The 2020 Salmon XDR 80 Ti remains unchanged this year, and that’s a good thing, especially given all the positive reviews we’ve gotten. They return as a formidable front-side ski with all-mountain capabilities. The wood core has a titanal power plate that keeps it solid and damp underfoot while the carbon fiber and flax take care of the stability in the rest of the ski. The end result is that you get a rock-solid ski in the turns, and it’s easy and fun to get them in and out of turns. With a nice, short turn radius of 15 meters at 176 cm length, the skis love to turn. Our testers were pretty consistent with their feedback in this regard, and it’s great to see them refer to it as a “versatile” front side ski, and should not be pigeon-holed as simply a carver, although it does that well, too.
Troy Dehm skied the perfectly-sized-for-him 183 and loved the quickness, maneuverability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold, with each of those categories scoring 5’s out of 5. A 4 out of 5 for overall impression really rounded this thing out for Troy. “Easy ski to turn and a ton of rebound. Solid at speed, even on hard snow. You can really work the turning radius to your liking if you power it.” That 15-meter turn radius really seemed to stand out to Troy, who goes on to say that the XDR 80 Ti has a “nice sidecut and is fun on soft snow and in the trees.” Again, sounds like Troy is pointing out the positives with the XDR’s ability to make a bunch of different turn shapes and not miss a beat. He finishes by stating that “Salomon rarely gets it wrong.”
Also on the 183, David Wolfgang loved the versatility and edge hold of the XDR 80 Ti. His scores of 3 out of 5 for playfulness and forgiveness show that David thought of these skis as fairly stiff and precise. He calls the XDR 80 “a true all-around ski. A lot of turning power all in one package. Great edge hold, stability, and playfulness. Light underfoot but definitely not a slouch.” Salomon has done a great job at making skis that have an intuitive and natural character. They don’t require a ton of work, and are accessible for a lot of skiers.
Mike Aidala ripped a few runs on the 183 and was a huge fan of the stability and torsional stiffness. With that titanal power plate underfoot, it’s easy to see why this ski gets good stability scores. He also gave it a 4 for versatility, quickness, and overall impression, so it’s fair to say that Mike’s a fan of the XDR 80 Ti. “Incredibly damp front side cruising performance from the 2020 Salomon XDR 80 Ti. If you like to make wide-open, top-speed turns on a stable platform, this ski is worth checking out. You will feel like you are on railroad tracks. If you are ready to drive a high-speed train, the XDR 80 Ti skis are for you.” Great imagery there from Mike!
Michael Rooney is happy to point out more all-mountain capabilities of the properly sized 183. “The XDR 80 Ti handles bumps well. It is a generally all-around mountain ski.” Michael’s score of 4 out of 5 for flotation leads us to believe that the soft snow is no problem for this versatile stick. He also comments on the ability range, saying that improving skiers will love the XDR 80 Ti “because it is pretty forgiving.” It’s nice when a ski does what you tell it to.
Front side and all-mountain skiers will love the light weight performance of the 2020 XDR 80 Ti. For skiers looking to improve their carving and begin to explore the off-piste world, this ski is not to be overlooked.