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2013 Salomon Rocker2 92

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Pros: Quick handling, great in soft bumps, versatile, surprisingly good in powder!

Cons: Probably not great on boilerplate

I bought these at the end of the 2012/2013 season to replace some ancient and spanked-out 175cm Pocket Rockets.

I demoed these two years ago as the Twenty-Twelve (Salomon keeps making the same ski, but for some reason, keeps changing the name), and again last year as the Rocker2 92. Demos were mounted on the recommended line which is dead center of the ski. I'm not sure why Salomon recommends this as they are not a symmetrical side cut, but whatever. I liked the demos a lot, but decided to mount my pair at -3cm so they'd have a little more tip, and ski more like a traditional all-mountain than a park/jib ski. Salomon marks up to -2 for traditional mount, but traditional is more like -4-5 from cord center, so my -3cm is still kind of "progressive".

Initial impression was that I could have gone further back, maybe to -4, but that was on firm bumps where the tails seemed to want to take me for a ride. This was probably just due to not really being dialed into the ski yet, and I've since decided that -3 was a good call.

Overall the skis are quick edge to edge without being squirrely. This is the first Salomon I've owned that hasn't been cap construction, and the improved stoutness and edge hold of the sandwich/sidewall build is immediately noticeable. This is not the Blue Noodle by a long shot! The turn radius is longer too, and while they can easily handle short radius turns, there is a noticeable improvement in stability at speed, whether on hard pack, crud, or in powder.

I initially bought these as an everyday driver for firmer conditions between storm cycles in Colorado (which is most of the time), but I've had the good fortune to ski these quite a bit on deeper days, (8-10"+), and much to my surprise, this is where the Rocker 92 really shines!

The rocker profile is subtle in the tip and tail. At first I thought it might be too easy to make the tips dive in deeper snow. I was wrong. I think the rise in the tail actually allows the tail to settle in a bit more in deeper snow, which causes the tip to rise more than I expected. The result is that the tip doesn't bury, and the ski remains playful and maneuverable even in conditions that I thought would favor a fatter ski.

By contrast, my Pocket Rockets never felt like enough ski, either in width or length, and because of their soft flex, were much harder to stay centered on. No such problems with the Rocker2 92.

The Blue Noodles also got deflected pretty easily, and weren't very good at cutting through chop at speed. The Rocker2 92 crushes it at speed, better than any other ski I've tried with similar dimensions, and at least as well as some that are more than a centimeter wider. They reward an aggressive stance, and inspire confidence in almost every snow condition but boiler plate. I don't ski to ski boilerplate, and therefore don't own a ski that excels in that kind of snow (ice) condition. If I still lived back east, it might be singing a different tune.

I've read a lot of positive reviews of the Rocker2 92, but almost as many pans. Obviously not everyone is going to love this ski, but personally I think Salomon goofed with the recommended mounting position, and believe that most of the folks who were less than thrilled with this ski would have a much more positive impression if they had been on a more traditional mount (-3 cm). Too much further back, and I think they'd have a tendency to wheelie too much. YMMV.

I had bought a pair of Moment Tahoe's earlier in the season that I thought were going to fill the mid-fat hole in my quiver, and while they're well made and great for cruising, they just weren't doing it for me in bumps or soft snow. I took a beating selling them on e-bay, but couldn't be happier with the switch to the Rocker2 92. They may not be for everyone, but they are definitely for me!

 

Finally, Salomon re-named the Rocker2 92 the "Remix" for 2013/2014. Same ski, different top-sheet. I'm going to keep track of this ski, whatever Salomon decides to call it, as I want to have the option of buying a new pair when I eventually kill my current pair. So far they're holding up great after probably 50+ days; something that I couldn't say about other Salomons I've owned. I've always liked the way Salomons ski, but my experience has taught me not to expect too much longevity. The Rocker2 92 might just change that perception. 

My stats:
5' 7"
165lbs
51yo
Wicked-Xtreme
Ski 70-100 days a year
Former East Coaster, now reside/ski in ColoRADo

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2013 Salomon Rocker2 92
Description:

Very solid in all conditions. The Rocker2 92 is your partner when you explore the high mountain, and everything that comes with it.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths158, 163, 171, 179, 186
Dimensions123/91/116
Turn Radius21.9M @ 179
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialWood
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingSth Driver
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Binding System
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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