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Salomon X-Drive 8.0 Ti

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Salomon X-Drive 8.0 Ti 2017 ski test


Length (cm): 156, 163, 170, 177
Sidecut @170cm (mm): 126-80-109
Radius (m): 12.3, 12.9, 13.6, 14.4


Terrain: 80% piste - 20% off-piste
Discipline: frontside all-mountain
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability: good
Edge grip: very good
Edge switch: quick

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All-mountain ski Salomon X-Drive 8.0 Ti 2017

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Heyman's review: Advanced+ all-mountain skier

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

5 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Heyman

"A good frontside all-mountain ski is an agressive carver to lay trenches on the groomers and should also be able to handle bumps, skied of pistes and up to 10cm of fresh snow. A combination of a sportive character and comfort."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 12
 Length:178 cm
 Weight:85 kg


My favourite frontside
all-mountain skis:

1. Stöckli Laser AX
Ski Stöckli Laser AX 2016


2. Elan Amphibio 16 Ti2
Ski Elan Amphibio 16 Ti2 2016


3. Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS
Ski Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS 2016


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Fast frontside all-mountain ski

The Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti is a very stiff and stable all-mountain ski. Switching from edge to edge is quick considering the width of 79mm underfoot. The little rocker at the front makes turning easy and compensates the stiffness a little in bumpy terrain. All in all the X-Drive 80 Ti is an all-mountain charger that urges you to go faster and faster while holding perfect edge grip in wide and sharp turns. Advanced and expert skiers who want a ski that is as good on the groomers as any piste ski and that keeps performing when the circumstances get harder, will love this ski.

Frontside all-mountain or piste ski?

Salomon calls the X-Drive series "all-mountain frontside" skis. That means that the X-Drive 80 Ti is not meant to go off-piste. It is a piste ski, only a little wider than your ususal piste ski so it will deal with poor circumstances, whereas a real piste ski needs perfect groomers. So the term "all-mountain" is a confusing one here and should be understood more or less as "all circumstances on-piste".

Salomon about the X-Drive 80 Ti

"All-mountain ski. Your skiing experience, enhanced. All-mountain Ti supercharged for more stability, control and response.

Power and Precision
Reinforced Carbon Composite X-shaped frame improves power and edge grip for maximum precision.

Terrain absorption
All-Terrain Rocker provides the optimum balance of floatation, terrain absorption, and stability for all snow conditions and types of terrain.

Dampening material integrated into the rocker shape reduces vibrations at the tip for improved stability."
, says Salomon. And this ski has indeed lots of stability, control and responsiveness.

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# Marty 2016-03-19 16:52
Hi. I'm interested in both the Solomon X-Drive 8.0 Ti and 8.0 FS.

I'm an intermediate skier that sticks to groomers and working to advance my carving skills.
I'm currently skiing on the Blizzard Magnum 7.4 and have been for 5-6 years. On 163 length.
I'm 5'9" and weigh 168 lbs.

What is the main difference between these 2 Solomon skis?
Pros and cons for each?
Suggested length for each ski?
Suggested ski model?

# Yellow Gentian 2016-03-21 14:45

The X-Drive 8.0 FS is like a bulldozer, a strong ski that smashes through anything it comes across and that needs an equally strong skier. Whereas the X-Drive 8.0 Ti is more refined, stiffer and more technically challenging. In your case I would definitely choose the 8.0 Ti.

Lengthwise, the 175cm 8.0 FS model would be ideal for you. Considering your body length and weight, the 8.0 FS 177cm model would fit perfectly to an advanced or expert skier. You being an intermediate skier would be better off with the 170cm model. But remember that if you want to improve your ski technique, you should always go for the ski that is just above your current level.

# Yellow Gentian 2016-03-21 14:53
Sorry about the confusion there. The second ski should have been the 8.0 Ti.
What I meant was, if you would choose the 8.0 FS, the 175cm model would be perfect.
If you would choose the 8.0 Ti (which I recommend) advanced and experts will choose the 177cm, intermediates the 170cm. But if you are really ambitious about taking you technical skills to the next level, you should go for the 8.0 Ti 175cm model.
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