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Head Monster 82

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At an end of season sale last year I picked up a pair of 172 Head Monster 82s. I had been skiing a set of 164 X-Wing Fury's and I have to say the Head skis are so much fun. I have found this ski so be very stable at high speeds and forgiving in the crud. I skied at Mt. Hood in the soft powder, slush, ice, and wind blown (all in 1 week ) and never found anything they didn't handle well. I would recommend this ski to anyone that is looking for a great all around ski.
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I bought a brand new pair of Monsters a few days ago. I get to pick them up on Monday and I'm really looking forward to going out and trying them!
post #3 of 10
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I have to add to this. I just spent 7 days in Whistler skiing everything from powder to water. I demoed some other skis and never found one I liked better. This ski just works so well. I feel like it helped me refine my technique and I have never skied better.

5'10
195lbs
35
advanced skier
post #4 of 10
Gotta love the monsters.

Got the IM78's and they make me smile on every run.

Willing to go out on a limb and say the Monsters are one of the few skis on the market that I think you can buy untested/undemo and feel quite confident your not going to be disappointed.
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skylolow was my favorite midget wrestler as a kid. Couldn't resist, don't hate me for it. Honest the guy existed in the world of wrestling and I should be embarrassed I know that.
post #6 of 10
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)

The conditions:
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.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by skylolow View Post
...Willing to go out on a limb and say the Monsters are one of the few skis on the market that I think you can buy untested/undemo and feel quite confident your not going to be disappointed.
Except when that limb has a 130lb. skier at the end of it. In that case the skier has to choose between a:
  • 172cm iM82 (I know I won't be able to ski 'em in that length, at least not anymore in this lifetime).
  • 165cm iM78 (it may be the right length, but it was the iM82 that I went out on that limb for).
  • 161cm im82 (I ain't buying something that short without demo'ing them and even then I ain't buying something that short...).
Not sure what Head's strategy was when they chose this length selection, but it wasn't a selling point for me - an 11cm jump in the two shorter iM82 lengths, what were they smoking?
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by ski-ra View Post
Except when that limb has a 130lb. skier at the end of it. In that case the skier has to choose between a:
  • 172cm iM82 (I know I won't be able to ski 'em in that length, at least not anymore in this lifetime).
  • 165cm iM78 (it may be the right length, but it was the iM82 that I went out on that limb for).
  • 161cm im82 (I ain't buying something that short without demo'ing them and even then I ain't buying something that short...).
Not sure what Head's strategy was when they chose this length selection, but it wasn't a selling point for me - an 11cm jump in the two shorter iM82 lengths, what were they smoking?
Have you considered the 164 iM88?
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Have you considered the 164 iM88?
Thanks!
I was really only stirring up the pot in reaction to the "out on the limb...you can buy untested/undemo" the iM82's comment posted by skylolow. I currently own the 167cm Watea 84's which fill my needs as my tweener ski.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by bndfishing View Post
I have to add to this. I just spent 7 days in Whistler skiing everything from powder to water. I demoed some other skis and never found one I liked better. This ski just works so well. I feel like it helped me refine my technique and I have never skied better.
For Head skis or any other brand..finding your mate is what it's all about! Great to hear.

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Originally Posted by Torture View Post
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.
Good stuff ^^ especially the "get bored" comment . FWIW, working the base no more than 1* with a true 3* side bevel has helped immensely from the factory wrapper. It quickly changes the characteristics of the monster series for the positive.

I too have been impressed with Head monster series as they have for the moment found the versatility an all mountain ski was intended...especially for those who enjoy setting an edge and making a turn of consequence [or in the effort to do so ].

Further, I find the real value with Head monster is it's ability to deal with any terrain circumstance letting you focus on the progression of your fine balance without the nuisance of jumping around in a quiver. In other words, it takes the ski out of the equation and places the balance of your attention where it should be; growing confidence, improving skills along with all that stuff between the ears.
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