I love these skis so much I'm getting another pair. I really like lively skis and these certainly deliver. They rip in the pow, carve superbly on groomed, and give enough stability for jumps & rails (although I'm not very good).
These skis are very lively! They certainly ski like they were built by a company with 50 years of racing experience.
They are very light and easy to maneuver. There is enough of a side cut to get into really deep carves, but the will also shred in powder.
Not only are they extremely light, but also very flexible and springy. You can easily bend the ski into a tight arc and it will instantly snap back. Pressing on the tips or tails is just sooo fun on these.
Very light, very flexible and easy to maneuver. The construction is excellent.
The grahpics could use some work. They remind me of an old pair of Salomon skis I had from the 70s. They were Solid blue with white writing. Although the design it's really eye catching, it still looks clean and elegant.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...)
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.
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.