Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS

2016

Top Performer
Men's All-Mountain
Salomon
Price: £520.00
Overall:
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Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Lower Intermediate Upper Advanced Upper Expert Upper Intermediate
Sidecut 131.5-88-117
Turn radius 18.3m (184cm)
Lengths 165, 172, 179 (1,975g), 184 (2,040g)
Construction Sidewall
Carbon & basalt lightweight woodcore with honeycomb tip
Tip & tail rocker
Strengths Easy to use, lightweight, smooth ride yet strong levels of grip
Weaknesses Hard to fault, could be quicker from edge to edge

They say

Built on a super versatile 88mm platform, with All Terrain Rocker 2.0, and reinforced with a carbon X-Chassis and RKS for power and precision.

We say

Be in no doubt, this is lovely ski, which feels surprisingly different to the 8.0 version. One of its outstanding characteristics is the super smooth ride, this is matched up to a really easy to use character due to a light construction and well judged rocker. The surprising aspect to its performance is that when speed and edge angles are ramped up it really can maintain a very high performance with great levels of edge grip and fantastic stability. In deeper conditions it still works well with great levels of float and a great touch with the snow.

Tester Comments

James Allen
Seriously versatile all mountain ski. Always feels active and never feels like you have to push it to great turn
Al Morgan
A fantastic all mountain ski. Excellent on piste, but when you want to blast off to the side it still feels great