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Head Monster 88 Ti 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB

PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

While the Kore 93 from Head shone in the all mountain/freeride category, the more piste-oriented Monster 88 found the competition stiffer in the midst of more versatile skis.

The reviewers praised the Monster 88's excellent behaviour on the piste. The ski was judged to be "a good piste ski", proving docile and grippy, and especially happy in short turns. The ski is accessible and very user-friendly.

Off-piste, its behaviour is correct with good flotation in powder, but it doesn't do quite as well as the Kendo, Pinnacle 85, Stormrider 88...
Despite its size at the waist (88mm) and its rocker, the Monster 88 can't hide its piste ski DNA. It's the perfect ski for intermediate to good riders who love whizzing down the groomers but would like a ski that can handle all snow conditions and that they can also use off the beaten track from time to time.

Review: Pros

  • Well behaved on the piste
  • Versatile
  • User-friendly
  • Good overall performance
  • Comfortable in short turns
  • Good float in powder

Review: Cons

  • Behaviour deteriorates at high speed
  • Less convincing freeride behaviour compared to some of the models reviewed
  • Turn initiation is not very intuitive

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
14.2
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
14.4
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.5
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.6
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.7
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
15.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
14.2
Freeride - Flotation quality
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Handling in powder
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
13.2
Freeride - Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
10.7
All-terrain comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0

Who's it for?

Intermediate → Very good

Manufacturer's remarks

Which skis do the World Cup Rebels use in their free time? The Monster 88

Features of the Monster 88 Ti

Brand : Head
Model : Monster 88 Ti
Year : 2019
Family : All-Mountain
Size tested : 177 cm
Tip size : 133 mm
Waist size : 88 mm
Tail size : 114 mm

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2018