Advanced all-mountain skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"All-mountain skis will be my choice when conditions vary from firm to 6" of fresh snow. Better edge hold and carving capabilities should be expected compared to my powder skis. They should be competent in crud and soft bumps."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite all-mountain skis:
1. Renoun Endurance 98
2. Liberty Variant 113
2. Rossignol Experience 88 HD
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Go long...but it's worth it.
Conditions at Vail were firm, but I did find some consistent groomed snow for carving, some ice, and firm ungroomed areas to check the edges, and stability. Bumps were very firm with skied off backs. The Salomon XDR is new for the 2017-18 season, and comes in 3 widths. I tested the widest offering at 88mm underfoot. This ski uses a similar laminate to the QST 118 that I reviewed last year in a 185 length (and should have skied in the 192cm length). I normally would ski a 88mm underfoot ski in approximate 180 length, but the 186 length felt correct for this ski. Summary: error towards longer length for both the QST and the XDR skis, based on your profile.
This Salomon XDR 88 Ti makes beautiful carve turns at all radius, on groomers with consistent snow, and this ski is fast! It had a fresh tune, and loved high edge angles, with great edge hold, but was reluctant to release its edge if you weight the tail of the ski. I believe this could easily be corrected with slight detuning of the tail, or moving the binding behind the recommended mount point, probably 1cm or less. You may want to consider Salomon's new color coordinated, and light weight demo binding, that allows you to adjust the mount position on the ski. Turn initiation is excellent. In ungroomed, cutup, firm snow, the 88 was very stable.
I did take this 186cm XDR into very firm bumps. It's damping is very good, for a ski this light in weight. Torsional stability is excellent. With this tune, I would rate the sweet spot as medium, with a preferred forward to centered stance. For this length ski, and these conditions, its performance was quite impressive.
Well........if you do use this width ski on pow days, the longer length, and medium flex, will both contribute to float, and it's stability and damping will also be a bonus.
- Tested Length: 186cm
- Edges: 1 degree bottom/ 2 degree side recommended edge angles
- Carbon-flax laminate with titanal layer under middle third of ski
- ski sold flat or with integrated binding (which I believe is the light weight demo binding mentioned above, and I would recommend for this ski)