Intermediate+ level piste
skier Alex's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"On piste I like the shorter slalom turns better than the longer turns, it feels more dynamic. As I usually ski all day long, I like my skis to be a challenge but not too stiff, so I can carve and cruise at the same time."
My favourite piste skis:
1. Stöckli Laser SX
2. Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti
3. Stöckli Laser SL
To all my reviews
For relaxed piste skiing
The Salomon X-Max must be the king of sliding turns. With the rounded tail, you can switch from riding edges on the X-Max to sliding your turn at any desired moment. And in my case also undesired moments. How that works? At the end of your turn when a race ski gives extra grip and kick, the X-Max won't. That is for a lot of skiers very comfortable, but to me limits the carving possibilities too soon. The Salomon X-Max is easy to ski and quite forgiving which makes that intermediates can take this ski and have a lot of fun with it. It doesn't punish, it doesn't give enormous rebound and acceleration, but the X-Max helps you on piste every day to have a relaxed time. It won't hold edges at higher speed, but at lower speed it is fine when the snow is softer. Radius is differentiated by length of the ski. For a shorter slalom size turns take the 160 cm with a 13 meter radius and the radius goes up to 17 meter at 175 cm length. This radius - length idea was earlier succesfully applied at the Salomon X-Race serie.
Lightweight and sliding turns
The way Salomon constructed the X-Max makes it a lightweight ski. Everything unnecessary is taken out. And that also gives the X-Max the comfort mark. The skiing performance is absolutely fine in terms of a balanced ski and doing what it is made for. The X-Max is easy switchable from edge to edge. The ski is stiff enough to hold when you put medium power in and the bit rocker in the tip makes the start of your turn easy. Advanced skiers who don't ski aggressively and want to stick with the family on piste for example, will have a good ski in the Salomon X-Max. Just go easy and enjoy the day. Personally I like more bite and wider limits in a piste ski, for me a 2 star ski.
Salomon about the X-Max
"The true multi radius ski for long endurance performance. CONSTRUCTION & CORE: Oversize Active Contact Sidewalls, Full Woodcore, POWERLINE Carbon. ROCKER: Carve Rocker. REINFORCEMENT: Full Ti Backbone. TOPSHEET: Spheric. Weight per ski: 1967g @170 w/o binding | 3015g @170 w/ binding", says Salomon.