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Salomon Rocker 2 108mm

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Looking for some opinions on the Salomon Rocker 2 108mm skis. I would be getting them in a 182cm. I imagine they are pretty fun in powder, but how do they hold up on hardpack and in firm bumps? Do they hold up at high speeds or do they become chattery? Are they durable? I've been on Shoguns for the last 3 seasons and every pair delaminates (anyone who was at the Mothers Day gathering at A Basin know what I'm talking about). Thanks!
post #2 of 9

Durable? So so. How much do you weigh? They work better for lighter folks... matter of fact, they like them in general. Don't ski them too short. It's one of those handful of skis that's it's better to err on the long side of things.

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I am 5'11" and weigh 160lbs. I am a strong skier and will definitely be taking them into extreme terrain where they will inevitably encounter rocks from time to time.
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I've never found Salomons to be particularly durable, even their "hard-charging rock stomping" El Dictator - I blew out the edges pretty fast, and know of a guy in Crested Butte that blew out edges TWICE.

 

If you want durable, go ON3P - a HUGE cut above in terms of durability in environments like Taos. Very thick Durasurf 4001 bases (toughest bases on the market) and edges - almost twice as thick as industry standard. Praxis uses similar construction, but slightly thinner bases/edges (still much thicker than industry standard). PM Gear uses similar construction, also, but has a history of delam issues. Moment is similar, also, but only slightly thicker than industry standard.


Edited by Brian Lindahl - 5/30/13 at 12:07pm
post #5 of 9

Judging from your pictures at the Mothers day gathering you probably will break them too biggrin.gif

 

Maybe Philpug can lead you to some more bullet proof skis,

 

They sell them all the time to squaw guys who are hard on equipment

post #6 of 9

There's plenty of hard charging at Squaw on Salomon skis.

 

Here's a pretty in-depth review: http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2nd-look-2012-2013-salomon-rocker-2-108

post #7 of 9

If you want hard charging durable skis I strongly suggest looking at some ON3Ps.  They have double thick edges and extremely tough bases.  They are having their spring sale right now on left over inventory.  If you have questions you can actually call them up and usually talk to the guys who make the skis.  Lots of reviews of their skis on TGR.

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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

If you want hard charging durable skis I strongly suggest looking at some ON3Ps.  They have double thick edges and extremely tough bases.  They are having their spring sale right now on left over inventory.  If you have questions you can actually call them up and usually talk to the guys who make the skis.  Lots of reviews of their skis on TGR.

I'm actually planning on picking up a pair of Billy Goats for powder and charging.  I'm waiting for their pre season sale to start before I get them.  I'm asking about the Salomons because I had a warranty issue and they need to send me replacements.  After doing some research on the Rockers, I'm actually leaning more towards the new Q series that is coming out for next year.  What do you guys think about the Q98?  This would leave me with two pairs in my quiver, the big, burly Goats and a mid-fat that can supposedly carve a nice turn.  If I were to get a third pair it would be a park specific, fully symmetrical twin tip (either ON3P Filthy Rich, Icelantic Da Nollie, or Line After Bangs). 

post #9 of 9

Since ON3P came up and we're talking about skis in this size range, I should add that I had a chance to run a few laps on some ON3P Jeffrey's at the end of this season (110mm @ 181 & 186) and loved them so much I just ordered some on discount.  My first full twin-tips.

 

Damn I'm a gear whore.  Only.... uh... 5 1/2 - 6 months until I can use them!  Unless I head up to Timberline, which is possible.

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