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2011 Salomon Shogun Ski Reviews

Positive Reviews




Pros: all around great ski, versatile, playful, fun

Cons: playfulness may sacrifice stability in some conditions.

me, 6ft, 165, ski at slower to moderate speeds, at squaw valley, ski groomers only to get to the lift after skiing natural snow, ski lots of squaw type bumps (large, rounded, not short, choppy), steeps, crud, whatever nature serves up w/ an order of wind, sun and precip... level 8/9 skier (psia scale),   terrain, chute 75 squaw, a couple ice turns up top, wonderful wind deposited fluff in the middle, bigger bumps in the bottom, and  some leftover avalanche debris chunks in the center, rain layer ice on the flanks.   ski, 182, 131-101-118 or so, 3.5cm of slight rocker tip   So, I haven't really been a salomon fan for quite awhile. liked the xscream, then didn't ski a salomon that worked...
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Negative Reviews

The Factory

great ski characteristics but very poor quality build


Pros: crud, powder, steeps, nimble, relatively light for its size, stiff without weight

Cons: poor quality

this is the second year in a row i bought these skis and now second year in a row that they started to delaminate on me. I bought the 10/11 ski for the 2011/2012 season and used them for backcountry touring, no resort skiing whatsover. They are an excellent ski for variable terrain from wind blown crust, to powder, to spring corn and even managed on ice. they are easy to throw around once you get used to them and they ride through almost anything. In otherwords, I really like the skiing characteristics of these skis and salomon skis in general. however, after about 10 uses they began to delaminate under the binding, I did go over some rocks but hey, Salomon claims these have...
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Want Bamboo - try Liberty's Helix


Pros: Looks good

Cons: Fairly dead ski

I'm a big fan of Bamboo cores and was super excited to see Salomon bring it into the line this year. I've skied the Liberty Helix a bunch and it is an awesome ski. I guess I expected the Salomon to ski like the Helix. Instead, it's a fairly dead ski. It's nice and stable, but not a lot of energy.

More Reviews


I'm pleasenltly surprised!


Pros: Stable at speed, playfull even on hard surfaces, all around great!

Cons: Of course not so great on ice!

Purchased this november 2010. I am manager at J-H Lamontagne Sprorts in Lévis, Québec Canada. Lots of hard pack around exept at the Massif (Charlevoix) and Mont-Grand Fonds (Charlevoix). I kind of kwew what to expect from Salomon's description and what they had in mind for that ski. I'am very pleased and surprised with the skis. I expected sluggished feelings on hard pack and kind of a truck driving experience. But thank you Salomon i d'ont have to carry two pairs of skis for for the day. Excellent in powder, above average on hard pack for that type of ski, playfull in the park (i have two kids 8 and 12). So anyone intersted in a Peak73 and Black Jack 80 for...
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Salomon Shogun 182


Pros: Stable in GS Turns and Quick turning in tight zones - ultra versatile - Good in Powder and hardpack.

Cons: The 182 wouldn't be my choice for huge AK faces I think the 191 or the Czars

Salomon Shogun - 182 Makes the cut in the Travel Bag -  Who wants to hear from a guy who is biased and who gets skis from the company he is writing about.  Fair question.   My deal is I have been testing skis for over twenty years and I loved this ski the very first time I got on them last year.   They are a great ski for everything.  They are not the best powder ski - but they out-ski the best powder ski in hard pack.  They are not the best hard pack ski - but they out ski the best hard-pack ski in powder.  What they are is a great all around ski.   They ski powder with ease and they can carve a turn on hardpack.      They can also butter turns when mounted forward. I took these with me...
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11/12 Shogun


Pros: Stable at speed, Kills crud, stable in landings

Cons: heavy

This is about as close as you can get to a one ski quiver.  It wants to go fast, turn big and get airborn.  I ski the 191 and unlike other reviewers I would say this ski is more "like" the K2 fujas or the atomic access.  I say like because of dimensions and rocker type.  The similarities end right there though.  This ski is relatively stiff, yet very lively, and very damp when busting through crud or landing after a 20 footer.  The only drawback of the stiffness is when you are in snow thats over 8 inches deep.  Even though it has a fair amount of rocker in the tip it doesn't translate to superior flotation.  If you like to ski fast and be...
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Solomon Shogun review


Pros: powder, crud, groomers

Cons: just OK in bumps

Specs: 6' 0" 175 lbs level 9 home mountain Crystal Mt, WA Shogun 182 cm   This is a fantastic ski, especially if you love side-country skiing.  I spend most of my time at the resorts looking for powder, which means that I spend a lot of my day skiing cut-up powder and crud.  I have two seasons on my S7s and love them, but find them to be a little tiring in the crud and bumps.  The S7s bounce around a bit on crud and they are not very quick edge-to-edge, so I end up just skiing over most of the bumps, which tires me out.  The Shoguns are 90% as good as the S7s in powder, but they are far better in cruddy, cut-up snow and bumps.  There is a...
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My one-ski quiver


Pros: Versatility, soft snow performance, liveliness, carving hardpack

Cons: Graphics

I've been hunting for a versatile soft snow ski for a while, and discovered the Shoguns almost by accident. They weren't on my shortlist of skis to test, but a Salomon tech convinced me to try a pair of Geishas (same ski, different topsheet) - he even waived the rental charge because he was so convinced I would love them. Well, the guy knew his stuff. The first day I took the Geishas out was a 70cm powder day; I ended up renting them one more time to try on hardpack before buying the Shoguns. I couldn't have been more impressed with this ski. In powder, the rockered tip came into its own; on groomers, it was barely noticeable and had no impact on the overall stability of the ski....
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