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Salomon X- Drive 80 or K2 AMP 80X [for Europe]

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I started skiing about three years ago, making a lot of progress ( by now I'm doing black pistes, not falling at all, but not super smooth) so I decided i wanted to buy ski's instead of (expensive ) renting. In the shop they advised me 2 ski's, the Salomon X-Drive 80 or the K2 AMP 80X. The Salomon Ski is about 80 euro cheaper and has great reviews online, but K2 will last me longer because they are " more close to expert ski's, so I will be able to keep using them as I improve" to quote the shop owner. What do you guys, who obvious have more experience than me, think?

 

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Originally Posted by BelgianBullet View Post
 

I started skiing about three years ago, making a lot of progress ( by now I'm doing black pistes, not falling at all, but not super smooth) so I decided i wanted to buy ski's instead of (expensive ) renting. In the shop they advised me 2 ski's, the Salomon X-Drive 80 or the K2 AMP 80X. The Salomon Ski is about 80 euro cheaper and has great reviews online, but K2 will last me longer because they are " more close to expert ski's, so I will be able to keep using them as I improve" to quote the shop owner. What do you guys, who obvious have more experience than me, think?

 

Kind Regards


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where in Europe are you planning to ski this winter?  Have you already bought boots?

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Thanks! Yeah I allready bought boots ( Salomon quest acces 60). Allways buy boots first according to friends, because I could still rent ski's in France if I wanted, but boots only is more difficult. I'm planning to go skiing in Valmenier for a week ( In Belgium after your examinations you get one week off, so the area is practically student's only), not a very big ski area but big enough for a week:)

 

I'm 1m87 ( 6'2), and about 80 kg ( 176 pounds), in case that would make a difference in choosing

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Who told you that the K280X was a more expert ski (and why would that last you longer anyway?)?  The 80 was the 'intermediate ski' in the rictor line

 

The Salomon and the k2 have similar builds: sheet of metal, early rise tip and tail, carbon dampening wrap in front.

 

Differences: Salomon is made in Austria, the k2 in china, the Salomon X drive is decidedly more powerful and lively than the K2.  I have skied both. The Rictor 82xti, was a great ski, the 80X was a big step down.  The Salomon is a real bargain expert ski.

 

Sounds like your local shop is working hard to ditch its left over stock of discontinued k2 intermediate skis.

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@Liam that was exactly what I was feeling! So I guess 320 euro for the Salomon ski's ar definitely a bargain?

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I don't know what a euro is worth in greenbacks. But evo gear was selling last years salomon x drive 80 fs with a binding for 320 Americanos ...which is an absurdly good deal
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So you think that 320 euro for the salamon ski's ( with binding) is a good deal?

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Who told you that the K280X was a more expert ski (and why would that last you longer anyway?)?  The 80 was the 'intermediate ski' in the rictor line

 

The Salomon and the k2 have similar builds: sheet of metal, early rise tip and tail, carbon dampening wrap in front.

 

Differences: Salomon is made in Austria, the k2 in china, the Salomon X drive is decidedly more powerful and lively than the K2.  I have skied both. The Rictor 82xti, was a great ski, the 80X was a big step down.  The Salomon is a real bargain expert ski.

 

Sounds like your local shop is working hard to ditch its left over stock of discontinued k2 intermediate skis.

Are there not I believe 2 or 3 different versions (or levels) of the xdrive 80 and all with subtle differences in construction and ability level, the lowest one ability wise is composite (non wood core) and I think last years version was no metal but not 100% sure of that.  In that case the specific model in question (of which we do not know) could certainly be the one which in general is a little lower level ski than its more able sibling/s and also the amp80x which is wood. This could be why the ski being offered is cheaper. Not trying to knock that ski at all but from recent searching I have done for last years models I believe the xdrive has different versions and also price. Apologies if my info is incorrect.


Edited by rollin - 12/13/15 at 4:54pm
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Are there not I believe 2 or 3 different versions (or levels) of the xdrive 80 and all with subtle differences in construction and ability level, the lowest one ability wise is composite (non wood core) and I think last years version was no metal but not 100% sure of that.  In that case the specific model in question (of which we do not know) could certainly be the one which in general is a little lower level ski than its more able sibling/s and also the amp80x which is wood. This could be why the ski being offered is cheaper. Not trying to knock that ski at all but from recent searching I have done for last years models I believe the xdrive has different versions and also price. Apologies if my info is incorrect.

That is a good point, I didn't realize there was a level below the X drive 80 ti…but there is, and it's a lower end metal less ski.  I've only skied the x drive 80 fS and thats the one evogear was unloading from last year at 320.00 americos .  If it's the lowest end drive than neither ski is all that advanced….

 

Are there other skis you are looking at Belgian Bullet? The choices are extensive in this category, deals are plentiful.


Edited by Liam - 12/14/15 at 3:27am
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I tried the Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti in January of this year in the French Alps and loved it. Mostly I skied hard-packed groomers, sometimes icy, with about 4" of powder on a couple of days. The ski handled groomers incredibly well: solid in big turns, nimble in bumps. The ski was adequate in softer snow but it's not made for that and it wasn't terrible either. I'm 5'8 for 175 pounds, an advanced skier, and I was on the 170cm version.

 

I loved the X-Drive 80 Ti so much that I considered buying it but found a crazy-cheap pair of Volkl Kenjas from 2 seasons and got them instead (they're a bit better in soft snow).

 

I haven't tried to K2 but I think the Salomon is a very solid purchase that'll satisfy you as you continue to progress, and you can find it cheap right now.

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Don't what ski the Belgian bullet ended up on, but I have really loved the 175cm Salomon X Drive 80FS here in the fast and firm east this season.   easy-peasy ski with a high envelope of use.  And, it's one of the liveliest skis I've skied to date, a surprising amount of pop.  In spite of the fact it's made in an Austrian Factory, it retains that Gallic springy energy instead of Teutonic dampness.

 

No, I'm in the hunt for a Salomon X-race.


Edited by Liam - 1/19/16 at 12:14pm
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