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Can't find info on Monster m75

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I recently picked up a new pair of Head skis called the Monster m75, like the ones here:

 

www.levelninesports.com/head-monster-all-mountain-skis-170cm-p-4649.html


I'm loving the skis and they've definitely helped me progress beyond the level 4 ability that I was floundering at.  Unfortunately, I still can't find any real information about these skis; they aren't listed anywhere on Head's website.  I'm guessing it might have been designed for a big retailer. 

 

The ski almost seems like it's more related to the Xenons than the Monsters.  It has Head's new Aircoat technology that they use on the higher end Xenons; they're the lightest skis I've ever used, but still pretty stiff.  However, it doesn't have LiquidMetal or the Intelligence fibers.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Even if you can only provide with an email address of someone knowledgeable at Head, because their website only gives me a generic phone number to call.

post #2 of 10

They're pretty old - probably 2-3 seasons back.  That's why you can't find much.  Can't help much more than that unfortunately.

post #3 of 10

Based on the graphics, I think these are probably the last year of the 75, possibly 2007 or so.

post #4 of 10

You really said all you need to know about the ski in your first four words "I'm loving the skis". It's a high performance ski. I believe it was the "Ski of the Year" in 2004 or 2005 in at least one well respected rating/reviewing service. It was one of the first mid 70's width skis that was considered wide enough for fresh snow but also had enough edge grip for hard pack and could also ski bumps. It was considered very versatile at the time. There are probably more like it today and some may be even more versatile, but the m75 was ahead of it's time and still a fine ski.

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Thread Starter 

First of all, thanks for all your responses.  I agree that me liking the skis is the most important thing. Sometimes it's nice to know a little about them, like when they were made and other features. 

 

Here's the thing though: They're definitely not a few seasons old, because they're specifically labeled as using Aircoat, and they're noticeably lighter than other skis. Head didn't start using Aircoat until 2008

 

www.epicski.com/forum/thread/54639/head-aircoat-technology

 

So I really don't think these are the older i.m 75's most of you are probably thinking of, but they may still be based on the same design but without the Intelligence fibers.  I've checked the current Head catalog and also this 07-08 catalog announcing the skis that will have Aircoat doesn't mention mine:

 

http://www.head.com/__/?5158.9060d7ce.DL (the forum won't let me put this as a link for some reason)

 

However, they do show a picture of the Monster i.m. 95 O.B. which has the exact same graphics as mine, but in black/red.  Unfortunately, this is only the first 11 pages of the catalog and I can't find a full copy of it anywhere.  I guess the good thing is that I now know that they're real and from the 07-08 model year. 

 

post #6 of 10

All of the Monster line has some variation of those graphics going back a couple years, so that may or may not help pin it down.

 

Where did you buy them?  That may give us a clue.  Certain internet retailers get stock of odd-ball ski models.  For instance, www.levelninesports.com often has rental models for sale that we haven't heard of anywhere else.
 

Here's another set on eBay, suggesting an 07/08 model:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/07-08-Head-Monster-M-75-Red-Blue-Skis-Flat-163cm-NEW_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQitemZ270339403848

 

I sure don't remember this model in the Monster lineup for 07/08, I can tell you that much!

post #7 of 10
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My girlfriend got the skis for me as a gift, because I went out and bought some good boots after 4 straight days of skiing on these awful single strap rear-entry rentals that gave me major toe cramps... never again.  I did some snooping around and found they were indeed from Level Nine, which makes sense with our wonderful grad student salaries.

 

You're right, they're probably something from the rental fleet, although imho they perform better than the rentals I've used, or a left over special makeup from a big retailer. 

 

I know you should really demo, demo demo, but I guess I got lucky.  I'll probably upgrade in a year or two now that I have a season pass for the upcoming winter . They're only 163 and I'm 5'9", I'd like to get something wider in the 170's once I build up my skill level and confidence.

 

post #8 of 10

 

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You're right, they're probably something from the rental fleet, although imho they perform better than the rentals I've used, or a left over special makeup from a big retailer.  


Rentals only perform that way becuase they've been rentals.    I'm betting that yours were probably just a special run for some retailer or something.  Head does a lot of that it seems.  Rossi does it from time to time as well.
 

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My girlfriend got the skis for me as a gift, because I went out and bought some good boots after 4 straight days of skiing on these awful single strap rear-entry rentals that gave me major toe cramps... never again.  I did some snooping around and found they were indeed from Level Nine, which makes sense with our wonderful grad student salaries.

 

You're right, they're probably something from the rental fleet, although imho they perform better than the rentals I've used, or a left over special makeup from a big retailer. 

 

I know you should really demo, demo demo, but I guess I got lucky.  I'll probably upgrade in a year or two now that I have a season pass for the upcoming winter . They're only 163 and I'm 5'9", I'd like to get something wider in the 170's once I build up my skill level and confidence.

 


I was skiing on spent Kastles when I was in grad school, so you're way ahead of the game for a poor grad student.  +1 for having a great girlfriend that buys you skis!

 

It is good to demo, but there are also a few models of skis that are low-risk and high payoff, and that includes most of the Head Monster series except for the iM88 (it's a beast).  So you definitely fell ass-backwards into the right pair of skis in the absence of a demo.

post #10 of 10

If you have the same graphic pattern as the 07-08 OB (the red and black one), your ski is probably also from that year. My impression is that Head misadvertised a lot about aircoat tech, seemed like all the Monsters had it when in reality it was just the 95OB. May be off on that. Most iM75's were sold in the 03--06 period; I believe they overlapped with the iM77's just like the current iM76 is a slightly softer version of the iM78. I'm with 219, really don't recall them from 07. But the last mention I can find online of a current iM75 is in fact from fall 2007, when a chip version in black joined the regular 75. 

 

So in any case you have a good ski, solid performance parameters, enjoy!

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