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In Defense of Salomon Skis

post #1 of 9
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Seeing yet another crack on Salomons in another thread (saying they are not even "real" skis), I have to say it's kind of funny, but geez, it's ridiculous.

I have skied Salomons (and Volkls) since 1992 and love them. My two skis were the Super Force 9 2S and the X-Scream. I have also used the Pocket Rocket on three occasions and had a blast on them. I have pushed several friends onto PRs for a powder day rental and they loved them.

I know a guy who makes his living on skis -- he films snowboarders at their stupid X-game or extreme events (OK, I took a shot at snowboarders, so shoot me). He has to ski faster than they board while carrying 30 pounds of gear. Oh, and he is filming too. He is more than an advanced skier. He has skied all over the world and can get any gear he wants. That's any ski he wants. He chose Pocket Rockets and uses them as his everyday ski now. He second ski is the Salomon X-Tra Hot (Chile pepper)

So take that you Atomic/Volkl/Fischer/Head snobs.
post #2 of 9
Everybody is different, I like my son's PR's I may even buy myself a pair, I have enjoyed my time on the X'tra Hot's but have found from watching friends ski them, Salomon's don't hold up as long as other skis. I used to have 3V Super Axe and like it quite a bit. But Sorry, they are not a Volkl. A buddy who is now on Dynastar 8000's was a big Salomon fan, it took him a couple of years to come around. But after a season on the 8000's 45+ day's he has said, "He should have listened sooner".
post #3 of 9
Both my kids, along with many of their friends, got into twin-tips & terrain parks 8 years ago. They put their skis through more abuse in a month than we do in a couple seasons. They have had many different brands and models. The skis that have held up to the abuse the best are the 1080s.

Personally, I have some X-Hots that I love. The X-Hots right off the rack don't have the near the edge-hold and torsional stiffness of the Dynastar 8000 but since I love moguls that a plus.
post #4 of 9
They all make decent skis. It's all about personal taste and intended use IMO. I don't own any Salomon ski, but that doesn't mean I never will.

How about...they make great boots!! That I can attest to.
post #5 of 9
I enjoyed trying out the Salomon Equipe 10SCs on a small eastern hill making many short turns. They are a little light and jittery for higher speeds on hard snow, but if you make a few turns on an eastern hill or are on deeper snow they are fine.
post #6 of 9
This topic is beat to death every so often here... i do hope that it is not being beat on again. It all boils down to preference. A true "expert" skier can ski on any ski and find the sweet spot to make it perform at the same level as an equivalent ski from the brand that was right next to it on the ski shops's racks. Those who bash Salomon should take a ride on their race stock skis... and those who think a Volkl is a stiff race ski should take a ride on an Elan GSX. That being said, all skis have their own characteristics. Volkls tend to be stiffer skis built for bigger people, Salomon builds skis that 95% of the population can ski on - expert or beginner - making them versitile, not weak skis. We could drone on about every ski companies characteristics - which i think i posted in a very long post over a year ago... but its not really worth it. Those who think Salomon skis suck - don't ski on them... but before you decide that a ski is awful evaluate how youre skiing it... or how youre skiing on any ski. It might just be the indian and not the arrow.
Later
GREG
post #7 of 9
It might be a matter of choice but it is important that everyone realize that my choice puts me in a group that makes me superior. Is that too much to ask?
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
This topic is beat to death every so often here... i do hope that it is not being beat on again. It all boils down to preference. A true "expert" skier can ski on any ski and find the sweet spot to make it perform at the same level as an equivalent ski from the brand that was right next to it on the ski shops's racks. Those who bash Salomon should take a ride on their race stock skis... and those who think a Volkl is a stiff race ski should take a ride on an Elan GSX. That being said, all skis have their own characteristics. Volkls tend to be stiffer skis built for bigger people, Salomon builds skis that 95% of the population can ski on - expert or beginner - making them versitile, not weak skis. We could drone on about every ski companies characteristics - which i think i posted in a very long post over a year ago... but its not really worth it. Those who think Salomon skis suck - don't ski on them... but before you decide that a ski is awful evaluate how youre skiing it... or how youre skiing on any ski. It might just be the indian and not the arrow.
Later
GREG
HeluvaSkier, I've missed your posting here much the last few months. Good to see that you are back.
post #9 of 9
Glad to be back. I had to buckle down and get to my school work this semester, plus i spent a lot of time on the snow this year. I was in Idaho for nationals, colorado for spring break, Blue Mt (PA) for regionals, plus a slew of other races and ski trips. Unfortunately, I managed to tear something in my knee while in Colorado, so I've been laying low recently. I'm due to the ortho mid July for MRI's and most likely some sort of orthoscopic procedure to fix torn stuff. Hopefully its nothing too serious... I'm still planning on logging 70 days next year too...
Later
GREG
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