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2014 Salomon X Race Ski


Pros: excellent edge grip combined with good speed stability

Cons: extremely short slalom turns

I tested this ski a few weeks ago in 170cm length and bough it right away. I do usually ride a few different FIS SL race skis (Atomic and Blizzard) so I'm used to aggressive skis with excellent edge grip. I bought this ski as an addition to the race skis for good on-piste performance at all piste conditions.

This ski offers great edge grip which is far above most stock skis and offers good speed stability both on the edge and on the running surface. The radius of this ski is 15m but an average person can easily change the effective radius by adjusting edge angle and pressure. In order to use the full acceleration of this ski at the end of a curved turn you need to have a good technique and maintain a good balance on the ski otherwise this acceleration power is lost. But on the other hand this ski is very pleasant in case of any mistakes (i.e. leaning backwards).

Aggressively carved short turns are possible but they do require clean technique and some power in the lags - in case you want to do such turns quite frequently I'd recommend a different ski. This ski plays excellent on medium long carved terms with medium to high speed on various snow conditions (hard natural snow, artificial snow, ice). Speed control can mainly be done by radius adjustments which does allow carving on steep slopes as well. 

Classic short turns (i.e. on very steep or bumpy slopes) are also easily possible with this ski, even though I would recommend a different edge angle for that (mine has 87°/0.5° - originally it comes with 88°/1°). 


All in all I would recommend this ski to anyone from Amateur/Advanced to Expert level - this ski is very easy and pleasant to drive but with a good technique it can also be aggressive, which offers a great all-round capability for a sportive on-piste ski for nearly all conditions.


Pros: Instructors and technical skiers rejoice

Cons: A good hard snow ski that no one will buy


This will be one of those great skis that no one will know about. How dare Salomon sneak it's way into technical skis? Who do they think they are? What credibility do they have? Well, does it matter? Does it really matter? Salomon has been making some of the best skis in popular categories for the fast few years, please do not let the BBR series define your opinion of them. The Enduro 800/850, Sentinel (who's death was premature), Rocker115 (now Quest 115) all great/class leaders just to name a few.  Why not make a great hard snow ski? Exactly, why not, so they did. The new X-Race is a ski that will be that ski that you are going to see some of the best instructors skiing on you will be seeing them at club races you will be seeing them flying around on groomers in the east. HOPEFULLY. I say hopefully because I cannot imagine that there were less than a dozen shops in the country that ordered them. 


The on snow feel was very poppy and playful. Although the X-Race doesn't have the damp euro feel of the Head or the Kastle the on slow contact was there for a solid turn initiation, control and was still smooth without feeling chattery. Like the other skis in the class, the X-Race was able to mix turn shapes and was comfortable in all of the shapes that I threw at it. 





Length Tested: 175cm

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  120/72/98 16.8M

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Traditional

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested



Other Skis in Class:

* Dynastar Course Ti

* Head SS Magnum

* Kastle RX12



Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Winter Park

Number of Runs: 1

Snow Conditions: Packed

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 49

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 

-Scott The Ski 175cm w/Look Pivot14

-Blizzard Brahma 180cm w/Look Pivot14

-Blizzard Bonafide 180cm w/Salomon 997E 

-Blizzard Gunsmoke 186cm w/Look Pivot15

-Nordica Vagabond 185cm w/Salomon Sth2 16

-various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

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2014 Salomon X Race Ski

A new approach to on-piste performance, X-Race combines the world cup construction and progressive intuitive shapes, enabling skiers to select their ski based on desired speed and turning radius.

Dimensions120.2/71.2/99.2 (170cm)
Turn Radiusn/a
Core MaterialWoodcore Race, Active Contact Sidewalls
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingRace Plate XX
Recommended useRace
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelExpert
Model Year2014
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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