns if don't find edge to edge speed an issue and if you push them hard bumps arn't really a problem either. But for what i love most which is just blasting around the mountain with feeling that i control my speed and not my skis they are FANTASTIC!

I am a true converted fat skier. And i haven't even been able to try them on real powder yet.

I ski on HD14 railflex IIs and use Krypton Cross boots.
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