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All Mountain Frontside Skis 2017: Head Monster 88

75 percent on-trail / 25 percent off-trail


They named it the Monster, so you should know what you’re getting into: in the 88’s, a World Cup style sandwich cap construction backed by titanal. The word “damp” appeared on nearly every test card. So, too, “stable.” We’d call it a high-speed cruiser if it actually weren’t far more versatile than that. Off-trail, the 88mm waist is enough to float the ski in soft snow up to the boot cuffs. On-trail, a dynamic skier can get it arcing into 17-meter turns and shorter. But really, the Monster excels at bashing through chopped crud and the end of day piles on skier-battered groomers without getting bucked. “Bring it up to speed and it rips,” said a tester.

Swami gripe: Skis “heavy” at slower speeds.

Swami like: Mass + Gravity = Monstrous Good Times.

Overall: 4.3 Turn Shape Variability: 4.4 Carving: 4.3 Dimensions: 133/88/114 

Head Monster 88


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