Advanced+ level all-mountain skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
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"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."
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.
Stability 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.