A great ski for playing in the park or anywhere on the mountain. At 86 under foot its got the width for stomped landings and steady rail-sliding in the park and can hold its own in the pow-pow. The softer tips and tails give it a wicked amount of pop and its stiffness under the foot make it stable as hell.
I've only skied on them for a few months on the glacier in Whistler, during which I admittedly had a bit of a bum knee, but I had a ton of fun hitting rails, buttering and testing my fate on a few smaller jumps. I felt confident and almost as cool as Ian Cosco on them, whom I hooked up with these skis for a few laps so he could give em a shot by performing his wacky aerialistic maneuvers on them. He called them one of the more fun park skis he's tried...and then he didn't give them back for the rest of the day, or the next day, or the next day. And after my muscular, stone-faced Italian friends finally got them back for me, everytime I took them off at Momentum they would mysteriously disappear.
Neon topsheets, bases, sidewalls.
Loud, obnoxious and in-you-face.
It's almost like I designed them.
As everyone knows, Salomon's usually tend to be a bit more expensive than the K2's and Line's of the world, and I wasn't a huge fan of their previous park offerings (although I loved the Foil for all-around skiing), but they've really hit a home run with the Suspect. I would recommend anyone and everyone giving these skis a shot to see what they think, and I'd be surprised if you'd be disappointed.
I'm rocking the 176, which is right around my preferred length for park skis. At 5'9, 160 pounds (with my boots on), they're not too long, as I find anything over 180 a bit clunky in the park, but they're not too short, as anything under 175 feels a bit rickety for me when I'm terrorizing young children and pissing off speed control in the beginner areas.
I hate stiff park skis, but at the same time, I've been skiing on Line's for years, which I always felt were a touch soft, The Suspect is a good balance between both ends of the spectrum, as the tips and tails are a bit softer so you can butter and pop easily, while under foot it's as sturdy as a well-made pirate ship.
So far, so good. As I said, I've only skied on them for a few months, but being that I was up nearly every day this summer they've seen about 30-40 days. No signs of chipping or edge damage, and I skied a bunch this year with Sammy, Clarke and Walker who all have pairs of them and they all still appear to be in great shape.
These were a great east coast park and all mountain ski. Quick and snappy in typical Salomon style - lots of pop, but stiff enough to get ripping down the groomers. Good control on the rails and the swing weight was nice to be able to toss around. I had the 912 bindings (or the equivalent to those in the 08 version) so the whole setup was quite light.
I took them out to Vail for a bit of a shred and they were slightly out matched for the deeper snow - but still handled well on the steeps and some off piste action as well.