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2013 Salomon Enduro XT800


Pros: Stable at high speeds, (in straight line)

Cons: Too stifff. Too sluggish edge to edge Too heavy.

Bought a pair of XT800s to replace a 10 year old pair of Solomon Crossmax 9s, and headed to Utah.


First experience was on a groomed blue run just heading for another lift to get to the top.

I instantly noticed how slow the XT800s were edge to edge just cruising down a blue.


Then we found a little powder.  Skiing powder on these skis was like having battleships attached

to my boots.  All work and not even the slightest bit of fun.  I'm amazed I didn't kill myself.


Tried them again the next day at Park City.  I still couldn't get used to them.  It was a miserable

experience.  There is just no life in these skis.


The next day, I left them in the room and rented a pair of Head Venturi(s).  Loved the Heads in the powder.

Just proves I still know how to ski.


Day 4, back on the XT800s blasting down the groomers at Solitude.  The XT800s do handle the speed

very well, but for a ski this stiff they don't have near the bite on the hard pack that I would expect.

At warp speed on the groomers you need control, not skis that skid out from under you.  They will

carve, but you have to beat them with a stick to get them to do it.


Solomon really blew it on this model.  The shop where I bought the XT800s has a 1 year performance

guarantee, so I can take them back.   And I plan to do just that.


PS. I've been skiing for 39 years and this is my 8th pair of new skis.  I have loved every other pair I've bought.


Pros: Can be skied fast; nice topsheet?

Cons: Damp; slow edge to edge; overly stiff

Me: 32, 6', 165lbs, CSIA level 3 candidate

Preferred skis: Head magnum, Head Integrale 009, Atomic Blackeye Ti

Conditions tested: Whistler-Blackcomb on hardpack, firm off-piste conditions, and soft off-piste

Length tested: 175cm


Let me just get my preferences out there: when it comes to skiing, I'm more of a gazelle than a rhinoceros. The Enduro xt 800 unfortunately feels more like a rhinoceros (or dump truck). It might be good for a "power skier", but not great for technical skiers who ski at a variety of speeds using a varying amount of force. 



WB had mixed conditions, with some soft snow, hardpack, and even ice on different runs.


This is a stiff ski, with a layer of titanium in the middle. Perhaps due to the titanium it was also heavier than what I'm accustomed to skiing, making it slow to respond. Given the ski's stiffness and slowness through transition, I had trouble bending the ski into clean short radius turns, and did feel a fair bit more skidding at initiation than what I would normally coax out of my skis.


In longer radius turns at higher speeds (higher than what I'm comfortable skiing) the ski did bend and performed well on soft snow. When conditions became icier, I felt less grip than what I get out of my true carver skis, which is unsettling when breaking 40mph. 



We hiked Spanky's ladder for a couple of fun runs in the Blackcomb glacier. I imagined the ski's dampness would help with absorbing any of the whoop-de-doos one encounters along traverses. Unfortunately, because of the ski's stiffness, chopped up off-piste is a rough ride. I actually find my 75mm Head Integrale 009s perform better off piste. 


Bumps were almost painful on the Enduros. Again, due to the ski's stiffness. Yeah, all terrain is skiable on this ski (as is the case with almost any ski out there), but not a treat. 




The Enduro is a ski with an identity crisis. The ski was wide, supposedly to help in off-piste conditions, but it was way too stiff to perform nicely in bumps. One would think that given its stiffness, the Enduro would be great on hardpack, but it gripped worse than a 2x4 plank (possibly the tune), and was slower than molasses at transitioning from one edge to the next. There's nothing this ski does better than any other ski, and even among the compromising skis the Enduro sits at the bottom of the pack.


Perhaps the Enduro would work better for a very heavy person (e.g. 190lbs+). Even so, I have a hard time envisioning a situation where this ski would be the best option.


Pros: Holds very good on ice and difficult conditions, pretty quick, gives a feeling of confidence.

Cons: Very heavy to carry around to the apres ski bar and even heavier back to the hotel.

I've had a pair of these bad boys since new on June 2012 I've used them for 15 days.

I live in the UK and have only skied them in Tignes and Val d'Isere.

I must admit I am still a beginner in powder, I've only had a few days worth of powder with these skis back in December 2012, but they gave me as much confidence as anything else I've used.

I've been skiing longer than I like to admit and I'm very technically competent, but how good I really am is for someone else to say. 


I like these skis and I would be quite happy carrying there heavy bulk around except I was demoing some Kneissls last week in Tignes and they felt so good that I think the XT800s are going to be making an appearance on eBay. But if they don't reach a good price I wont be too dissapointed taking them to Kicking Horse in January.

2013 Salomon Enduro XT800

High-performance all-mountain ski combining Powerline for unrivaled stability and control with all mountain rocker for more terrain versatility. For skiers who ski 80% on-piste. Available as system and flat

Lengths154, 161, 168, 175, 182
Turn Radius14.6M @ 168
Core MaterialWoo
Binding SystemZ12
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended BindingZ12
Recommended useGroomed
Binding TypeSystem
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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