Light and fast are good things to be when you’re a pair of skis. The 2020 Salomon Aira 80 Ti is all that and then some. Just in the name, Aira is light, and Ti is fast. As such, Salomon is looking to get you into a best-of-both-worlds type of scenario. At 80 mm underfoot, the skis are perfect for on-piste activities and lightning-quick turns. There’s a wide range of skiers that can utilize this shape and build, as you get a great blend of performance and usability. Unchanged from last year, the Aira 80 Ti is a great choice for intermediate and advanced skiers who spend the majority of their time on-trail. They have a pretty short turn radius, so they certainly prefer to be engaged, but that’s the fun part, right? Our testers were all happy with the overall performance of the Aira 80 Ti, with most of them remarking at how natural and versatile they are.
Katrine Wolfgang skied the 162 and thought it was the right length for her. She gave it mostly 5’s for scores, with the standouts being for stability, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. While we wouldn’t mistake this for a powder ski, Katrine is hinting at the fact that the Aira 80 Ti is versatile in its turning nature. “I liked this ski! Held well going fast and lots of fun! It did great in the little powder and spring snow.” Sounds good to us!
Also on the appropriately sized 162, Ariel Aidala scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold. The rest of her scores were all 4’s showing the overall well-roundedness of the Aira 80 Ti. “Like a reliable car you’ve had since high school and just won’t quit, this ski is just like that. While it doesn’t excel at a single endeavor, it does well as a whole on everything.” This is great analysis that echoes the sentiments of her scores and the on-trail versatility of the 2020 Salomon Aira 80 Ti.
Another 162 skier, Susan Dorn, loved the quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness of the Aira 80. Those elements were all scored 4’s while the rest of the categories all got 3’s. Again, this consistency in scoring is telling of a natural feeling and versatile ski, and Susan is certainly picking up on this. “Nice! Lots of pop. It’s a good carver. Not really for experts or powerful skiers though. They’re fun and can do anything. Initiates turns easily. Can smear as well as carve.” So Susan found it perhaps a bit soft, but for skiers who are looking for that performance, the Aira 80 Ti is a great option.
Allison Ruschp loved the 162 and scored the Aira 80 a 5 out of 5 for overall impression, stability, edge hold, and quickness. These high scores across the board are quite impressive, and it’s great to get Alli’s seal of approval on any ski. “In this front side category, this is my favorite so far. They have amazing edge hold, didn’t pop me out of the turn, and allowed me to finish my turn.” She also remarked that these skis are not bruisers, as they “still fall in the light, forgiving, and fun category.” That’s an important category!
The Salomon Aira 80 Ti is just one of those skis that makes people happy. You don’t have to think too hard about it, you just click in and go skiing. For many of us out there on the hill, that’s really all we’re looking for. Salomon uses fancy constructions with different materials, and they all seem to add up to a strong-performing ski.