2020 Salomon XDR 88 Ti

The popular XDR 88 Ti returns unchanged except for graphics for 2020. Featuring Salomon’s amazing engineering and design, these skis aren’t built to compete with the Brahmas and Kendos of the world, but rather provide an easier and more fun version of those big stiff skis that a wider audience will enjoy. Make no mistake, they’re still high-quality boards with high-performance ceilings. They simply do not have to be driven as hard or fast in order to generate a decent amount of power and pop. With a poplar wood core and a Ti power plate, the skis are stiff and stable underfoot, and more playful and forgiving in the tips and tails. Add that personality to the 88 mm waist width and you’ve got a winning combination. As usual, our testers were caught off-guard by the poise and power of the 2020 Salomon XDR 88 Ti.

Parker Herlihy is one of those skiers who can command a Kendo or Brahma appropriately, so it’s nice to hear what he has to say about the XDR 88. He skied the 179 which was too short for him, but still had an overall favorable impression. He scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold, and a 4 out of 5 for overall impression. He calls it “a solid Salomon ski that prefers to remain glued to the snow.” At the 179 length, Parker did find it to be “chattery at speed” but continued on to state that the ski is best for “hard-charging on hard pack.”

Dave Marryat had a different reaction in terms of sizing, finding the 179 he skied to be too long. As such, his top marks for stability is not a shock. He also scored the skis 5’s out of 5 for torsional stiffness, edge hold, and versatility. His overall impression score of 4 out of 5 leads us to believe that he might not have found it to be tooooo long. “The XDR 88 Ti tracked really well over both hardpack and slough. Excellent stability without excessive weight. For me the next size down would have come around in the turn a bit quicker.” Great stuff from David, who makes a strong point about the ski being so stable for how light it is.

Rick Randall found the 179 to be appropriate for his size and had some consistently high scores for all categories. A ski like this should score consistently, as that’s what it’s designed for, and his overall impression was 4 out of 5. “Easy to ski and not overly demanding. Good edge hold and turn shape. More energy out of the ski when it hooks up in softer snow. I found the rockered tip to be a bit busy on groomers and at speed. I would like that to be quieter and not as much vertical movement.” Good criticism from Rick, here, noting the difference between the full-metal skis and the partial-metal XDR 88. You will lose some of that vibration damping without full metal.

Michael Rooney liked the 179 cm length and his high scores were for stability, quickness, and edge hold. “The Salomon XDR 88 Ti likes flat groomers rather than a lot of bumpy stuff. It will be great for typical intermediate terrain for all intermediate skiers.” Michael makes a good point here that the skis will be strong performers in a good amount of terrain.

The 2020 Salomon XDR 88 Ti has a whole lot going for it as far as an all-mountain ski is concerned. The shape and build make this a total blast both on and off-trail, and skiers from a variety of backgrounds and abilities will love the stability, edge grip, and versatility of this all-mountain tool.


Michael Rooney

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

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Rick Randall

Age: 45Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Efficient and technical with a love for speed

Dave Marryat

Age: 30Height: 5'11"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Snowboarder trying to make the most of these skinny things

Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

8 Comments on the “2020 Salomon XDR 88 Ti”

  1. thinking about a switch to all AT type bindings boots. MOSTLY in bounds, a few moderate glades. East coast snow. 5’10. 150. This ski in 172 + Shift bindings + QST 120 boot is what Im thinking. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Kurt!
      It’s nice to stay in-brand! I’m a huge fan of the XDR 88, and I love how it works on both the hard snow as well as softer stuff. I hadn’t thought about it for an AT setup, but it’ll probably be a great little setup. As long as the boots fit and have the appropriate tech fittings for the Shift bindings, the QST 120 sounds like a good choice. Have fun!

  2. Just finished watching the 2020 90mm video. So many great skis, so few days to ski them!!! I’m currently using 2018 QST 92 in 177 length. At my size (5’11”, 145 lbs) it does the trick everywhere pretty well. But from what I heard about the XDR, it may lean more toward hard snow compared to the QST. I’m a New England skier who spends most of the day on trail with my kids making a lot of turns. Been considering making the QST an AT setup, but that’s only a justification for another pair of skis. N+1

    Am I searching for the Holy Grail here and making too much of a lateral move? Love the content on the YouTube channel. You guys are the best!!

    1. Thanks, Christopher!
      I think it’s lateral. They’re a bit too close in shape and performance to justify the addition in my mind. I do like the idea of the 92 as an AT setup, so if you’re looking for more of an on-trail ski, there are narrower options. Check out the Volkl Deacon 80 or the Blizzard Brahma 82 for short, quick turners that’ll be different enough from the 92. Have fun!

  3. Hey Guys,
    I´m not sure what ski i should buy t he Rossignol Sky 7 HD or the Salomon XDR 88 Ti.
    I ride 65% slopes and 35% backcountry. What ski would you recommend? im 177cm high.

    1. Hi Nico!
      I’d go with the Sky. Sounds like you’re looking for more versatility and soft-snow performance than the XDR will offer. I’d go with the 172 for quickness and the 180 for stability, depending on how aggressively you’re skiing. Have fun!

  4. Hey guys! Love the website, love the videos, love the information. I know I’m not alone is saying “thanks for all the effort.”

    I’m 173cm tall and weigh in at 175 lbs (raw, no kit). I’m looking to add a second ski. I ski the east/mid Atlantic and on groomed snow 90% – because that’s what’s available to me. Skiers are like gunfighters and there is always someone better out there so I’ll just classify my abilities as sufficiently competent. I currently ski the Stockli Laser SL at 165cm and I flat out love, love, love the ski; it does one thing extremely well for me – carve SL and GS turns fast on hard snow. However, I was at Jay recently and the SL’s aren’t so good for the majority of that mountain – suffice to say that Beaver Pond was a challenge on those skis.

    Therefore, I’m looking to get on to a second ski that I can ski bumps and trees and ride soft and 3D snow – something for JFK, Poma and the Battleship. I want something that I can ski on alongside riders without feeling like either of us are compromising on terrain. I have the “sports car” in the SL and I’m now looking for something else in the “all road or SUV or pickup” category. I don’t really want a lot of overlap in the skis capabilities but I’m also not interested in a wide all-rocker powder ski. I’d also like to be able to use the new ski as a “family outing ski” where I don’t need to get it going Mach 2 before it starts to perform as designed.

    I keep coming back to the 88mm to 92mm range with tip and tail rocker and a med-firm stiffness. I am gravitating to the design of Salomon XDR 88ti (172cm). I would love to hear your opinion on my considerations and any offer of advice on a ski selection.

    1. HI Gino!
      I’d still say the XDR 88 is a bit too “front side” oriented for your application. It’s not that its comparable to your SL, but it’s one of the more carvy all-mountain skis out there. I’d check out the K2 Mindbender 90 Ti, Salomon Stance 90, and Dynastar M-Pro 90. These are all more narrow freeride skis versus wide front side skis. A bit more width, a tad more taper, and a smidge more rocker than the XDR, and I think that’ll help you tackle more of the trees and bumps that you’re looking to, all while still retaining strong on-trail performance and not being noodly. Have fun!

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