Skis: Salomon X-Wing Fury + Salomon Z12 TI Bindings
Stats: 163 cm, 128-83-109, R = 14.9m
Skier: 22yr 5'6" @ 125 lbs, 24+ days per season on snow
Test Location: Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Conditions: Wet Spring Snow (32+ F)
Terrain Tested: Park Kickers, Bowls with 6-12 inches crud, Moguls, Black Diamond Chutes with Trees
Background Info: I was looking for a pair of all-mountains that travels fast, but has decent flotation on powder as well. After checking out the reviews from Evogear, Ski-Review, and SkiNET, I was convinced that the 2008 X-Wing Furies are not so bad, so I bought them. Living on the UW Campus and an hour away from the Cascades, I couldn't believe the luck of this skiing season: Snoqualmie Pass is still open... In May! No sooner than my 2008 Furies arrive did I went up for some spring action...
Review: The 2008 X-Wing Furies was significantly heavier than my first pair of skis (Dynastar NTB '08 155cm) but felt surprisingly light and maneuverable during performance. The Furies were forgiving enough to let me get away with more than a few mogul hits, and its wide shovel allowed for a few forays past the roped line and into fresh snow (I wouldn't call it powder at this time of the year ), and was stiff enough to tuck fast through cruddy conditions. My only suggestion for improving the 2008 Fury is perhaps a stiffer shovel to destroy bigger crud, and to go faster, but that's a minor aside from the fact that I absolutely love the feel of my Furies!
I started off in the terrain park flying off kickers and tabletops, then took it for a couple of GS-styled turns in the crud-filled bowls, ventured into the black diamond tree chutes, then ran it through moguls on steep terrain.
Going off the kickers and tabletops (no twin tips, no tricks here), the relatively wide dimensions of the Furies gave me enough confidence to go for greater air and still able to forgive my landings.
Heading down the alpine bowl, I saw 6-10 inches of absolute crud that had the consistency of peanut butter. I started off GS-turning, and my Furies just destroyed one crud pile after another, then I realized how stable these things were underneath my feet, so I tucked it straight down the alpine bowl, demolishing the smaller piles and going airborne on the mounds, I trusted these Furies enough that they allowed me to land the hits tucking, something that would've been extremely difficult on my NTBs. At the bottom lift, my skiing buddy remarked, "Yeah, those are a little on the fast side..."
After making fun of the alpine bowl, I thought these Furies were meant for big mountain only... I will be proven wrong... Time to send it through the trees, black diamond...
Even with my scrawny frame, I was able to snap the Furies through forest corridors with energy to spare. The 14.9 meter radius may have been advantageous here.
The moguls were easy to navigate with the Furies, and even when I went too fast and hopscotched across two mounds, the Furies' fat shovel allowed me to get away with a nice landing.
Overall, I'd recommend the 2008 Fury to anyone looking for a forgiving ski that can turn well, do powder, and go Mach-20 in cruddy terrain on demand.
Alpental is still open May 10-11! This can only mean one thing: these Furies will be tested in many double blacks... Here I come!
A YouTubed review from SkiNET:
Focus 1: I've heard that the 2008 models were quite beefed up when compared to past years', how did this alter the feel and performance of the Furies?
Focus 2: If you've had the chance to try out other all-mountain mid-fats (i.e. AC40, Legend 8000, Apache Stryker, etc.), how does the 2008 Fury compare?
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