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Ski Review: Head Monster X

The Monster series of alpine skiing from Head is not just not new, but not new at all. They were new in the early 2000s and even then were doubtful and incomprehensible because of their prohibitive longitudinal rigidity. For some time they were not in the catalogue, then they appeared again unclear why because Head had no direct need for this class of skis. As a result, they have been in the lineup for the past few years, and last year a new version of "Monster X" appeared in them, which we deprived of attention, although it did not deserve it at all, and today is the time to pay it back.

The fate of the Monster series is definitely not simple. From the very beginning, something was constantly wrong with her. Although, it is absolutely clear what exactly is rigidity. Although they were, at the time of their first appearance, quite wide relative to the skis that were produced at that time, their stiffness killed all hopes for easy gliding off-piste, and with their width, it could and would make sense to consider it just for such skiing. For some time they were discontinued and instead of them they tried to produce track wagons with which everything also somehow did not work out very well and as a result, the following turned out: Head got successful Instinct wagons and successful Kore freeride wagons and there was no room for Monster at all. It turned out that for skiing they are very tough and therefore fast and therefore not interesting, but for skiing off-piste, they are again tough and narrow for their rigidity and again not interesting. Quite quickly, the most ridiculous model with a waist 105 disappeared from the series, which, with their stiffness, was completely illogical. For several years they were a "fish umbrella" in the Head catalogue, all testers and experts constantly reproached them for stiffness and assumed that if they reduced the longitudinal stiffness, they would become more interesting and last year it happened - a model without the Monster X titanium appeared.

Monster X is a completely old Monster model with an 83 waist that simply doesn't have a titanal. That is, Monster X is a lighter and softer version of the Monster 83 model. That is, Head heard complaints about the extreme rigidity of the Monster series skis and instead of writing them off to the dustbin of history made a model without a titan. She was born in the season 18-19, but she appeared very quietly without introducing herself at ISPO (the main ski exhibition). Apparently, at first they decided to check her out or not, and by the end of the season decide to leave her or not. As a result, they showed themselves in such a version quite well and decided to leave them presenting at ISPO as a novelty of the 19-20 season. It should be noted that for universal skis it has traditionally happened that the softer the ski, the better. In wagons, people value riding comfort and cross-country ability and soft skis work much better in this class. Why was Monster skiing so tough initially? - It is incomprehensible to anyone. The lack of a titanal in Model X does not mean that the skis are soft as jelly. Not. Not only the titanal determines the stiffness of the skis. In them, even without a titanal, there is something that gives them sufficient longitudinal rigidity. In principle, they never had problems with the design and they always felt the presence of a decent tree inside.

As a result, in the season 19-20, we have in the Monster 3 series models: 88, 83 and 83X. Everything. Unlike last year's two models 88Ti and 83Ti. The fact that Ti was removed from the name of old models did not affect the internal structure of the skis: there was so much titanal in them that there was so much left. Apparently, they just decided to remove Ti from the name so that they seemed softer by ear. Not otherwise.

What in reality will show skiing in the snow should be checked in the snow. For the entire previous season, in no tests, we have ever come across these skis. We hope to be able to verify them in business in the new season. I want to definitely test them both because they are really new skis, and for a personal understanding of how much their skating has actually changed after removing the extra titan. After all, we, too, on tests of previous versions made assumptions that skis can be significantly more interesting if they are made softer. So it’s interesting to check whether it is so or not.