The Salomon 2012 has done extremely well for me this season, and has skied through everything from slush to deep pow, and having demoed around 15 pairs of skis this season, these would have to be my favorite. They have held up really well durability wise, have helped me learn a lot of new tricks, and shown me a good time. I would recommend these to anyone wanting a really fun park ski, or a one ski quiver mostly directed towards park
These skis rip pretty much everything, I've skied everything from 2 feet of pow to slushy park jumps to rocks to ice(although nothing skis well in that) and these have performed exactly how I wanted them to, the only problem I have is that they're kind of heavy, I have them mounted with STH 12s and compared to most people's skis they're pretty heavy, but nothing to really worry about. The 2012's are a great one ski quiver for someone like me who isn't able to afford a park and a pow ski in the same season.
The graphics are really sick, one of my favorite designs from this year. The rocker isn't really noticable at all other than when you don't fully get the rotation on a rail, they're pretty forgiving and seem to slide you round to the right position which is nice for when your learning a rail trick.
I got hooked up by a local store and got the skis and bindings for just over 600 CAD, so definitley a good price. If your looking to buy them, Dstructure currently has a really good deal on a pair with free shipping to Canada and 15 dolllars to the States, check those out.
I'm 5"10 and have the 179's which are great, wouldn't have gone with any shorter.
Alot of people have been saying this is a really soft ski, but I would rate it about 5/10, kind of perfect for everyone, would maybe like it a bit softer for me.
I knew I was taking a risk buying Salomon skis after all the snapped pairs of Suspects I have seen lately, my friend finally snapped his pair of first gen Suspects that he had 8 days on(hes not a very serious skier) and it was off a little drop or something, a lot of people have similar stories. It seems that the skis with edge armor don't hold up as well as the other ones. I have no problems with my edges after 40 days of use all hitting rails at some point in the day, and countless backyard rail sessions. Not a single edge crack is on them, which is pretty rare for a park ski thats been used this much. The topsheet is chipping quite a bit, I got a big chunk out of my tail the first day I used them but nothing really started happening until about 30 days, the tips now have a few chunks taken out of them and above the toepiece on my left ski there's a little chunk taken off but this is all from typical wear and tear, and I am not worried about it.
Very interesting product that was extremely fun to ride thanks to a snappy core and agile rocker technology. Hopefully these new techs stand the test of time!
I demoed this ski last season (179cm) so I cannot comment on long term durability or break in period.
I rode a new pair (no park riding on em yet) and when i took them on the groomers and in the trees they ended up suprising me quite a bit. Initially I wasn't sold on the idea that they could perform well outside of the park but with new, sharp edges these things held an edge surpising well for a park ski in Ontario :P The rockered tips and tails make the skis extremely agile in the trees which opened up a lot of options on my small local hill.
Riding around and carving groomers felt stable and reliable thanks to the lively core/core profile (loads of camber underfoot). Hitting jumps and rails was just as easy, with the bonus being if I didn't land dead straight, I was able to revert/save myself from spilling. They even felt pretty good in the pipe although I could only take a couple runs through it with em.
Any yes, these skis butter like its no ones business. Anything was possible, pure fun!
Is this worth the extra couple hundred bucks over the Suspect, sure. No edge armour, very lively core, new tech... this goes head to head with higher end skis no problem.
Im 5'6 ~150lbs and I rode the 179. Not sure if I would have gone much shorter either...too bad there wasn't a ~185 for bigger people.
Very snappy. Medium flex overall (not a soft noodle like a lot of park skis), reliable rocker profile/flex for nose and tail presses.
Some concerns I had with the 2012 over the long term would be the effect of dulled edges underfoot on carving ability. The reason being that the 2012 has a short running surface and the rocker profile which moves the skis strongest points of contact much closes underfoot. I wasn't sure whether the edges would still bite after a season of rails but other then that, it seemed no worse for wear then any other park ski. No edge armour either :)
Since their inception I was a touch on the skeptical side of things when it came to rockered park skis. I felt the technology only made sense in powder, and although I understood its obvious benefit when it came to buttering, I prefer turning
to buttering. But I began whistling a different tune when I first tried these skis.
One of the most playful and fun skis for cruising around in park. Not surprising from Salomon, the company that brought us twin-tips.
The purex-soft and slightly-rockered tip and tail make popping and initiating a turn a breeze, while the firmness underfoot prevents wash out and can hold an edge with the best of them.