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Snoop Daddy versus Monster IM 88?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
About me, 30, 5'9", 175 lbs, average 40 days per season - fairly aggressive, ski all over the mountain, especially like skiing glades and bowls, ski but don't really like the bumps or groomers, no freestyle tricks or park for me. Ski mostly Canadian and Montana Rocky Mountains.

Currently ski Pocket Rockets (175 cms, 90 underfoot with Radius of 18ish?) every day and want to replace. Likes, lightweight ski (ankle ligament problems), good float, very manueverable, softer ski. Dislikes, feel like I get bumped around alot, especially in any crud more than a half day old.

The three skis that the shops keep suggesting are the Mantra, Snoop Daddy and Monster IM 88. The Mantra with lengths of 177 and 170 don't work for me. I prefer something around 173-175. I find 177 too long for trees and 170 too short everywhere else.

Any feedback and comparison on the Snoop Daddy (174) versus the Monster IM 88 (175) versus the Pocket Rockets? I'm looking for an everyday ski that is a close to my Utopia - Pocket Rocket that doesn't get bashed about so much, especially at higher speeds, without losing that lighterweight and manueverablility in the trees.

Thanks.
post #2 of 14
IMHO, I think that you will find both the Snoop and IM 88 a lot stiffer than the PR. Also, the PR skis a lot shorter- twin tip.

I would definitely demo. Try the Mantra- 177 is not a big difference from a 175.
post #3 of 14
The Snoop is the only lightweight of the three. It is fairly soft in the forebody but stiffer through the rest of the ski body. The Dynastar Big Trouble is more stable than the PR without being overly stiff. It is also not a lightweight however.

SJ
post #4 of 14
What about the Mojo?
post #5 of 14
Bought a pair of Snoops in Feb.07 to replace my damaged Scream 10 Extra Hots.I Like the Atomics, 174 length. Light & a Great all Mt. Ski. Turn with much less effort then the Hots & feel much better on edge. Have had a few 10" Powder days on them & the Light weight is such a Delight!
But like the Salomons I notice some chatter at higher speeds on hard pack.
Nice float in the Powder, & am sure I will be enjoying them for the next few seasons. If I remember I think I paid $750 for the Hots 3 years ago, w/bindings. The Snoops were $450 + bindings.
My final thoughts, The Snoops, IMHO fill the bill for one of the Better All Mt. Skis!
post #6 of 14
An obvious replacement for a PR would be another Salomon.
The X-wing Fury in 180 cm is 87 in the waist and is really maneuvrable and light (I've demoed it).
If that's too long, a sandstorm ? In 173 (96mm, under 20m of radius) It's supposed to be very PR-like, a little beefed up. But I have no first hand experience.
post #7 of 14
Esprit d'escalier :
Have you considered a Scott Mission ? It may be exactly what you're looking for.

(I'm not really answering your question, am I ?)
post #8 of 14
I would definitely demo. Try the Mantra- 177 is not a big difference from a 175.[/quote]

I agree! I don't think there are huge differences in even 7cm. People over think these things!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by ski=free View Post
I would definitely demo. Try the Mantra- 177 is not a big difference from a 175.
I agree! I don't think there are huge differences in even 7cm. People over think these things![/quote]

Must refrain from the obvious GF bad joke....
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies....and I do plan to demo, I thought that went without saying. Just looking for some beta.
post #11 of 14
Another vote for the Fury...I found its only weakness to be ice, otherwise it is very light underfoot and maneuverable. Love the Snoop also!
post #12 of 14
Ah, how soon they forget. Last year everyone would have sung the praises of the im 88-this year-even though you ask for a direct comparison of it to the snoop-no one even mentions it.

I have skied The Snoop, and the Pocket Rocket-but use, own , love the im 88.

It's decidedly 'stronger" (crud busting and less chatter-if any chatter on high speed hard pack) than those two other skis (PR and Snoop). It is also hands down the best carver of the three skis.

Pocket Rocket has a little more float-and skids a little easier.

I found the snoop to be solid, and a decent all-mountain ski-but a hair or two shy of the versatility of the im 88.

As to lengths-I use the im88 in the 175-it works fine out west, and is perfect for tight east coast trees and soft bumps. If you ski at a 'bigger" open mountain-the 186cm is worth looking at.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks Liam

Thanks Liam. I think I'll begin my demo runs with the IM88 this coming Sunday and the beautiful Lake Louise.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by ski=free View Post
I would definitely demo. Try the Mantra- 177 is not a big difference from a 175.
Mantra 177- turns like a Rocket, skis like a Volkl!
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