I am going to pick up a new pair for my 14 year old. He is a strong skier. We ski Vermont with the occasional trip out west. He has always been on slalom race skis (Volkl Racetiger's right now) but we wanted to move to an all mountain ski. He is spending a lot of time off piste (Mad River Glen woods for example) so looking to get ski that will allow him to have some fun in the woods and bumps but still carve the groomed areas.
We have settled on length between 160 and 165 for him and are focused on the Head Monster series (but open to options).
Specifically, I am looking at 3 Head skis at a local shop. These are leftovers so are priced pretty good. Unfortunately when I was in there, the kid working didn't seem to know too much about Head. I've done some research but thought Epic folks would be really helpful.
1. The Monster 75
2. The Monster IM 77 Chip Railflex (2007)
3. The Monster IM 77 (2007)
For bindings, I was leaning toward RFD 12. I like the idea of the rail flex, particularly for this situation where he is growing so much. But any recoomendations on bindigns woudl be great. and points on railflex versus flat woudl be good too in this setup.
So, what is the difference between the IM 77 with/without the Chip? What is the Chip?
The 75 is billed as being super light. Is this a good thing or does this ski give up a lot to get less weight?
Any thoughts or shared experience is hugely helpful.