Rating: 3.03 / 5
Waist Width: 88
Stability at speed: 4.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.83 / 5
Crud performance: 3.39 / 5
Flotation: 2.43 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.36 / 5
Overall: 3.03 / 5
We warn you. But if you don't normally heed warnings-or "slow zone" signs-this might be just the ski for you. The new Monster is well named,
a powerful beast, hefty and damp and not for sissies. Don't buy it for playful new-school smearing and skidding, but testers said strong Easterners who live on the edge are going to love its calm, unshakable demeanor at any speed on any snow. Larson: "Lotta ponies under the hood. Strong, solid edge feel. Open it up and it'll make you smile."
NOTES: The Monster 88 is the middle ground ski in the Monster series, with a 133 mm tip, 88 mm waist, and 114 mm tail (at 177 cm) intended for equal performance in powder and on hardpack. Its 17.4 m radius (at 177 cm) is also designed for a wide variety of turns depending on what terrain the day presents you with. For something similar but skinnier, check out the Monster 83. And for something similar but wider, check out the Monster 98 and Monster 108.
The all-new Monster Series specializes in skis designed to go everywhere, whether it's groomers, powder, or whatever other snow conditions you may be presented with. Camber underfoot is integrated for carving when the snow's not too deep, while Allride Rocker lifts tips up and over powder and other varied terrain, designed for floatation and better turn initiation. WC Sandwich Cap Construction is built to hold everything together with a variety of materials including Graphene (Head says this is "the strongest, lightest and thinnest material known to mankind") and titanal, collectively designed for responsiveness and power. If you like to ski a little bit of everything, this is one of the best series Head has to offer you.
Head, based in Kennelbach, Austria, was founded in 1950. Its U.S. headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.