Title: Review: 2010/2011 Salomon Shogun (Mounted with Head Mojo 12 bindings)
Length/size Tested: 173
Dimensions: / /
Camber: Camber underfoot - Rocker Tip
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Sunshine Village & Lake Louise (Banff Alberta) & Big White British Columbia
*Runs Taken: Didn't count - 4 days worth of leg burning deliciousness.
*Snow Conditions: A bit of everything - with the exception of bottomless pow
*Demo or Purchase: Demo – then Purchase
Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
I absolutely, positively, truthfully LOVE this ski.
I even told it that after a day at Big White, to which my wife replied, "aww, I love you too. Oh, you were talking to the ski weren't you?"
I rented the ski at Sunshine Village for the day about a month ago – overall I had a lot of fun on it, however felt a little bit unbalanced on it for most of the day. At the end of the day, I had figured out that it was just my own stance. I’m used to “driving” my Head Monsters with a lot of toe pressure and the shins on the front of the boots. The Shoguns didn’t like this, presumably due to the rocker tips. Once I was in a more neutral/balanced stance, they were much happier skis. Skied a lot of not-quite-hard-not-quite-soft snow this day. Didn’t find any moguls, or real fresh lines, a few turns in the trees were a blast, and a couple steep pitches were easily handled.
After a couple more rentals (Rossi S3 and Blizzard Titan Atlas) neither of which I liked enough to buy (really didn’t like the Atlas, Loved the S3 in pow, but not on hardpack), I decided to purchase the Shogun.
Skied Lake Louise in a MOSTLY hardpack day, trees, moguls, and about 4 fresh & soft turns off of Whitehorn 1. These skis slayed anything I could find. They’re quick to whip around in the trees, float very well (compared to my Monsters) in the soft snow, and absolutely BLAST through any type of crud.
Now I took them out to Big White in BC for a weekend ski trip. No hardpack to speak of… soft snow everywhere. Not exactly bottomless, but I could bury my ski pole a good 8 inches in the SunRype Bowl if I wanted to. This is REALLY where I’ve fallen in absolute love with my Shoguns. I find them light and easy to turn, but absolutely LOVE speed.
Soft Groomed runs, they really want to just rip down as fast (or faster) than you’re comfortable. I’m not a racer, and have absolutely no delusions of such (especially after skiing with the folks I was with – all of whom WERE racers), but they really hold an edge, and just rip.
Moguls, I’m actually surprised here, they’re more than adequete. Again I’m not a great skier, I’m sure the lines I took down the moguls weren’t exactly zipper line, or pretty, or fast, but the Shoguns held an edge on the hard/icy skied off moguls, just as well if not better than I could expect.. The waist width (99mm @ 173 length) was a complete non-issue here.
Alpine softies, WOW. Here’s where the Shoguns wanted to be. All I can say is that, while I may not be the best skier out there, I felt like a million bucks in that bowl. I was able to rip it from top to bottom in one beautiful linked line. The first time EVER that I’ve been able to chase that glorious feeling of float/surf for more than a couple turns. I was in absolute bliss in this bowl.
The only gripe: on Cat-track, hard packed as it got, I found the tips to be a bit… grabby. Now, I’m almost certain that this isn’t really a function of the ski, but rather a function of the following:
Sharp edges should’ve been detuned (I did tune before Big-White, .5 base/2 side – tip to tail [just about]). No gummy stone at home, so I left the rockered bit sharp. I suspect it would be less grabby had I dulled it a bit.
A tired skier is a lazy skier. Getting tired, I know that I was more than likely slumped over – shoulders ahead of knees & feet.
Height/Weight: 5'8" / 170#
Average days on snow: 25ish
Years Skiing: 6-15
Skis in your Quiver: 173 Salomon Shoguns & 172 Head Monster 82s
Aggressiveness: Fairly Aggressive.
SierraJim: Thanks so much for recommending these. Love em.
Trekchick: Again, thanks for your offer from StartHaus - too bad us Canadian's get ripped off on duties and shipping :(