Originally Posted by crudmaster
Yep it'll be a fine choice. Only certain types of fussy skiers won't be satisfied with Monsters.
At that width and length there is probably nothing else that will allow him to ski as fast in rough snow, yet still carve well. That's because Monsters are really damp, not lively.
I've been on ten year break and remember how crisp and accurate my old skis were, even though long. I'm on the much shorter im78's now and like them a bunch, but I like you said, they are damp/numb compared to my "old rossi" skis. With my old rossi I could feel every bit bit of that ski from tip to toe. The Head skis get reall¥ numb when I pick up speed. They turn on a dime though, and that's a nice feature to have in my circumstance; I'm just getting back into skiing. Product of technology perhaps?
The Head 78's are good; skiing with them has been great this year and I like the forgiveness of them, they lack a little in the feedback department. That's my only quarrel though; I like to feel what's happening under my foot and it could be the new boots I"m riding on too for that matte...
Overall. they can handle nearly any condition but lack a little in the feel department.
THe 70's which you are looking at might be the right ski for both you and I in this matter. Who knows, just my two cents.
Nearly forgot, yes IMO, the Head ski will be fine for an advancing intermediate. I like mine.....