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Salomon 1080's

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Picked up a pair of used 1080 twin tips for my son today...blue tops orange bottoms version/which is the first rendition I think?...he's going to tucks in may and wanted a cheap mid fat...tech at the shop said perfect for tuckerman's in May...soft ski with plenty of flex, good for the bumps one can expect as things soften and free skis ok vs park use...tech suggested flat bindings vs lift (pro pulse) I am going to mount either a Salomon Driver Equipe or Salomon Equipe Propulse....ski's are 177, he is 6' 180lb expert solid psia lvl 8 at least ....age 21.

Bear thoughts on which binding is better for this ski, and random comments on what the ski delivers??? We can skip the stories about Salomon's flexing out quickly - I am clear on all that stuff.....the skis have about 20 days on em and besides a couple of ptex repairs and needing a tune they are fine.....just looking for feedback on perfomance limits this ski might have.....thanks!
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Demo'ed the 1080 at Alta on a powder day, here are my thoughts:

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Originally Posted by viking kaj
I recently demo'ed the Salomon Spaceframe 1080 (also a twin tip park ski) on a medium powder day...

It was good, but not great, in powder, at least at lower speeds. It skiied like a snow shoe floating on top, not sinking in.

On the otherhand, it was the most totally amazing bump ski I have ever been on. With the flexible tails and the twin tips (designed to land the backward) all you had to do was lean back and pop the tips. It was like being spring loaded, the ski would pull you out of anything including crossed tips. And my 40 year old knees were just fine at the end of the day when I am usually hurting after multiple bump runs because the skiis absorbed most of the shock.

It was also an extremely stable platform at low speeds and worked well in narrow chutes because you could walk the edges around into the next turn.

But it could'nt carve worth a schnitz (again, think snow shoes) and was just not fun at high speeds (think wooden snow shoes).

By the way, my daughter who is a begining expert (class F plus and advancing rapidly) demo'ed the 1080's as well and just loved them on powder and in the chutes, probably due to the stability factor.
From my experience with these your son should love them for what you bought them for. BTW, they did not change the graphics for the until this year, so it may be hard to determine the year on these. Also, with the Space Frame construction these will be a lot harder to bust than a lot of other park skis.

Good luck!

Kaj
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Originally Posted by viking kaj
BTW, they did not change the graphics for the until this year, so it may be hard to determine the year on these. Also, with the Space Frame construction these will be a lot harder to bust than a lot of other park skis.
The 1080s in a 177 were made in 2000/2001 and 2001/2002.

It does not have the spaceframe technology.
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Originally Posted by hrstrat57
...just looking for feedback on perfomance limits this ski might have.....thanks!
At 180 lbs and level 8 skier, it's gonna be really easy to over ski that model. They wil be good at bumps and short turns, though. I skied the spaceframe model in a 181 as my park ski for two-seasons and really enjoyed them. I'd put anything but a ProPulse on them. I agree with the shop that near flat is best for that type of ski.
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Originally Posted by Scalce
The 1080s in a 177 were made in 2000/2001 and 2001/2002.

It does not have the spaceframe technology.
Yes, that seems correct. The ones my daughter and I skiied on were available only in increments of 10 cm from 151 to 181 in four different colors (blue 151, green 161, silver 171 and orange 181). I remember this because I found the color sizing thing very unusual. I have noticed that Salomon went to all white this year for all sizes. When I demo'ed I was skiing the 171. I would agree on the comment on overskiing, these are by no means speed machines.

If the older models do not incorporate the spaceframe technology they are probably substantially different skis. The ones I skied on were very stable underfoot and very soft but strong in the tips and tail.

Kaj
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hrstrat57

The blue with orange base was from the 2000/01 season. It is similar (same?) to the original yellow/orange version but there appeared to be limited numbers in this colour. I have the same ski in a 169 and the original wrapping was marked "US and Japan only" or something to that effect. Off the top of my head I think they are a 76 waist compared to 81(?) on the current spaceframe version.

I would agree with a lot of the comments above on the performance but I have also skied them in all conditions (for various reasons they ended up as my only ski for much of last season) and not found many real issues. Grip on real East Coast hardpack can be a bit wanting but haven't found many problems with a speed limit, including running a couple of GSs on them.

I have a 912 mounted flat on them. You might want to consider mounting them a bit back of center if just for free-skiing. They were a little wierd at first until I got used to it and taking them out again a couple of weeks ago after skiing race skis for the rest of the year it was again noticeable. Should work well for what you want. Oh, and they are also really light for hiking in!!
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hrstrat57


I would agree with a lot of the comments above on the performance but I have also skied them in all conditions (for various reasons they ended up as my only ski for much of last season) and not found many real issues. Grip on real East Coast hardpack can be a bit wanting but haven't found many problems with a speed limit, including running a couple of GSs on them.

I have a 912 mounted flat on them. You might want to consider mounting them a bit back of center if just for free-skiing. They were a little wierd at first until I got used to it and taking them out again a couple of weeks ago after skiing race skis for the rest of the year it was again noticeable. Should work well for what you want. Oh, and they are also really light for hiking in!!
Thanks for the note, btw my tech agreed with your mounting suggestion, he set em 2cm back of center (75 at mid this version) for all mountain skiing.....mounted flat salomon equipe driver 997's (yellow) and montana tuned to orig specs/ they look pretty sweet, my kid is psyched for tucks in may if the snow holds up.....remainder of ski season taking quite a beating today and tonight here in NE.....brutal rain....yikes...

thanks again to all for the reviews......
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