The Head Monster 88 is an excellent frontside-oriented all-mountain ski. These skis stick to Head's roots and are some of the most hard-snow oriented skis in the "all-mountain" category. Some readers will argue that we should have included these in the mixed snow category, but we disagree. There are better mixed snow skis out there. The Monster 88s want to be skied at speed on groomers with the occasional venture off-trail. You can feel the two sheets of metal in the Monster 88s, both in the stiff flex and weight. At low speeds they're not thrilling, but they wake up at irresponsible speeds. You need space to let these run and then you can flex them and ride along.
Who is this ski for?
These are heavy and stiff skis, but they don't flinch if you need to bust apart some bumps. They are a great choice on the afternoon of light powder days. They are an even better choice for spring skiing where the morning is refrozen hard pack softening in the afternoon.
Who is this ski not for?
The Monster 88s demanded a strong carving technique. Intermediate skiers will likely find themselves overwhelmed. If you like a slashing, new school feel you'll do better elsewhere. Skip them if you're looking for something forgiving or a ski for moderate speeds. This can be a very polarizing ski to someone without the skills to use them.