I'll start with saying this is probably one of the more fun and versatile skis I have used in the last few years. This is a ski that excels in almost every condition. The early rocker profile does a great job riding over the chunky stuff on a chopped up afternoon, and gives great lift when the snow is a little deeper. The 108mm underfoot (111mm in my 190cm model) gives the feel of a much larger ski when the snow is soft, yet the profile still rails turns on hardpack like a sub 100mm ski. Currently have them mounted with Salomon STH 16 bindings between â€œCenterâ€ and â€œRecommendedâ€ and finding this a pretty sweet spot for just about anything I throw at them. For someone who doesn't see much in variable days, I'd probably go a little further back though.
As for how they ski, they really adapt well to all conditions. With the 190cm I don't feel like I am outskiing these at all. They have tons of ski ahead of the binding and really ride up ontop of whatever snow there is. For suck a big ski they are incredibly maneuverable, which makes them great to throw around in the trees where quick turns are essential. A little shift of the weight to the back can also shut them down very quickly, or simply fun tail slashes. Combining the soft tip and stiffness from the front contact point back, these skis are really fun to pop off everything, making tree runs and bumped up pow a blast to tear around. The underfoot stiffness does allow you to really lay these out and carry speed without things getting too scary when there is a groomer to be done between tree laps.
If the option is available, these would be a great pairing with a pair of Salomon Guardian touring bindings for a solid side country set up. They would be a little heavy for full B/C tour days, but would fit perfect for times when a little extra up means a tons of fun terrain.
Overall these skis are getting the most days on my feet this season so far because they are just so versatile and fun. Well done Salomon.