2020 Salomon XDR 84 Ti

Unchanged for 2020, the Salomon XDR 84 Ti continues its dominance of the mid-width all-mountain skis. This is a nice little niche for a ski to live in, and they have a surprising amount of versatility for being 84 mm underfoot. With a nice combination of wood, metal, flax, and carbon, the skis sound like they have a lot of ingredients, and they do, and Salomon makes them all work together in harmony. They have a pretty short turn radius, and that makes things a lot more fun, especially at slower speeds. The metal laminate is not a full one, so the tail is easy to maneuver and the tips are light and swingy. Overall, the Salomon XDR 84 Ti is a fantastically versatile ski that is equally at home on the trails as it is in the woods or bumps. The XDR 84 has a broad and universal appeal that a huge range of skiers will enjoy and advance on, and our testers loved the simple and natural character of the skis.

Marcus Shakun is a tall dude, so he should be on the 186, but tested the 179 and, not surprisingly, loved the quickness and maneuverability of the setup. The rest of his scores were consistent 3’s out of 5, meaning that the versatility and well-roundedness really stood out for Marcus. “An easy ski for all,” he proclaims. “You can give this ski to anyone and not be worried thanks to its nice, forgiving flex and the great transition from edge to edge.” As far as Marcus being a high-level skier and a tall dude on a shorter ski, he notes that they “can be a little washy at high speeds for an aggressive advanced or expert skier.” We’ll take “a little washy at speed” given the circumstances of Marcus’s test model length.

Also on the 179, Tad Lamell loved the length and the ski as a whole. He gave top marks for forgiveness, torsional stiffness, edge hold, and overall impression. His score of 4 out of 5 for versatility is a strong indicator of the ability of the XDR 84 to be very chameleon-esque. Tad calls the ski “quick, stable, and good for all-mountain skiing. They were great in softer snow conditions and for all-mountain groomers.” Most people spend most of their time in these conditions and terrain, so it’s nice to hear that a ski excels in these areas.

The 179 was a popular length at our test, with Michael Rooney hopping on it as well. His scores were consistently average all down the sheet, showing the versatility and all-mountain nature of the XDR 84. “The XDR 84 Ti will help an intermediate skier a lot. It turns easily and smooths out those annoying small bumps. It is stable at high speed, too.” Nice targeting by Michael here, pointing out that the intermediate class, that makes up a huge portion of skiers, will like the ease of use and the high-performance ceiling of the XDR 84.

Bob St.Pierre took out the 186 and instantly felt connected to the ski. “They have an extremely natural and fun feeling to them, it’s almost like they’re on auto-pilot. Just point and shoot, and the light weight yet stable nature of the skis will propel you down the hill with speed and precision.” Nice compliments from Bob who does prefer a narrower ski. He continues by pointing out the versatile nature of the ski: “from moguls and steeps to high-speed cruising, the XDR 84 Ti is an extremely capable ski that should not be limited to just cruising the blues.”

We love seeing skis that punch above their level, and the XDR 84 Ti is a perfect example of that kind of ski. The combination of metal, wood, and other laminates really do combine well to make a dish best served fast.

Testers

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Tad Lamell

Age: 73Height: 6'2"Weight: 220 lbs.

Ski Style: Experienced and precise with a love for early-morning runs

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Bob St.Pierre

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

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

10 Comments on the “2020 Salomon XDR 84 Ti”

  1. 6’4″ 218 lb 53 yr old…only been skiing two years doing blues mainly on groomers. Live in NJ and have done Stowe, Stratton, Beaver Creek, Deer Valley, Loon. Having a blast. Got my Epic season pass so plan on getting out there this season and improving further. Considering XDR 84 vs Navigator 85. Any thoughts on how these two compare. I was on a season rental last season XDR ST 76 at 180 but felt like I wanted something more stable underfoot whilst still maneuverable at slower speeds.

    1. Hi Richard!
      Both options are significantly better than the 76, so you’re in for a treat. I’d say the Nav 85 is better suited for more on-trail skiing while the XDR is more versatile and all-mountain oriented. The tail of the Nav 85 is stiffer and likes to be in a carved turn, so if you’re looking to get cooking in the carving department, that’s the way to go. The XDR is no slouch either, but most of its strength is found underfoot, allowing the tips and tails to be more maneuverable, especially at slower speeds, which it sounds like what you’re looking for. I’d say the XDR is a better fit for you, but both are great choices. Probably the longer length would be appropriate given your size. Have fun!
      SE

  2. 6’2″ 220lbs, relatively new to skiing, but ready to ditch the beginner skis and progress through the intermediate range, learning and perfecting new skills along the way, both on the slopes and with potential to go off the trails…
    Skiing in the French Pyrenees – want to have skis that I can get carving with, that remain stable and fun and yet also give me the chance to head into the soft stuff once I get the confidence!
    Have my eyes set on either the Salomon XDR 84 or 88 – any advice please? Including length that I should be looking at…
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Steve!
      The 88 gives you a bit more off-trail potential while the 84 is a slightly better carver. Both are great choices, and at your size, I’d go with the 88 just for a bit more stability. Still a great turning ski! I’d go with the 184. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Just wondering I’m debating this one and the 2019 Atomic Vantage X80CTI.
    I’m looking for somethign that allows me to go down groomed runs, (mostly blue and red) and maybe 10-20% of the time down some moguls on the blacks. Which would you find to be better? I’m 5’10” and 176 pounds.
    I’m also looking at going for the 172 as I want a shorter ski to make the turns easier. Thanks!

    1. Hi Alex!
      The Salomon has a lighter and more playful feel to it while the Atomic is a bit more precise and business-like. If you are looking for versatility, I’d go Salomon, but it sounds like you’re more groomer-focused, so I’d go with the Atomic. Both great choices, and if you’re looking for quickness, the 172 will be great. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hi. I am a low level intermediate who has been renting skis the last 2 seasons. I just invested in the Head Nexo LYT 100 boots and am looking for skis. I am 5’10, weigh 195 and am 55 yrs old. I ski mostly groomers but want to be able to dabble in the trees and keep up with my kids. We ski mostly out west. I am looking at the Salomon XDR 84ti, Line Sick Day 88 and Atomic Vantage 86c. Would welcome any suggestions. Thanks very much.

    1. Some solid choices there, Adam!
      I thought the XDR 84 was awesome. Approachable with a high end as a bonus. The Sick Day was a bit ho-hum in my experience and the Vantage was actually a bit of a surprise in terms of light weight performance. Overall, I think the XDR is the best combination of fun and performance–I’d lean that way. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hi,
    I’m an advanced level skier looking at the XDR 84’s. I’m 5ft 8.5” (174 cm) and 72kg. What ski length would you recommend? Thanks

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