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Any info on Head Peak 78?!?!?!

post #1 of 22
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So im going to be buying some ski's soon and have decided to buy Head Peak 78's but not sure which year to go for. The two options are the 2010 season and upcoming 2011 models, both of which in 171cm length. The thing is the 2010 model has a layer of metal in whereas the 2011 doesn't. How much of a difference does this make and how does it affect its versatility? I'm going to be doing a ski instructor course this season so i guess the 2011 may be better and easier to work at slower speeds. Strangely i found that i can get the newer 2011 model cheaper but has anyone got any more information on the peak serires for the upcoming season. I heard that the new peaks would be more damp and tame. Anyone got any information on this metal layer business they talk about? I cant find a straight answer anywhere!

post #2 of 22

Last years peak 78 (and the previous monster 78) were considered by many to be a great all around ski.  I was only able to try it on eastern hardpack/manmade snow, but I loved it and almost purchased a pair.  My understanding is the new peak 78 is likely to be a very different ski. There is some info around about the new model- try the search function.  If you have not demoed the 2011 model yourself, I would suggest you atleast get an opinion from one of the knowledgeable sources on this site.  Many are dealers or reps.     Jim

post #3 of 22

If you like the old Peak78, get one while you can.

post #4 of 22
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The problem is i havent used any of them yet but im soo convinced by the raving reviews.

post #5 of 22

Warning!  Some friends that skied the new 2011 Peak 78 FLR said DO NOT buy them without an all day demo. The Flowride Technology  makes them a very different ski than Monster/Peak 78's from 09/10. They are nothing like the old skis.

 

 

I hope to demo, maybe.

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Is it true that the new 2011 peaks are ALOT softer? Because they havn't got any metal in them.

post #7 of 22

You might try giving Jim or Phil at Starthaus, or Scott ("Dawgcatching") a call.  They could probably answer all of your questions and would be more than willing to help (especially if they carry the ski you are interested in).   Jim

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by bjames View Post

You might try giving Jim or Phil at Starthaus, or Scott ("Dawgcatching") a call.  They could probably answer all of your questions and would be more than willing to help (especially if they carry the ski you are interested in).   Jim


I didn't carry the Heads last year because we were unimpressed with the whole Peak series and didn't even look at the 11's. If you want the 11's we would be glad order some for you. Unfortunately we are out of the 10 Nordica Fuels in a 171 which were a great alternative for the Monster/Peak 78..now if you were willing to step up to an 84 waist...

post #9 of 22
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I am also considering the 2009 Head Monster 82 with mojo 12 bindings, the specs look awsome and have great reviews. Also i can get them cheaper than the peaks. Reviews suggest the monsters are the best all mountain skis around.........they're ranked #1 on epic i think.

What ratio would anyone rate the Monster 82 (2009) Powder : Piste  ?


Edited by gapyearskier - 8/10/10 at 2:01am
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by gapyearskier View Post

I am also considering the 2009 Head Monster 82 with mojo 12 bindings, the specs look awsome and have great reviews. Also i can get them cheaper than the peaks. Reviews suggest the monsters are the best all mountain skis around.........they're ranked #1 on epic i think.

What ratio would anyone rate the Monster 82 (2009) Powder : Piste  ?


Well, it sounds like you know to avoid the Peak 82. The question is, can you find a 09 172 Monster 82? I think the "Leftover Ski Factory" os closed for retooling . The Monster 82 was a nice frontside ski with some powder attributes but by no means a powder ski. 

post #11 of 22

I concur that the Monster 82's are not very good in powder.  The snow keeps hitting me in the face every time I make a turn.  

 

Getting deep on Corvatsch 4-2-10.JPG

post #12 of 22
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http://www.climateski.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=4&ModelID=6      this is the site for the Head Monster 82 (2009) with mojo 12 bindings included, and £345. So im thinking its a great offer.

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post #14 of 22
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http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Monster-Im-78-Rf-Skis 

 

Sale: $299.00
 


But only a 183..he wants a 171. 

post #15 of 22

oops!

post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 

Yh , the 183 would feel far too long for my liking also if i went for the monsters i would get the 82 's because i hear that the old monster line can cope with hardpack and ice much better with respect to waist width. Also just a note: i live in the UK so despite the great price shipping and import fees do apply. 

Much appreciated though.

post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

Just ordered some Head Monster 82 (2009) in 171cm with Head mojo 12 bindings! Cant wait to get them!

post #18 of 22

Congratulations on your purchase! I am also considering Monsters or Peak in 78. Great skis.

 

Can anybody advise please! I am trying to choose either 2010 Peak 78 or 2010 Peak Ltd (which are 74). Skiing mostly in NW on groomed slopes, I am an advanced skier (not an expert).

 

What would be the reasons to choose one skis over another? Thanks!!!

post #19 of 22
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Obviously i cant make any judgement on American conditions and resorts as i've never skied there but m second choice ski would have been the 2010 Head Peak 78. I contacted a retailer that said that there is no metal in one of the new 2011 peak 78's and apparently has much more flex. So i would say the 2010's are more suited for you on groomed runs. But i can tell you now from all my research that all reviews suggested that the peak 78 / 82 are very much the same as the famed monsters which are the top all mountain skis on epic.

 

I think to choose between them you probably need to plan out a typical day (or week) on the mountain and see what types of terrain come out on top, if it is 70% or more on groomed and icy conditions then i suggest the narrower peak ltd. These would cope better with edge hold and the turn radius should give you better manouverability.

If your considering more of 50% groomed 50% off piste (or there abouts) i would suggest more the 78's because they provide that extra bit of width for stability and moderate floatation.

 

Thats my input, its only adressing key specs such as width but hope it helps a bit.

post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

Just checked out the 74's quickly on epic and they seem to be great skis for groomed with the functionality for the ocasional excursion off the trail. So if that sounds like you then there you go.

post #21 of 22

Thank you for your input. We rarely see a good snow here in Washington DC area. So I mostly ski on groomed human made snow and ice.

From this point of view I can get LTD 74 and be OK with that.

 

These Peak LTDs feature a new technology - Aircoat Hollow Glass - found only in these skis. So I don't know if there is a downside of using that technology. No reviews about that. but regular Peak/Monsters got very good reviews everywhere.

 

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The Peak LTD is an all-mountain men's ski from Head's All Mountain Freeride lineup.  The ski is a step up from the Peak since it features Aircoat Hollow Glass technology which utilizes hollow glass fibers to reduce the weight by up to 40% while remaining strong and agile.  It includes Head's Intelligence technology which utilizes Intellifibers to adapt the stiffness of the ski to the rider and riding conditions.  The ski also has Liquidmetal technology and an X-Frame construction for better performance.  The Peak LTD is recommended for advanced skiers that have a very good skiing technique.  It is best suited for groomed ski runs but is versatile and can be used either on or off piste.  The ski is suggested for use with Head's RF 11 or RDF 12 bindings and comes in a black/silver color.

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post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

Oh i been to Washington DC couple years back in summer and stayed nearby in Virginia. Are those mountains any good because i have relatives out there and heard theres skiing locally.

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