2018 Salomon XDR 80 Ti Skis 2018 Salomon XDR 80 Ti Skis

2018 Salomon XDR 80 Ti Skis

The XDR 80 Ti is a brand new ski for Salomon going into 2018 and is part of their new XDR collection of all mountain “resort” skis. Salomon was careful not to segment these skis as “frontside carvers,” despite them seeming to fall into that category in comparison to the rest of Salomon’s skis. The truth is, although these are more firm snow oriented than the QST collection, the entire XDR line borrows some design elements from freeride and powder skis that makes them significantly more versatile than other “resort” oriented skis from different manufacturers. The XDR 80 Ti does start to lean more towards groomer-specific use than the 84 or 88, but it still has tip and tail rocker with a tip profile that is clearly inspired by the all mountain freeride, QST line. They’re not exceptionally stiff or heavy thanks to Salomon’s CFX Superfiber and the centralized strip of metal, but still have a high level of performance. Let’s find out what our testers thought, all of whom skied the 176 cm length.

Mike Aidala had a blast skiing the XDR 80 Ti! He scored it 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness, playfulness, forgiveness, and overall impression as well. We’re pretty psyched about those scores and Mike’s feedback. He referred to it as “a very versatile and forgiving ski.” Mike thought it had a “perfect blend of performance,” and commented that he thought it had “the edge hold and stability needed,” but was still quite forgiving. Mike recommended the XDR 80 Ti for skiers who spend the majority of their time on trail, but want the versatility and forgiveness needed for an occasional off-piste run. We think that’s a great way to describe this ski and really the entire XDR line. They are more suited for skiing groomers than their QST skis, and really do have nice, responsive performance on firm snow, but still retain the ability to take some off-piste runs, especially in terrain like trees and moguls.

Steve Sulin definitely agrees with the idea that the XDR 80 Ti is great for more than just skiing groomers. Steve referred to it as a “great bump ski!” He also scored it 5 out of 5 for both maneuverability and torsional stiffness, two categories we love to see getting high scores when talking about a somewhat groomer-bias all mountain ski. Steve thought it was relatively “easy-skiing” and described the feeling of the XDR 80 Ti as “fun and quick.”

Benny Wax echoed this thought when he commented that the XDR 80 Ti is “just a lot of fun!” He found it to be very “quick and playful,” and continuing with the theme that this is more than just a groomer ski Benny also commented that he thought it “skied well in crud snow,” in addition to “ripping the groomers.” Benny’s final comment on the XDR 80 Ti was that it’s both “stable and versatile,” and then he drew a big smiley face on the bottom of his test form. Combine that with his overall impression score of 5 out of 5 and we’re pretty confident Benny liked it.

We think the Salomon XDR 80 Ti is going to be a great choice for a wide range of skiers who spend their ski days at the resort. If you find yourself on groomed runs most of the day, but don’t want a super serious, dedicated carving ski, you should definitely consider the XDR 80 Ti. Intermediates all the way up to less aggressive expert skiers will all appreciate the ski’s ability to make snappy, responsive turns on firm snow while still being forgiving enough to take off trail and play around in the bumps, trees, and even some light powder.


Benny Wax Ski Tester Headshot Image

Benny Wax

Age: 67Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Steve Sulin Ski Tester Profile Photo

Steve Sulin

Age: 42Height: 5'10"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

Mike Aidala Ski Tester Headshot Image

Mike Aidala

Age: 40Height: 5'9"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

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  1. I had to choose a different ski from the Head Magnums I’d been using all week in the sun and ice in Tignes yesterday when we woke up to about 6″ of new white stuff that kept falling. So I plumped for these blue babes and there were better than fine. They gave me the confidence and feedback that I needed as I went down an unfamiliar run that I could not see because of the wind and white out were just blasting across the piste on top of a glazed icy. Then a bit lower down the mountain the sun shone through and I was able to pick a soft powdery route down at the out side of the piste poles. I very rarely get to play in the powder and my technique is a bit Old School but I had utter confidence in these to be able to clamp my feet together and just bounce through and over whatever was hiding under the new snow.
    Most of the high lifts closed in the afternoon I could only ski the baby piste (I know), but it was good fun showing off in front of the the “snow ploughing” debutantes who were all enjoying their progress of the week. Just such an easy ski that I could not keep out of the stuff at the side of the piste where there were twigs and branches sticking out. Loved them.

    1. Hi Silver Turfer!

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience on the XDR 80 Ti! It’s a great ski and definitely something that transitions from on-piste to off-piste impressively well.

      Have a great season!


  2. Have just skied on these xdr 80 ti in val d isere december 18 to december 21 on fresh powder and new groomed pistes.
    Absolutley amazing skis performed faultlessly in all conditions most impresive and unbelievably light .l was also suprised
    That they could hold their edge on ice. Loved them.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Maurice! Salomon did a great job with the new XDR collection. We’re impressed as well! Maneuverability in soft snow and edge grip on ice is a tough combination to achieve.

  3. I’m try to decide what size to get. My previous skis were Salomon Crossman Pilot and were 170cm long. That ski had:

    * Tip Width (mm):
    * 106Waist Width (mm):and
    * 66Tail Width (mm):98

    This was a perfect size for me on that ski.

    Has anything changed about the XDR 80 that means I should get the 176cm length vs the 169cm length?

    I am 5′ 9 1/2″ tall and weigh 220 lbs.

    1. Hi Jon!

      Ski length is somewhat subjective. Some people like longer skis, some like shorter skis. I would say that on paper at your size the 176 cm length feels like the “right” length for you, but I would actually expect you’ll find the XDR has similar stability to your Crossmax Pilots, so if you enjoyed that ski in a 170 cm you could probably stick with the 169 cm.

      Let me know what you think, happy to talk more about it.


  4. Hi,

    I’m hoping you guys can offer me some valued advice. I’m a decent intermediate, looking to purchase my first set of skis.
    My main focus is on improving my carving, but I’d like a pair of skis that will allow me to ski all day – in a variety of snow conditions. So, although I’m not currently doing much off-piste skiing, I’m still looking for a good all-mountain ski – with great capability on the piste.

    I’m 5’11 and 190ish lbs (if I can keep my hands out of the chocolate cupboard).

    I think I’ve narrowed the choice down to this or the Volkl RTM 81. I’d love to hear your advice on which ski you’d recommend (or another maybe?) and what size. I’m thinking the 176/177 size, but a friend has said that I might find a 170 better for the turns.

    I only ski once or twice a year, so I’m hoping I can get the one ski that will work for me, and last me as I (hopefully!) improve.

    Help! 🙂

    1. Hello!

      I would go with the XDR 80 Ti if I were you. In my opinion the XDR has better ability in soft snow conditions, while still being a great carving ski. The tips and tails are slightly softer and more forgiving than the RTM, which really helps in off piste terrain. I think it’s a great ski for what you’re looking to do and it has good performance for your ability level too. Plenty of performance, but not overly demanding.

      At your size I do think the 176 cm is the way to go. That will give you better stability and I don’t expect you’ll have any trouble maneuvering the longer length.

      Hope that helps!


  5. I am looking for a ski which has a radius of 15 to 16 meters. I’m considering these but I can’t find the radius for the 176. Any suggestions.

    1. Hi Paul!

      The radius of the 176 cm XDR 80 Ti is 15 m exactly, we have that radius listed on the product page where you can buy the XDR 80 Ti. Should work perfectly for you if that’s what you’re looking for. Do you have any other criteria for your new skis or mostly focused on turn radius?


  6. My question is very simple.
    My level is intermediate, weight 178 pounds and 6.03 foot. I ski only in resorts (Swiss alps and New Zealand). What is your recommendation?

    1. Hi Ezzio!

      The 176 cm should work well for you considering your size and ability level. You could consider going longer, but I really don’t think you’ll need to, unless you consider yourself an aggressive skier, like to ski fast, etc.

      Hope that helps!


      1. Fantastic, thanks for your reply.
        The reason that I am asking you is because I saw many videos in YouTube and they said that for my level of expertise the skis should be below my nose.
        But this 176cm are on my eyebrow.
        What do you think? Is this new technology?

      2. Hi Ezzio!

        There’s no cut and dry rule for how long skis should be, and all skis are a little different, which has an affect on what size is most appropriate. The XDR 80 Ti is a relatively forgiving ski overall. It uses some tip and tail rocker and a little bit of early taper too, so the longer lengths are a little more forgiving than some other, stiffer carving skis. At your size, you’ll be just fine on the 176 cm in my opinion.


  7. Hello, I am 185 cm and 90 kg. I am between intermediate and advance in skiing. what would your advise to me in terms of size of the skii, length?

    1. Hi Mutlu!

      I would say the 176 cm length would be appropriate for your size and ability level. If you like to ski fast and aggressively you could bump up to the 183 cm, but that’s almost as tall as you, and probably unnecessary if you’re not an aggressive skier.

      Hope that helps!


  8. Hi
    I’m a newish skier progressing lower intermediate at 82kg and 178 tall
    Given the early rise rocker would I be correct in thinking that the xdr 80 skis a bit shorter? I’m thinking of the 176 length
    I’ve narrowed my choice to xdr 80 (176?)) or the 2019 Rossi experience 80 (174?)
    What’s your opinion

    1. Hi Phil!

      Yes, the early rise and the fact that the metal in the ski doesn’t extend through the tips and tails both make the XDR 80 manageable in longer lengths compared to other all mountain skis. I wouldn’t say it makes them ski noticeably short as it’s not exceptionally long rocker, but they’re more forgiving than a lot of comparable skis in the same length.

      You shouldn’t have any trouble on the 176 cm XDR 80. Have you owned skis before, or were you renting? Either way, it might be a bit of a jump up in length compared to what you’re used to. There may be a brief adjustment period, but you should adapt to the longer length pretty quickly.

      The Experience 80 is a great ski too, but I think you’d outgrow it more quickly than the XDR, if that makes sense.

      Let me know what you think or if you have any other questions!


  9. I would consider myself as an advanced skier, who spends most time on trail, but sometimes also goes off-road.

    On one hand, I really like to do quicker smaller turns on bad pists, but if possible love to go high speed with medium to large turns.

    For the first aspect I am sure this Ski is a good choice, but what about high speeds?

    1. Hi Sebastian!
      Everything’s a trade-off, isn’t it? Thanks to the titanium layer in the skis, they should hold up well at high speeds. If you are concerned about stability and are in-between sizes, go ahead and size up, and that should give you the extra stability that you need because the ski will have more metal overall. Happy skiing!

  10. Hi,
    I’m an intermediate skier 192cm tall and 105kg looking to buy my first pair of skis.
    I spend 90% of my time on groomed pistes improving my carving but would like an all mountain aspect to my skis.
    I was thinking either the XDR 80’s or Atomic x 80 cti but I’m open to other suggestions.
    Which would you recommend and also what length?

    1. Hey Southy!
      Both of those are great choices. I feel like the Salomon is a great ski for you, and you could probably get the 183 due to your size. The 176 is the next size down, so if you’re on the conservative side of aggressive, that’s an option as well. The 80mm underfoot system ski category is a big one, and you’re sure to find something you like. Other options are the K2 Konic 80 Ti and Volkl RTM 81. In addition to the Atomic, all of those will fit your bill. Hope that helps!

  11. I am an advanced skier who likes to carve on the groomers. I am 5’5’’ and 145 and in early 60s,
    I am planinning on getting the xdr 80, but debating on the size,, between the 162 and 169.
    Your thoughts.

    1. Hi Don!

      You’re not a particularly heavy guy, so I think the 162 cm should suffice. The 169 cm length would be a few cm taller than you, which really is usually a bit much for a carving ski like the XDR 80 Ti. I expect the 162 cm will feel plenty stable for you, and will be a little more maneuverable and less fatiguing.

      Hope that helps!


  12. Hi, I am a intermediate skier, usually going on Red or speedy Blue pistes, 182cm/77 kg.
    Have previously been only renting skis but currently looking for a pair of my own. I am looking to progress my carving skis but also to be able to test some off-piste runs. I usually ski around 20-30 days per season. I’ve narrowed my search to Salomon XDR 80 Ti, ROSSIGNOL Experience 88 HD, K2 Pinnacle 88, K2 Iconic 80. Which would you recommend for me to take and what length of the ski?

    1. Hi Arsenii!

      The Salomon XDR 80 Ti feels like the best choice for you if you’re coming off rental skis. It’s a whole different level of performance from rentals, but also not so demanding that there will be too long of an adjustment period. It has a really good flex pattern and level of performance for someone like yourself. If you wanted to go a bit wider for off-piste performance, then the Pinnacle 88 would be good. Between those skis you can decide whether you want to focus more on firm or soft snow performance (or really versatility in general from the Pinnacle). For length, you can probably go with the 176 cm XDR, or the 177 cm Pinnacle 88.

      Hope that helps!


  13. Hi,
    I am a high intermediate to advanced skier looking to buy my first pair of skis. Therefore, I am really debating what ski length I should choose. I am skinny built (175 cm) and tall (190 cm). I usually prefer a little bit shorter skis, but am not sure what would suit me with this model. What would you guys recommend me?

    1. Hi Frederick!

      How much do you weigh? You listed two different cm measurements. I assume you’re 190 cm tall? I’m guessing 75 kg and maybe that was a typo?

      If that’s your height, you’re not going to want to go too short. At least 169 cm in length, and to me 176 cm feels more appropriate.

      Let me know if I’m correct or totally wrong about your height and weight and I’ll get back to you with any changes in my opinion.


  14. Hello!

    I’m strongly considering buying these but I have some questions. I’m a bit torn between these skis or the Rossignol pursuit 600 cam. I have actually tried the Rossignols and I like the snappy feel and ability to vary between short and long turns. The only thing I feel that they are lacking is off piste ability.

    I’m would consider myself a strong intermediate to maybe advance skier. I spend most of my time on piste but really like to play a bit off piste in the right conditions. As I said I like the ability to vary between short and long turns while maintaining control and stability. I’m also an athlete so I’m strong enough to handle most skis.

    I was wondering if you are able to do quick short turns in the xdr 80 skis? Also I would like to now which ones are easier to turn and which are more stable? Lastly, which ones you would recomend me between the xdr 80 and the rossignols?

    Yes I know it’s a bloody essay but I would be super thankful for some answers!

    Btw I’m 177 cm and I weigh 68-70 kg if that’s any help!

    1. Hi Marcus!

      The shape of the XDR 80 definitely makes it more versatile than the Pursuit 600. Construction adds to that too. The tips and tails are softer flexing than underfoot, which gives the ski more forgiveness and maneuverability in off-piste conditions and terrain. You can definitely still flex it into shorter radius turns, too. In fact, if anything I think it makes different turn shapes and styles more easily than the Pursuit, simply because of the softer flex pattern of the tips and tails and that you can release the tail edge more easily. It’s still stable enough and responsive enough for some aggressive skiing too. Sounds like you’d probably prefer the XDR to be honest.


      1. Thanks a lot for the response! Just came back from a skiing holiday and bought a pair of the Salomon XDR 80 ti 2017/2018 with the xt12 bindings for a super deal! Hopefully they will be great in the future!

    1. It’s a little wider, but the Volkl Kanjo could fit the bill. Check it out and let me know what you think!


  15. Hi,
    I am looking at the Salomon XDR 80, I am also a bit unsure about the length, I have just returned from Tignes where we skied the Rossignol Exp 84. in a 170cm I quiet liked them but I am more drawn to the XDR as I was a big fan of the X drive 8.0, I am 174cm tall and 85 kg, I would say I am a strong intermediate level, Mainly skiing on piste, with a little bit of off piste or soft snow skiing. I am torn between the 169 or the 176 I am aware with the XDR they have quiet a large up turned shovel towards the tip that’s why I am worried the 169 maybe a little short for me.
    I would really appreciate your input.

    Many thanks

    1. Hi David!
      I’d recommend the 169 based on your stats and what you’ve skied in the past, but if you strongly feel that the 169 will be short, then that’s up to you. If you are more on the aggressive side, I’d say the 176 would be okay, but if you’re more mellow and make shorter turns, I think you’d like the maneuverability of the 169. I don’t think the tip shape makes them ski that short, but I can certainly understand the optics of it. Hope that helps!

  16. Hello,
    I´m an 185cm/87kg intermediate skier and have skied the Salomon X-drive 8.0 ti and loved it a lot but I´m looking for a new pair now.
    Salomon XDR 80 ti vs Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI or even Salomon XDR 84 ti or Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI
    Any thoughts on these in comparison to the X-drive??

    1. Hi Emmet!
      Personally, I’m a huge fan of the XDR 84. Compared to the X-Drive, they’re obviously a bit wider, but they’re also more user-friendly and versatile. I felt like I could ski them anywhere and in any conditions–they’re not just an on-trail ski. I’d say the Atomic is more of an on-trail ski than the XDR, and the 80 is more turny and has better overall edge hold due to the narrower width. Hope that helps!

  17. Hello,
    I would like to ask you about the differences od ski salomon xdr 80 2017/2018 and salomon xdr 80 2018/2019 In construction and techlogy of two these skies. Is a new model better? I know only about different colour and binding Xt 12 vs Z12 walk. I am 190cm long and 97kg weight, intermediate skier thinking about 176 cm long ski.
    I have a good chance to buy a model from 2017/2018 for a good price and I am not sure if is new model In anything better.
    Many thanks for info and advice.

    1. Hi Milan!
      Same ski, different system binding! If you get a good deal on the 2018, take it!

  18. Hello, I tried the XDR 80 and After readig this review, i totally agree and im gonna buy them today hopefully!
    But I need a professional advice, I am an intermediate skier, im 72-74kgs and 170cm. Which would be the best ski length for me?
    Thank u very much.

    1. Hello!

      You should be able to ski the 169 cm length without much trouble. Although, if you traditionally prefer shorter skis, the 162 cm would work too. You don’t want to go too short, and the XDR is a pretty manageable ski in longer lengths, so I’m leaning towards that 169 cm length. What lengths have you skied in the past on other skis? Just want to make sure that’s not a huge jump from what you’re used to. What length did you try? Do you remember?


  19. Hi.
    My 14 YO’s skis were stolen at Stowe last week. They were 2017/18 Atomic Punx 5, 150s with Saphir bindings. I’d like to get a replacement pair that will work for my son, who’s grown a lot (he’s now 5’6″) is skinny (110 lbs). and is a strong intermediate who’s moving into advanced terrain. He prefers to go fast down our icy groomers but is starting to explore off trail, glades, and bumps so needs something that can handle it all. Oh, and something that won’t break the bank. Thanks!

    1. Sorry to hear, Snowbird! We’ll keep our eyes out!
      Check out the Volkl Revolt 86 and the Armada ARV 84–both are well-built and light weight skis that are fun and playful, but have a high-performance ceiling. Moving from “tweener” skis to adult skis, look into the Rossignol Experience 84 and the Volkl Kanjo. Hope that helps!

  20. The ski shop recommended these skis for me, i just got back from whistler on other 176cm skis which worked really well. I’m an intermediate who sticks mostly to groomed blue runs, with the odd easier black. I’m 6’2, been skiing on and off for 10-15 years, and weigh 110kgs, so am thinking either the 176cm or 183cm; I also skied recently on 172cm skis which were noticeably easier to turn, the 176cm’s were faster but still quite ok for me. Should I make the jump to the 183cm?

    1. Hi Roger!
      I think your size warrants the longer length, unless you really liked the shorter skis, in which case do not let me talk you out of it. You might find a lack of stability over time with the shorter length is my only reservation. Hope that helps!

      1. ok thanks. i might take the plunge and go with 183cm. i’m pretty athletic and versatile despite my size (ex rugby player) so should be able to handle it.

  21. Recently rented the XDR 80 in a 169cm length and really liked the skis. I am an intermediate skier, on piste only, and am 6’4″ and 275 lbs. Do you think that 169cm is too short?

    1. HI Bo!
      Based on your size and ability, I would recommend a size up, but if you liked the ski, then don’t let me talk you out of it!

  22. Hi!
    I have started to ski 5 years ago, i ski around 10 days per year. I am able to ride on blue and red european slopes and “easy” black european slopes. I am 190cm tall and 84kg. I have gone only on pist so far.

    I just came back from a week in Val Thorens and i tried different skis during the whole week to see where I could set my limit.

    I felt fantastic with the Dynastar speed zone 9ca. It was a great confidence boost, could ride the slopes super fast feeling fearless and in total control also when it comes to cross areas with a lot of people around. The skis didnt require any effort and I could go on and on the whole day.

    I raised the bar the last day renting the Salomon s max 10 (175cm) and that feeling disappeared. The skis felt heavy (the rental had only 70flex boots, if that might affect the energy transmission), fear was back, felt quickly super tired.

    I am looking at buying boots (ill go for 100- 110 flex) and skis that could give me the same sensation of the dynastar.

    I am looking at these Salomon xdr 80ti and xdr 79cf and they seems to be quite playful and have access to some basic off pist.

    Which model do you think will suits me better? Anything else to recommend?

    1. Hi Andrew!
      The XDR 80 will suit your needs better than the 79, thanks to an upgraded build and a higher-quality construction. Also check out the Volkl RTM 81 as a solid performer. I’d say the boots were certainly a contributor to the issue, and I’d think an appropriately stiff boot would certainly help. Have fun!

      1. Thanks for your answer.
        What do you think will suits me best between the Salomon XDR 80, Volkl RTM 81 and Dynastar Legend x84 and why?

        Thanks again

      2. Andrew,
        If you’re looking to expand your off-piste skills, I’d go with the Dynastar 84. It can handle the on-piste but is more versatile and can blast through powder, chop, and crud better than the other skis on your list. That said, if you’re sticking to the groomed trails, the RTM 81 is the most sold and stable of the three. The Salomon is the lightest and easiest to turn, but the RTM is a much better carver. Have fun!

  23. I am an intermediate skier mostly spend my time on piste in Niseko, Japan. Given the fantastic powder there I would say the piste is not always “groomed.” And sometime I do wander into trees and “ungroomed” areas. I’m looking to get off rental and had narrow down my options to the XDR, the Vantage, and Dynastar Legend. The debate is now on the width and length to get. I am 183 cm/82 kg. What would be your recommendation?

    1. Hi Julian!
      I think 88 underfoot is a good place to start, so the XDR 88, Legend X 88, or Vantage 90 would be a good choice for both on and off-trail. I’d say the upper 170 cm range is about right for your application. Hope that helps!

  24. Hi! My level is intermediate. 25 years of skiing. I’ve always used 176cm of ski length. I am tall, I’m 194cm and I weigh 105kg. I bought XDR 80 ti after the season and at a very good price. These skis are for what I like. Their length is 183cm! Can I have problems with this length? What can I expect from such a change in ski length?

    1. Hi Andy!
      I don’t think you’ll have any problems with the longer ski. You’re certainly tall enough to handle the extra few cm’s. They’ll be more stable and better at speed. Have fun!

  25. Just came across this site. Thanks for all the feedback and insight. Hoping you can help. I am stuck between Salomon XDR 80 ST and 80 TI. I have used the XDR 80 CFR (170cm) — I loved the maneuverability and weight of these.

    I am 6’1 and on any given day 205-210. I’ve only been skiing for about three years but consider myself an intermediate to advanced aggressive skier who loves to make short turns (I think that’s how to describe it). I hope to start going off trail at the later part of this season year or definitely next based on how I have progressed over the three years. I will be skiing 70% east coast and 30% west coast on any given year.

    1. ST or TI? What are the differences?
    2. 176 or 183?

    Any help would be great!! Thanks again

    1. Hi EB!
      I think the Ti is the way to go. It’s stiffer and more responsive than the ST, which is more of a rental/demo version. At your size and level of aggressiveness, you should probably have some more substance to your skis. In terms of length, I think you could handle the 183, you’ll just have a bit less maneuverability. The question for you is if it’s worth the extra stability at speed that the 183 will provide. Hope that helps!

      1. Eb,
        I think you’ll be fine with the Ti version of the ski–your technique might suffer if you’re overpowering the non-metal version. And if you choose to zoom, you’ll be all set!

      2. Sorry I wasn’t clear enough. I was referring to the 176 v. 183. If I am focusing more on technique and less on speed. 176 will provide more maneuverability. I would think more maneuverability equals more ability to perfect technique…? Thanks!

      3. Sorry!
        Correct, the 176 will help you develop more proper technique as well as help you control your speed better than the 183. Not a huge difference in terms of the length, so I’d think you’ll be fine on the 176. Have fun!

      4. Correct, EB.
        The best way to go about it if you’re interested is to purchase the ski. Our customer service team will contact you once we get our hands on the actual pair of skis and give you an evaluation of the condition. They’re all tuned and waxed, and if you don’t like the sound of the condition, we’ll just cancel the order, so no pressure on your part. Hope that helps, and feel free to give a call if you have any specific questions about the process.

  26. Hello,

    Would you please give me a professional advice? I am an intermediate (near advance) skier, I am 75kg weight and 167cm height. Which would be the best ski length for me? Is 155cm suitable for me? In the past years I always used rental ski devices. I played ski about 50 days. Now I want to buy myself first ski boards and boots. Would you give me a advice model?
    I am also curious about salmon s max 10 or s max 8, but I can’t find their review in your web site. Would you give me your opinions about them, compare to XDR TI 80 model?

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Francis!
      I’d look to something a bit longer than a 155, but not longer than a 165. Between the XDR and the S/Max, you’re looking at more on-trail specific performance out of the S/Max while the XDR is more versatile and a bit less demanding. For your application, I’d recommend the XDR 80 as it has a better blend of performance characteristics. Hope that helps!

  27. I lived in Germany and it seemed most weekend warriors preferred to ride carving skis, like Racetigers and things like that. I bought these before I moved back to the US because I’m not a perfect carver, not even a very good one, and I’m not really a morning person so I usually don’t get the good corduroy. In fact most of my sessions occur well after the corduroy is chopped up and rutted, so a semi-rockered ski is perrrrfecto.

    Epilogue – I moved here to Colorado and I see more people riding wider skis, like waaay wider, and I think to myself, these people have been had, they’re buying powder skis when most are weekend warriors like me and probably will spend most of their time on piste.

    These are goldilock skis for me, I closed Breck the other day cruising over chop and edging just fine in the icy patches – rolled in with a smile and sunburned cheeks.

    Like I said, perfect ski for me.

    Merci Salomon.