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Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS

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All-mountain ski test Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS 2017


Length (cm): 161, 168, 175, 182
Sidecut @175cm (mm): 125.2-80-110
Radius (m): 13.8, 14.8, 15.9, 16.8


Terrain: 80% piste - 20% off-piste
Discipline: frontside all-mountain
Skier level: Intermediate - advanced+
Stability: excellent
Edge grip: very good
Edge switch: smooth

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All-mountain ski Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS 2017

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Alex's review: Advanced all-mountain skier

Advanced level all-mountain
skier Alex's rating of this ski:

4 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Alex

"I like rocker for easy turning and float off-piste. Tip vibration doesn't bother me at all. Of course versatility is a condition for a quality all-mountain ski. It depends on snow conditions whether I prefer frontside skis."

 SkillsLevel 8
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 10
 Length:181 cm
 Weight:77 kg


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High performance frontside all-mountain ski

The Salomon X-Drive 8.0 is an easy to ski and helpful all-mountain ski. Intermediate till advanced+ skiers who are not interested to go in the extremes have a good comfortable ski in the X-Drive 8.0 FS. It handles all conditions on piste fairly well. X-Drive is maneuverable and at the same time steady enough for carving nice turns on groomers. Performance in fresh layers of powder or chopped-up terrain on piste make the X-Drive an all-mountain ski.

Skiing is easy

X-Drive 8.0 is a smooth ski. It skis just as easy long and short turns. Sliding or with grip, no problem either way and adjusting carves. More power gives a sharper carve. Logical and how it should be for an all-mountain frontside ski like this. Good dampening too, it deals with bumps with comfort that way. From the first run of the day on nicely groomed pistes till the last run to the resort it supplies high performance. And it is up to the skier how much you want to push it. Its versatility makes it suitable for intermediate skiers too.

Salomon about the X-Drive 8.0 FS

"The most versatile all-mountain ski. Take all-mountain to a new level with on-piste performance and maximum maneuverability. Power and precision: Reinforced Carbon Composite X-shaped frame improves power and precison for maximum edge grip. Terrain absorption: All-terrain Rocker provides optimum balance of floatation, terrain absorption, and stability for all snow conditions and types of terrain. Stability: Dampening material integrated into the rocker shape reduces vibration at the tip for improved stability.", says Salomon. X-Drive 8.0 FS is the successor of the Enduro XT 800 and at least just as good. As a recreational skier I felt the versatility and easiness in the new X-Drive. This all-mountain ski will please a large range of active skiers.

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