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Head monster 88

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Hi i was wondering if anyone has tried the head monster 88's as i was wanting to know what people thought of them??
im 185cm tall and 85kg and also wanted to know what size would be most suitable.
can any1 help me wif this decision????
post #2 of 13
To start, I would suggest using the search function on this forum. You will find lots of information about the im88 from many different sources. Also, you will need to provide specific information about your skiing in order to get specific feedback, like skiing level, preference, frequency, location, etc.

That said, I am almost exactly your size (6'1" / 180), and own the im88 in 186. I bought the im88 as my 1-ski quiver for my 1st year living in Utah, with plans to supplement with a dedicated powder ski next season. It fit my needs perfectly.

As a former racer my skiing style is aggressive, but not necessarily always just fast. I like to drive the ski hard and prefer a damp ski with less "pop" from each turn. After demoing many skis in the 85 - 90 mm range, I found the im88 to be the best suited for my style. Definitely more stable at speed than the others, especially in crud and chopped up pow.

Initially, I thought the 186 might be somewhat difficult in trees and tight spaces, but found them an ideal size for me. The extra length (compared to the 175) makes them great in powder and crud, and they kill it on the groomers. The only area that I would consider the shorter length to be an advantage is in the bumps ... however, my preference is to stay away from the bumps so not an issue.
post #3 of 13
Like you guys I was in the market for the exact same thing.. However, after alot of research on the im88 and several others I pulled the trigger on some new Movement thunders.. I was torn between the im88 and these, so we'll see next season if I made the right decision..

Im 88 is a great ski, you can't go wrong....
post #4 of 13
I got the M88, liked it so much that 2 of my friends bought them. The first time I used them it was like I skied them all the time. They are great skis.
post #5 of 13
We onw 2 pair of i.M88 a 175 & a 186.

I am 6' and about 185 Lbs and I prefer the 175. My older son who is an x-racer and about 6'1 and 230 lbs. loves the 186.

I find the 186 cantankrous for me. I absolutley love the 175. It has ecome one of my favorite skis (with other thne the factory tune) for some reason it just fits my style and I prefer a slightly tighter sidecut radius. I find the 175 to be amazing in chopped up snow and it skis great in pow as long as it is not really heavy wet snow.

Both skis ski like a GS race ski on the groomed (I've yet to find either's speed limit) and again for me I prefer the 175. Now with all this said tuning this ski with a 1 base and a 2 or 3 side edge transfoms the ski from a nice ski to an absolutley fantastic ski.

Head's factory tune has too much base bevel and not enough side edge bevel.

I also own and ski the Supershape Speed in a 177cm and the i.SL RD race stock slalom in a 166. (all retuned and what a difference the tune made on all 3 pair)

Also I liked it so much 4 of my friends (all good skiers) bought them after trying mine!
post #6 of 13
I have to agree with Atomicman regarding the bevel. The ski was really nice with the factory tune, but after I tuned it to my default 1/3, it became an awesome ski for most conditions.

On the groomers, it feels like a wide GS ski with no noticeable speed limit. The only time I wanted my Fischer GS race skis was an early June morning on Regulator Johnson (Snowbird) before it had a chance to soften up - it was bulletproof till the sun worked its magic.
post #7 of 13
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I find the 175 to be amazing in chopped up snow and it skis great in pow as long as it is not really heavy wet snow.
A'man, what kind of ski do you favor in "heavy wet snow"?
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58 View Post
A'man, what kind of ski do you favor in "heavy wet snow"?
I just toughed it out on the 88's the last 2 seasons, but I would either stick to groomers on my race skis or pull out a pair of my old Sugar Daddy!

As you probably know other then last season we get our share of Cascade Concrete around here!

I may get a wider ski for those ultra heavy days, but on those crappy days around here that you really can't call pow, I'll practice my carving skills or run gates!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
I just toughed it out on the 88's the last 2 seasons, but I would either stick to groomers on my race skis or pull out a pair of my old Sugar Daddy!

As you probably know other then last season we get our share of Cascade Concrete around here!

I may get a wider ski for those ultra heavy days, but on those crappy days around here that you really can't call pow, I'll practice my carving skills or run gates!
I'm sure there are folks here who'd be delighted to set you up on a pair of Hellbents or Praxis powders to try.



post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
I may get a wider ski for those ultra heavy days, but on those crappy days around here that you really can't call pow, I'll practice my carving skills or run gates!
Following up on Acrophobia's comment, There are very few days that get so heavy they are not fun on the right skis (one last season for me). With appropriate gear, that stuff can be a hoot. IMO said skis can make some of that "heavy" PNW snow more fun than super-dry ultralight but unsupportive snow. And since many people's gear is defeated on those days - let's just say I tend to be a happy camper...
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Acrophobia View Post
I'm sure there are folks here who'd be delighted to set you up on a pair of Hellbents or Praxis powders to try.



Uh, K2,: Nope and all that reverse camber hooey I'll save for behind my boat!
post #12 of 13
How about 110 or 115 or better conventional, but moderate, sidecut?

BTW, if you are really opposed to rc or rocker, start hoarding noew
post #13 of 13
Bugsy for my 10c worth I have skied the iM88 in a 175 and thought they were awesome - great in the deep pow and rock solid on the groomers at any speed. I am similar weight/height to you. My 'wide' ski is a Scott Mission (89 waist) which feels not quite as solid on the groomers but perhaps a little easier in the deep stuff. If I didn't have the Scotts I'd be on some. I liked them much better than the old iM75's I used for a couple of days in Whistler a few years ago - they just felt too damp for my liking.
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