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Salomon X-Max

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Piste ski Salomon X-Max 2016 in the ski test

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 155, 160, 165, 170, 175
Sidecut @165 cm (mm): 120-73-103
Radius (m): 12, 13, 14, 15, 17


Characteristics:

Terrain: 100% piste
Discipline: Comfort piste
Skier level: intermediate - advanced
Stability: medium
Edge grip: medium
Character: relaxed, helpful

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Piste ski Salomon X-Max 2016

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Alex's review: Intermediate+ piste skier

Intermediate+ level piste
skier Alex's rating of this ski:

2 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Alex

"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."


 SkillsLevel 7
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 10
 Length:181 cm
 Weight:77 kg

 


My favourite piste skis:

1. Stöckli Laser SXPiste cross ski Stöckli Laser SX 2017

 

2. Rossignol Hero Elite ST TiPiste ski Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti 2017

 

3. Stöckli Laser SL
Slalom ski Stöckli Laser SL 2017

 

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.

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Comments  

# manuel 2016-02-05 09:52
Very interesting review Alex. I was interested on this skis. I though the X-Max were oriented for expert skier, but I see they are more suitable for piste cruising and intermediated and advanced who want a relaxed and easy time without anything extreme. In what lenght did you tried the skis Alex? I suppose the 175 size is probably the most recommned as I imagine it holds better at higher speeds.
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# Yellow Gentian 2016-02-05 10:36
Hi Manuel,
I had the 170cm length and would personally certainly go for the 175 next time. This ski is not demanding and unforgiving and in that sense not a ski for experts in my opinion.
Kind regards,
Alex
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# manuel 2016-02-05 10:55
Many thanks Alex for your responding so quick!!

I have to recognize they 175 could be appealing to me, as i like quality skis, but at the same quite forgiving ones and not demanding.


Congratulations to yellowgentian for such good reviews you made. Very useful!
Kind regards
Manuel
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