2017-2018 Head Monster 98

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Head Monster 98 for Blister

Head Monster 98

Ski: 2017-2018 HEAD Monster 98, 177 cm

Available Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 175.1 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2232 & 2234 grams

Stated Dimensions: 135-98-120 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 134-98.5-120

Stated Sidecut Radius: 21.3 meters

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 57 mm / 20 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: Silver Fir + Titanal (2-layer) + Graphene Tips / Tails + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: Structured UHM C Base

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.55 cm from center; 76.0 cm from tail

 

Ski: 2017-2018 HEAD Monster 98, 184 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.1 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2373 & 2397 grams

Stated Dimensions: 136-99-121 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.5-98.5-120

Stated Sidecut Radius: 23.1 meters

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 58.5 mm / 17 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: Silver Fir + Titanal (2-layer) + Graphene Tips / Tails + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: Structured UHM C Base

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -12.55 cm from center; 78.5 cm from tail

 

Flex Pattern, 184 cm HEAD Monster 98

Hand flexing the 184 cm Head Monster 98, here’s how we’d sum up its flex pattern:

Tips: 9.5-9
Shovels: 9
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel piece: 9
Tails: 9-8.5

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1 Comment

  1. Blister Member
    vanhanbr March 10, 2018 Reply

    I just bought a pair of 177s, used them for 3 days in Keystone, CO. I’m 5’9″, 165 lbs. Mounted them +2cm as I normally ski more progressive, less directional, less stiff skis. They were perfect for the hard, icy conditions due to lack of fresh snow. I spent most of the time on groomers. We got 2-5″ the last day and they were still pretty fun and I could still pivot fairly easily in the trees. Moguls were a little difficult (but not impossible) due to the fact that the skis barely flexed and I had to sort of see-saw my way down on the larger bumps. You want to keep forward stance, center weighted stance would let skis wonder quit a bit and set you up for catching an edge (although I didn’t detune tips). Didn’t notice this as much in softer snow. Couldn’t find speed limit. Good purchase.

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