me, 6ft, 165, ski at slower to moderate speeds, at squaw valley, ski groomers only to get to the lift after skiing natural snow, ski lots of squaw type bumps (large, rounded, not short, choppy), steeps, crud, whatever nature serves up w/ an order of wind, sun and precip...
level 8/9 skier (psia scale),
terrain, chute 75 squaw, a couple ice turns up top, wonderful wind deposited fluff in the middle, bigger bumps in the bottom, and some leftover avalanche debris chunks in the center, rain layer ice on the flanks.
ski, 182, 131-101-118 or so, 3.5cm of slight rocker tip
I haven't really been a salomon fan for quite awhile. liked the xscream, then didn't ski a salomon that worked well for me until 2 weeks ago, i took 2 runs on a 175 gun from a few years ago, (mounted 2cm back). I think i went away from salomon mainly because they were mounted too far forward since they became the company of spinsters.
I was skiing my watea 94, w/ EricD and the Solly Rep, Chris, and swithced out to the new shogun w/ the rep for a couple runs,
i wanted to buy it. i am tough on different skis and often take an adjustment period,
but this one felt good after a few turns and only got better.
turn shape was versatile, would ride the arc, or let you shape the turn into longer or shorter skids. was quite happy being pushed to a hard edgeset. had the light lively feel of the watea, but a bit more damp and nice flex in the forebody. held well on the icy flanks, and was quicker the most 101 skis I've skied.
i didn't notice the rocker tip, and it didn't flutter going fast on the way back to the lift on fast groomer access trails.
All in all, a new turn for salomon and I'd like to own one. but not avail until next fall... bummer.
Edited by Holiday - 2/28/2009 at 04:16 am