OK now that I've had a few days to try out my Monsters I'm going to post my review of them. (And I'm in love)
Ability: Full Nancy Greene program when I was a kid, plus one year of racing, then 8 years of skiing on my own without lessons
I was previously skiing on 9 year old Rossignol 9Xs so new skis were very much overdue.
I'm about 135 pounds and 5"9.
Skis: Head i.M. 82 Monster...172cm (12cm longer than my 9Xs)
Day 1: 10cm pow @ Sunshine
Day 2: 26cm pow @ Sunshine
Day 3: Lake Louise...no snow overnight but a lot during the week
I absolutely love these skis. I bought them at the recommendation of the staff at Ski Cellar Snowboard in Calgary and I can't complain about it at all.
I was a little worried about these skis cause I hadn't tried them before buying, but I got excellent help at Ski Cellar (and the owner skis on the same skis so that's a pretty good endorsement). They're also 12cm longer than my previous skis so that had me a little concerned...but hey, who wouldn't be concerned when you've spent a grand on new skis/bindings (and $500 on boots!) and you haven't tried em yet.
They don't seem to chatter much on ice, they can rip down a groomer and hold an edge, they do well in crud, they hold their own in moguls, and they absolutely lit up in powder. They seem like they can make any size of turn, and pretty much any speed, and they're very fun to ski on. (What ski isn't?)
My one complaint is that they don't seem to hold their own quite the same when I'm absolutely RIPPING down a run, but I suppose that's what happens when you switch from a racing ski to an all-mountain ski. They can still go fast enough to make me happy, and they kick ass everywhere else. They're the perfect ski for me because I love to ski all over the mountain (although predominantly on the backside...I would get bored ripping down groomers all day) and they can handle a large variety of conditions.
Also, the graphic is kinda weird (birds?), but it really grows on you and looks really good. People are going to start thinking that green is my favourite colour now that I have green skis and a green car...
Anyways, just figured I'd post my thoughts on these skis because I think they're great and I needed somewhere to rave about them. Very aptly named, in the words of Pierre McGuire...these skis are MONSTERS.