Originally Posted by allan o'neil
I was hoping someone could compare and contrast the IM78 to the Fischer AMC79 in terms of: edge grip, bump ability and forgiveness. I own the AMC79 in a 176 and looking for something with a tighter radius for trees and bumps and better edge grip on ice would be nice too.
I have skied the AMC79 quite a bit, and while it was a pretty good ski for the lighter skier, many would say it wasn't up to par with the offerings of some other companies.
I found the AMC79 to be relatively forgiving in soft snow, but not so much on hard snow, as it felt a bit like a race ski with a .5 base bevel in terms of reactiveness. I liked it in soft bumps, but it was more challenging in harder bumps. I would rate the iM78 as a bit more stable, especially in rough snow, a more consistent grip on harder snow, quite a bit more predictable turn initiation, and a bit more manageable in bumps. The Fischer felt more powerful when you loaded up the tail and a bit more "racy", for better or worse, but the Head's overall smoothness, stability, and predictability make it a better ski for me.