The Head Monster 98 is a powerful all-mountain ski that likes speed and is stable and predictable on roughed up terrain. It’s built with Heads Graphene technology that provides a stiff and tough construction while still being light-weight. It’s a ski that will cater to advanced skiers that like to ski fast on the frontside groomers, or variable off-piste terrain.
2016 Head Monster 98 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Frozen Chop, Soft Crud, Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel: The Head Monster 98 feels very stable and predictable. I wouldn’t call the ski super light, but for as burly as it feels, it is not overly heavy either.
Powder: I never had the chance to test the Head Monster 98 in deep snow, but it’s not hard to imagine how this ski would perform in deeper snow. It has a 98mm waist, and a relatively mild rocker profile. The shovel is relatively large, and it has a slightly upturned tail. It would likely float decently well for a 98mm waist ski, but this isn’t going to be your go to on deep powder days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Head Monster 98 has a relatively large turn radius, and definitely seemed happier letting them run. I didn’t find them super forgiving, but turns were smooth and predictable. I never felt like I’d be thrown off if caught off guard. It’s does take a little bit of effort to get them to turn, but they feel pretty locked in once you do. They never felt super exciting, and they aren’t super quick from edge to edge, but they are stable, powerful, and solid through the turn. Aggressive riders that like to go fast will love to let these run.
Speed: The Head Monster 98 is a ski that loves speed. It was fun to just let them run. They feel powerful, stable, and smooth even when flying down the mountain. The Graphene dampens the ride so well, and inspires confidence to push the limit.
Uneven Terrain: The Head Monster 98 Is also pretty darn good in the variable and uneven terrain. This feels like a burly and beefy ski without being heavy or demanding. It’s a stiff ski that likes to eat up variable terrain. They feel damp, and stable on chop, crud, and any sort of soft piles of snow. They blast through well, and I never experienced any tip deflection. They are slightly challenging to maneuver so you need to stay on top of your game, but even when you come in hot you don’t have to worry that you’ll be thrown around.
Moguls: The Head Monster 98 is slightly sluggish, and I didn’t enjoy them a ton in the moguls. Others may like stiff skis for bumps, but I like skis with a bit more forgiving flex.
Edge Hold: The Head Monster 98 holds an edge really well. I never had it on ice, but it felt great on firm hard pack and frozen chop.
Flex: The Head Monster 98 feels relatively stiff and not extremely forgiving. It’s a ski that likes to be pushed hard, and will hold up to some pretty aggressive skiing.
Switch: The Head Monster 98 is happiest going forwards.
The Head Monster 98 actually reminds me a lot of the Dynastar Cham 2.0 97, but it likes a bit longer turns. Both are moderately light-weight and yet still feel burly and solid. They are both happy at speed and uneven terrain, but neither is extremely exciting on the groomers. I think the Head Monster 98 was a bit livelier than the Cham, but again it wasn’t really quick or snappy. The ski was happiest making medium to large radius turns, and although you can release the tail when you need to, it’s quite locked in and not very playful. It’s a very capable all-mountain charger, and I think a lot of skiers will love how powerful and stable this ski feels. If you like going fast and want a smooth and stable ride, the Head Monster 98 is a great ski for you.