Advanced level all-mountain skier Alex's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 2996
"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."
The 8.3 in the Salomon X-Drive series is in every aspect the middle one. On piste fine in all conditions. Enough power and speed in these skis for an advanced skier. Nothing extreme and therefor a great ski for a lot of recreational skiers. Nice carving in the edges and maneuverable enough for slushy snow. Secure choice for a week around the resort without doing deep powder runs.
Lightweight and stable enough
Easy to carry is a bonus. This X-Drive is lightweighted and its surface is not as slippery as the X-Drive 88. Performance is more important but still. The 8.3 has a good rebound and stays stable up to reasonable speed. Off-piste is certainly doable, but has its limits when the snow gets deeper. Not my thing with these skis. It is the performance from on groomers from the first till the last lift of the day that gives it my 3 star rating. Comfort with quality, it carves nice with easy sweet switches. Personally I prefer something heavier in anyway.
Salomon about the X-Drive 8.3
"Explore the mountain with this nimble and versatile all mountain ski.", according to Salomon. A week without extremes in snow conditions or own performance? Good choice.