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Salomon Skis x-mountain edition one

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Anybody know anything about these skis? My wife picked a pair up for me at the Vail garage sale. They're yellow & orange, about 185 cm. From the serial number J641, I reckon they're 1996 vintage. They have Salomon 850S bindings. Thanks
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Anybody know anything about these skis? My wife picked a pair up for me at the Vail garage sale. They're yellow & orange, about 185 cm. From the serial number J641, I reckon they're 1996 vintage. They have Salomon 850S bindings. Thanks

I've still got a pair of those around here somewhere. Mine are about 197cm (size "XL"). They have the flat aluminum Power Link arms. They were my powder guns back in the day - the day being 1996. My previous powder boards were Superforce 9's, which were quite a bit narrower.
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They were Salomon's answer to the Volkl Snow Ranger, a wider powder platform but pre shape. I forget what the waist is, but not fat compared to today's pow board. I spent a real nice powder day at Alta on the power seven (large?) length, I think that's what you have. I found them to be superquick and a real do anything ski in powder - kind of a hero ski, like the Ranger but more nimble.
In the end I thought they were a bit boring, however, without much snap in the foam core. I preferred my Sollie super force nines, with the wood cores, inspite of their lack of float. Who knew from float in those days? Fatties were cheaters for old men. (I see the wisdom now...)


Later, Sollie made the Supermountain, their first fattie with some shape. Now that was a ski, even with the foam core...

What to do with them? Probably nail them to the barn...
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They were my wife's first powder skis. Good in the day, but not so good now.
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I loved those skis! They were just a tad on the stiff side but had a sweet even flex. One of the first "all-mountain" skis. In their day they were a fantastic powder ski. I eventually mounted them for AT and used them in all kinds of funky conditions. I consider them a real classic and one of the better skis Soli has ever made. Their biggest fault was the ugly color scheme, which was changed to black and grey the next year, but I believe the ski was exactly the same construction.
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someone mentioned the super force 9s...i had a pair of prolink super force 9 3S that i got in winter of 96/97 (i think that's when it was) and damn, i loved those things. i actually went back out on those 2 years ago for a day...a little different now
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Thanks for all the history. Last time I send my wife to get skis for me.
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