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Salomon 24 Hours 178

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Skis: 2011 Salomon 24 Hours 178 with integrated Z12 bindings on Speedplate

 

About me: 29 years old skied since I could walk, currently 6'4, 210 and quite fit.

 

Areas I’ve used these skis: Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel, France.

 

Dimensions:

  • Radius: 16.8,
  • Sidecut: 119/ 73/ 105
  • Camber
  • Carve Rocker

 

Category: Piste, Groomed runs, Ice, Crud, Moguls, Shop version GS.

 

Bindings used:  Salomon Z12 on Speed plate (din set at 9)

 

Boots used: Salomon CS100’s

 

Quoted length: 178 – true to length.

 

Days skied on: Six.

 

So how do they preform?  I feel a little bit in love with these skis, the three valleys is normally pretty snow sure by European standards however I arrived in Val Thorens to find there had been little if any snow for the better part of a week and there was nothing but bluebird forecast for the next week, needless to say my powder skis did not leave their bag until Friday when all the snow arrived at once. 

 

On the open and steep runs of the Three Valleys these skis are at home there was nothing that I asked of them that they could not answer, at speeds that would have me in receipt of a fine in my car they held a perfect edge on the groomed runs, be it icy or soft either condition was easy work with a 73mm wait and race camber underfoot coupled with Salomons powerline dampening technology they didn’t so much adsorb bumps they crushed them. 

 

The two sheets of titanal these skis have meant that even in a 178, which is a bit shorter than I would normally consider I found them to be perfectly balanced and responsive.  Salomon claims a progressive radius between 15 and 19 meters with these skis and while I was initially sceptical I found that with some adaptation of my style (sending the weight onto the centre of the ski) they did happily perform shorter turns.  However make no mistake this ski is happiest when the slope is long steep and open with your weight forward they do not so much charge as conquer all in front of you, the only member of our group to go past me at full speed all week was on top of a set of Head GTO200’s (I think hes still trying to turn somewhere).

 

Salomon also claims a ‘carve rocker’ to initiate turns with ease, while these are always happy to turn in when stacked up there is very little if any visible rocker, the front of the ski certainly does engage with at any speed though.  While I was unable to test these on anything but groomed runs (the off piste was a solid crust and the avalanche risk was quite high due to shelf slides) the verity of the pistes in the Three Valleys allowed exploration of their behaviour on very soft to very firm freshly groomed snow and harder ice plates in the shadows, I am pleased to report they took each condition in their stride.

 

Quality of construction:  The pair I used for the week were shop hires so had seen two seasons worth of use, there was some obvious wear on the top sheets from European lift lines, the bases and edges were still in very good condition and showed little sings of damage or major wear and tear (a friend has these as his piste skis and with normal use and they exhibit very little sing or wear and tear).

 

Other things of note:  I feel I should say again how balanced and comfortable these felt at speed, it’s clear to see the step down in technology and construction from Salomons ture race skis into their advanced piste skis.

 

Overall conclusions:  The only reason I don’t own a set is everywhere in Europe seems to have sold out of these in 178, and to be fair I am not surprised, for an advanced skier looking for a piste weapon they can use all day I highly recommend these.


Edited by lordf - 2/7/13 at 6:10pm
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Thanks for the review.. I have always loved Salomon's higher end skis however they have stopped importing their high performance skis into the US.

 

I had heard good things about the "24 Hour" skis as well as the Daytona and Mustang. Now if I could just get my hands on a pair to try over here!

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Salomon X Race Skis 13/14

Anyone had a good run on these new skis ? 5 shapes / 5 lengths / same construction ?
Think they could be a winner for salomon in high end recreational /club racer
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Originally Posted by dchan View Post

Thanks for the review.. I have always loved Salomon's higher end skis however they have stopped importing their high performance skis into the US.

 

I had heard good things about the "24 Hour" skis as well as the Daytona and Mustang. Now if I could just get my hands on a pair to try over here!

 

They are without a doubt some of the nicest front side medium to high speed carving skis I have ever used.  They also feel very planted for when you feel you want to straight line a full piste even at the end of the day when the resorts have all snow conditions under the sun (or cloud) these skis just crush pretty much everything before them.  They have all be best attributes of the race skis without feeling like they are going to catch an edge or grab you, Ive used a few sets of Salomon race skis and while they are some of the more inert race skis this translates into very stable and easy to use high end piste skis.

 

Id have love to have tried these in some fresh snow too, but I think thats the point my weight would have gone against their size in a 178, Ideally I would love it if Salomon made these in a 183 / 185. I would love to have a set of the Mustangs to try as well, but its a hard enough to find them for sale in Europe it seems im going to have to pester my Salomon rep pre season I think.

 

I find it amazing that they wont bring these over as they would suit a large proponent of the market esp as a quiver ski to compliment a powder weapon or they would be perfect for those who dont venture into the deep stuff or just want to slay moguls and bumps, they are so damp yet so easy to accelerate from a start and out of turns, the power line damper in the skis really does work in my view, a good friend who is a bit shorter and fair bit lighter than myself has them in the next size down and is still on the same pair three years on.

 

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Originally Posted by snoman View Post

Salomon X Race Skis 13/14

Anyone had a good run on these new skis ? 5 shapes / 5 lengths / same construction ?
Think they could be a winner for salomon in high end recreational /club racer

 

Not had a look yet but it sounds interesting esp as I couldnt find any 24's for sale this year in my size.


Edited by lordf - 2/8/13 at 2:11am
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The X Race look rather temping esp for me in a 180.

 

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