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Salomon XW Tornado TI + Z12 Ski

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #66 in Carving Skis


My initial impression on the first run wearing the Tornadoes was "this is familiar." I was recovering from an XScream love affair and these were the medicine I needed. Let me qualify this review by saying I spent a minimal amount of time off-piste on these skis. The little I did spend was in the trees and they held their own. These are by no means a deep powder ski with a 79 inch waist but they don't make you sit on the back of the ski like an XScream just to keep the tips from diving. Now to the good stuff. If you like packed powder or groomed runs, these skis will make you feel like Bode Miller. Even runs with several inches of fresh, untracked powder will feel like a warm knife slicing through butter. If you're a very good skier, these things will make you feel like a pro. Extremely quick edge-to-edge. Turning takes minimal effort. The faster you go, the better these get. I felt like I could touch my uphill elbow to the mountain with the way these things held edge on high speed carving turns. The weight was perfect for my 175 lb frame and despite them not weighing a metric tonne and having only moderate stiffness, these things bust through the crud with ease. I would not say these skis make you feel like a better skier than you are. I would say they get out of the way so you are a better skier. If you're an advanced to expert skier who spends at least 50 percent of your time front-side, I don't think you'll find a better ski. I was bummed when I couldn't find a demo of the XWing Enduro in my size, but after 1 run on these babies, I looked no further.

Salomon XW Tornado TI + Z12 Ski

If corduroy pants trigger a Pavlovian urge to tip on your side and seek the apex, the Salomon XW Tornado TI + Z12 ski/binding system is the powerful medicine you need. The XW Tornado TI is built for destroying groomers at high speed, with dual titanium laminate sheets sandwiching a full wood core for the ultimate in frontside carving performance. The convenience of the included Z12 binding makes for easy setup and allows the ski to flex freely for zero dead spots. Powerline and PulsePad technologies reduce vibration and chatter for a smooth, powerful ride.

Lengths159cm, 166cm, 173cm, 180cm
Dimensions[173cm] 120 / 79 / 107mm
Turn Radius[173cm] 16.3m
ConstructionDouble monocoque, double titanium laminate
Core MaterialFull Woodcore
Binding SystemProtrak
Binding IncludedSalomon Z12
Recommended UseAll mountain, intermediate to advanced
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
BasePtex 4000
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