• Salomon Foil 2005

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      • Review by Mr.Bishop on Aug 29, 2013 @ 11:20 AM
        • 2
      • Review:

        Overall

        The Foil is an amazing ski. It is extremely light, lively, and it has a ton of snap when you load it in a turn. If you are spinning onto a rail, the low swing weight won't impede your spin. If you're doing a trick on a huge table, the ski has enough performance to hold you in place when you land. Not too stiff, not too soft, just right in the middle.

        The main complaint about Salomon's skis is the foam core. Yes, they do lose their snap after a season or two, this is true. However, how many skis are actually good after two seasons in a park?

        Performance

        The 16m turning radius makes the ski perform great on groomed runs. In the halfpipe, I found it set a great edge and kept power through the transition. Spinning onto rails the low swingweight made it easy. Tricks on jumps, my legs felt lively and easy to move around.

        Disadvantage is that when taken into deeper snow, the ski did not float as well as I had hoped. Granted I mounted them dead-centre, but if you're looking for a powder ski get something fat. This is a park stick that can be used elsewhere if you have to.

        Design

        You can tell that Salomon hires a team of engineers to make their products. They are lightweight, and well-built.

        The graphics are very interesting. I happen to love them for the simple fact that they're extremely different and really wild. I believe they're done by a dutch artist who made them look like an old bazooka joe wrapper. Many people hate the graphics, but I like them for the simple reason that they're different. Graphics are personal taste, so you'll have to make your own decisions on this one.

        Value

        The Foils are an expensive pair of skis. Ex-racers (like me) will love this ski, because it will actually carve a proper turn, unlike many other park skis out there. It is a fantastic ski, well-built, plenty of performance, great warranty and support.

        Characteristics

        The foil has kind of a mid-range flex. Not too stiff, not too soft. The biggest comment is SPRING. Its like these things are loaded any time they get flexed and will take off on you if you're not careful. This is my favorite part of the ski, when you set a deep carve, they launch you out of it. Really helps with ollies and butters, especially if you're not just faking it.

        Durability

        Salomon skis hardly ever break. The only problem is they do lose liveliness somewhat over time. Many say that the foam core is responsible for this. After a few seasons on a pair of foils, you'll be wanting new ones, even if the design hasn't changed. Edges break out and the ski gets beat up. I wouldn't really say though that this is out of the norm. I have ridden many super stiff, beefy wood-core skis, and after a season they're pieces of crap too.

        Skis get beat up. Wood core or not, if you're doing a season of hard park riding your skis are fucked up and thats that.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
      • Review by Elife on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
        • 0
      • Review:

        Overall

        It's a good ski, but not fabulous...On the east coast it will make a great all mountain ski for someone who skis around 50% park. Great dimensions, reasonable fatness, and a tight turning radius that makes for snappy edging, good hold in the pipe, carving off the lip. Still, I wish I had gone for something more all mountain. I thought this would be more effective in crud and powder, but nay...twas not to be.

        Performance

        Honestly, for a long time I loved my Foils, they were a great all mountain east coast PARK ski...unfortunately, I moved more and more away from the park and as I did I felt my level of satisfaction declined, they don't float well enough to deal with the seldom east coast powder, and really don't inspire confidence at speeds. But when I skied park the spun, slid, and held up amazingly well. None of that spring was gone after a full year of skiing.

        Design

        Looks....meh, we all pretty much know what they look like...nothing to write home about but not too shabby either. Not a big fan of the cap construction, it gets all dinged up and delam can become a bigger issue, but hey, no big problems yet so I can't complain.

        Note: They are fucking purple, be not fooled by the photo that makes them look grey. But its a nice purple...I guess

        Value

        The entire ski industry is overpriced if you ask me, but, respectively, the Foil is a decently priced ski...however if youre going to spend 600 bucks on these (w/ bindings) there are some better values, like the Volkl Karmas (mmmmmm....karmas...)

        Characteristics

        My thoughts on the flex pattern of the 1080 Foil...at first flex they feel surprisingly stiff and definately springy. Didn't feel like the shape of the flex allowed for easy buttering but still not too bad. A little chattery at speed.

        Durability

        Very durable for a foam core ski...so pleased that the pop hasn't gone slack yet. All other damage is cosmetic, no edge seperation or delam at all.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Foil
    • Manufacturer:
    • Salomon
    • Year:
    • 2005
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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