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Head Monster iM 78 SW (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124/78/110
Lengths: 165, 171, 177, 183

Stability at speed: 3.78 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.75 / 5
Crud performance: 3.30 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.03 / 5

Like the i.M 88, the 78 is a sturdy, race-like construction. No wonder its defining attributes are unshakable stability and a greed for speed. Intelligence fibers add an extra dose of torsional rigidity, which helps with a sidecut this deep. With its 78-mm waist, it’ll rip on hard snow with Head-like competence. Crud performance was good, but those looking for more float should consider the i.M 88. “Very stable and easy to initiate on groomers and very fun in crud,” said Rifkin.

Best For

High-speed arcs on soft groomers.

Not For

Big powder days.