2022 Salomon Stance 84

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lengths: 161, 169, 177, 185 cm
radius: 16 m at 177 cm
sidecut: 123/84/106 mm at 177 cm

Salomon introduced the Stance line of skis for the 2020/21 ski season and on the heels of a successful launch, has expanded the line to include 2 new, narrower skis. One of which is this ski, the Stance 84. The Stance line of skis in general is more focused on groomed slopes and firm snow performance compared to the QST line. The new narrower Stance skis follow that trend, but use slightly different construction. In the Stance 84, we get a full poplar wood core with their Ti-C construction. A single sheet of titanal is positioned on top of the core, as opposed to the two sheets we get in the wider Stance models. The Stance 84 uses the same rectangular cut-outs in the fore and aft positions, but instead of C/FX, they just utilize carbon. This construction results in a much lighter weight ski and while removing a sheet of metal takes away some stability and vibration damping, if anything, Salomon is increasing the amount of energy in these skis. Shape is pretty straight-forward. The Stance 84 uses mostly camber, with some subtle rocker in the tip and tail to smooth out turn initiation, allow for easier edge release, and increase versatility for soft snow conditions.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Single Titanal Laminate
Ti-C Frame
All Mountain, Groomers

Mike Anglin skied the 177 cm length, which he thought felt a little too short for him. If he had his choice, he’d size up to the 185 cm length. Despite not being on his ideal size, Mike still had a lot of nice things to say about the Stance 84, and some incredibly impressive scores for a ski that’s just $499. Mike awarded the Stance 84 5 out of 5 scores for forgiveness and versatility, and what’s most impressive about his scores is that none of the other criteria dropped below 4 out of 5. Scores like that tell the story of a well-rounded, versatile all-mountain ski. “Salomon's Stance 84 brought some funky pop, light swing weight and sneaky energy to a pretty awesome east coast 1 quiver waist width. With a 16m turn radius, the Stance is a turning machine. Doesn't discriminate between short and long radius, as it performs them all with ease. Loves the bumps and is light and playful in the woods and tighter spaces. Athletic beginners to advanced light footed experts will all enjoy what the Stance 84 has to offer.” Josh Wolfgang also tested the 177 cm length, which he too felt was a little bit short. Slightly lower scores from Josh, but still very impressive considering the affordable price tag on the Stance 84. We saw a lot of 3 and 4 out of 5 scores, with the highest for overall impression and versatility. “For the price this is a really good ski. Can dig into a carve but can also slash put. Soft, but that isn’t a problem at lower speeds.”

Jeff Neagle also skied the 177 cm length, and unlike Mike and Josh, who are quite a bit bigger, Jeff thought that size was great for him. Jeff’s highest scores for the Stance 84 were for quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, forgiveness, and overall impression, all receiving 4 out of 5 scores. “There’s undoubtedly a ton of value in this ski. It has a lot of similarities to the Stance 90 in the grand scheme of things, it’s basically just lighter, a little quicker, although not as damp or quite as stable at speed. There’s still a sheet of metal in these, so it’s not like it’s just a noodle. I think that’s important to remember as a lot of skiers might look at the price tag and write it off too quickly. I think realistically, a single sheet of metal is plenty for most skiers. Carves turns well, holds an edge well, and has a snappier, more responsive feel compared to the wider Stance skis. I give credit to both the narrower width and the lighter construction. Off groomers, it’s one of those skis that feels right at home in the bumps. Not too catchy, not so stiff that it’ll buck you, and light enough that it won’t wear you out too quickly. Reminds me a lot of the Volkl Kanjo 84 and a few others in this category. There’s so much to like about these mid-80 mm all-mountain skis, and for some reason, they seem to get overlooked a lot.”

If you’re looking for a versatile all-mountain ski that’s not too punishing and that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Stance 84 from Salomon. It’s not the most powerful ski in the world, but it still benefits from the stability and vibration damping of metal. You get respectable edge grip too, so you can lay over some impressive carves on it, even more impressive when you consider the $499 price tag. You can also take it off trail and while it’s not the widest ski, it can handle some softer snow conditions and un-groomed terrain without feeling completely out of place.

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