2020 Salomon RS 8 Skate

The Salomon RS8 Skate skis were built for skiers looking to get into a race-like model. Utilizing some of the same aspects featured in Salomon’s highest end skis, the RS8 Skate will give you a taste of their legendary World Cup performance without hurting your wallet too much. Built from bi-directional fiberglass and carbon with a Densolite 3000 core, the RS8 is not only torsionally stiff but also lightweight. The pronounced camber profile positions the center of the ski higher above the snow for optimal glide and acceleration. The RS8 features Salomon’s javelin-style sidecut which thins the tip of the ski and a narrower waist for more stability and maximum speed. The G4 base consists of graphite to improve performance in the majority of conditions. Right out of the box the graphite base has a Race Universal Grinding for a World Cup feeling when they hit snow. Our testers picked up on this speed right away, and had some very complimentary things to say about these skaters.

Mackenzie Rizio has spent many hours on World Cup level skis as a current member of the UVM Nordic Ski Team. She tried out the RS8 in 179 cm and found it to be very stable, making it “a great option for high school racers or competitive citizen racers.” Mackenzie found the RS8 to be “a little heavier than World Cup skis, but they still feel very nimble.” Mackenzie notes that the RS8 to be capable on hard packed, and freshly groomed snow. While they might not be the quickest skis on the market, they certainly won’t hold you back.

Bob St.Pierre tested the 186 cm Salomon RS8 and really enjoyed the “natural feeling of the skis.” Bob found the RS8 to ski above the level of their price point. The camber design we mentioned in the introductory paragraph stuck out, as Bob notes that they are “very damp and smooth which gave the skis a high-end aura.” The RS8 might be a higher end ski from Salomon, but Bob found it was very easy to ski and added that it has a “nice, cambered feel.”

“This ski is a great ski to encourage improvement and build confidence in skating” said Karin Rand about the RS8. Karin tested the 179 cm length and gave it some high ratings. Karin found the RS8 to be “slightly heavier than a World Cup level ski but extremely stable while keeping the same responsiveness on the downhill and through corners.” Karin found the glide to “not be as fast as a full-blown race ski, but for non-competitive endeavors or a beginner race ski, the RS8 is packed with everything you need.”

Jeff Neagle tested the 186 cm RS8. He found it to have a smooth and forgiving feel. Like our other testers, Jeff thought that although the RS8 isn’t the lightest ski on the market but still delivers many great qualities that Salomon’s top-level skis have. Jeff found the RS8 to be “a good stepping-stone for those looking to advance as skate skiers. If you are dabbling with skate skiing, these skis will get you hooked on the sport.” Jeff, who skied competitively in high school, would recommend these skis to a high school racer getting into the sport or an adult who wants to get out and hit the trails on a nice pair of skis. To sum it up, Jeff said these skis are “pretty darn good.”

Jake Inger tested the 186 cm RS8 and couldn’t help but to fondly remember Nordic racing in high school. The RS8 is not an S/LAB level ski, but Jake found the skis to have a solid level of performance. The RS8 is easy to accelerate on and easy to maneuver. They’re very stable feeling, which is great for someone working on mastering their technique. These skis are a great option for someone who enjoys skate skiing but is not looking to spend a ton of money.

The RS8 is a great pick for high school racers, endurance athletes looking for a training tool, or a citizen racer. The RS8 offers good performance for its price, is easy to ski, and forgiving. If you have never used top level race skis, these skis will feel fast.

Testers

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 41Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Ellen Curran

Age: 62Height: 5'4"Weight: 117 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic and Skate

Karin Rand

Age: 20Height: 5'6"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Skate

Chuck Waskuch

Age: 47Height: 5'8"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring, Classic, and Skate

Sam Purnell

Age: 26Height: 5'5"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

Ski Style: Skate

Peg Lackey

Age: 53Height: 5'5"Weight: 125 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Justin Perry

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring and Classic

Jake Inger

Age: 21Height: 5'10"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Mackenzie Rizio

Age: 20Height: 5'3"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring and Skate