All-new for 2021, the Salomon Stance W 94 is an all-mountain ski with tons of versatility. Built with a blend of Karuba and Poplar wood, the core of the ski is lighter and more flexible than the men's counterpart Stance 96. The W 94 still has the metal twin frame laminate that gives the ski its stability and strength, so there's no real reason to be concerned as to any perceived lack of performance from these skis. That lighter wood core is sandwiched between two sheets of metal, with the top sheet containing two cutouts in the forebody and in the tail. This allows for a more natural movement and flex of the ski without making it too soft or too heavy. The sidewalls of the skis are still fully sandwiched between those metal sheets, giving the Stance W 94 a ton of precision and power in a carved turn. At 94 mm underfoot, the skis are right in the Goldilocks zone of being wide enough to float through fresh, soft, and broken snow and narrow enough to generate good torsional stiffness and carving power. As a result, it should be strongly considered in the one-ski quiver category, as it has the ability to be a lot of different things to many different skiers. No matter the terrain or snow condition, the Stance W 94 will be able to handle it all.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
All Mountain, Groomers
In our testing of the Stance lines, both men's and women's, the qualities that stick out the most are the precision and the maneuverability. They are so incredibly easy to turn and get on edge-a very natural and instinctive feel. Just tip and rip. Most of the skiers on our Stance 96 were all very surprised at how agile the skis were for their perceived weight and build. The W 94, with the lighter core, comes in at 1720 grams per ski in the 161 cm length, and that's certainly on the lighter side of skis that have two sheets of metal. As a result, you're going to get the precision and power of the titanal frame but with the quickness and maneuverability of a much lighter ski. Steeps, bumps, trees, and powder: the 94 is built to handle it all, and especially for advanced and expert skiers. They'll love the power and stability that the skis provide, even under duress. The best part about it all is that they're not too burly that you'll tire yourself out. Thanks to the lighter core, skiers have a much better chance of having their last turn of the day be as clean as their first.
Allison Ruschp skied the 161 and was pretty stoked on the new skis from Salomon. Mostly 4's on her scorecard with a 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold reinforce the notion that these are truly versatile skis on the high-end of the performance spectrum. She notes that "Salomon's new line of Stance takes their skis to the next level. The Stance 94 women's skis have plenty of power to carve up the hill. With the 94 mm waist and metal construction, it can power through just about everything. Very impressive edge grip through the full turn. Salomon's cut outs in the forebody and tail allows the ski's easier release. This metal ski will fit a wide variety of skiers looking to do it all on one ski." A lot of the same feelings we had on the men's Stance 96 translate very well to the lady's version as well, showing a commitment to all-around performance on Salomon's part.
All good things with the new Stance series from Salomon, and the 94 W is a fantastic option for real all-mountain performance and versatility. Skiers looking to take their skills to the next level of terrain and conditions will love the superb build, shape, and profile of the Stance 94 W.