March 30, 2016 Salomon MTN Lab Review Gear

Salomon MTN Lab Review

Salomon continues its quest to transform itself into a major Backcountry/Freeride force with its new, tech-compatible (more...)...

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August 5, 2014 Salomon X Ultra Mid Gear

Salomon X Ultra Mid

Salomon is well known for cutting-edge trail runners, but can they make a Mid? Yes—and it’s a good one. The X Ultra Mid GTX is rugged, stable, and very light. I admit I absolutely obsess over hiking shoes—and in particular, the mid category. Many of us prefer hiking in the lightest shoe possible, but still (more...)...

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April 11, 2013 Salomon X-Race Gear

Salomon X-Race

Not one ski but several, Salomon’s X-Race varies its sidecut radius by length, allowing skiers to match the ski to their preferred turn shape. So for example if you pick the 155cm length, you’ll be banging out turns on an 11-meter radius ski (!), whereas if you choose a 180cm X-Race, you’ll be cruising on (more...)...

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February 25, 2013 Salomon Rocker 2 108 Gear

Salomon Rocker 2 108

Salomon’s Rocker 2 108 returns for the 2013-2014 season as your go-to “everyday powder ski,” replacing Salmon’s excellent but highly specialized Czar. Compared to the Czar, we get undeniably better versatility in the Rocker 2, though perhaps at the cost of some of the Czar’s deep-snow magic. Both skis employ twin tip designs, adding park (more...)...

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May 25, 2012 Salomon Speedcross 3 Gear

Salomon Speedcross 3

Salomon inarguably makes some of the most popular trail running shoes on the planet, but for my taste their lasts have tended to offer too much rigidity and/or support. Happily, the Speedcross 3 offers a fresh take. Unlike the high-pronation control of Salomon’s XT Wings, the Speedcross is noticeably softer—some might say cushier. Frankly you (more...)...

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February 21, 2012 Salomon Enduro XT 800 Gear

Salomon Enduro XT 800

Salomon’s Enduro XT800 is another one of those carving-oriented All-Mountain skis that finds itself reclassified by today’s standards as strictly a frontside carver. Yes, the ski employs some tricks to improve floatation and soft snow performance, but a 79mm waist may as well be a needle these days, so let’s just call the Enduro XT (more...)...

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April 8, 2011 Salomon Shogun Gear

Salomon Shogun

Salomon’s Shogun moves away (slightly) from the powder specialization of big-brother Czar toward a more classic all-mountain design, modernized with just a touch of rocker. Compared to the Czar, sidecut is deeper and turn radius is tighter. You’ll notice this right away on groomed snow, as the Shogun brings a nice, traditional feel to your (more...)...

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March 31, 2011 Salomon Czar Gear

Salomon Czar

Salomon’s damp-and-quick Czar delivers a powder ride so irresistibly smooth just one run might well turn you into a wandering deep snow nomad for life. So I warn you now: if you don’t want to be forever haunted by memories of effortless best-day-of-your-life untracked snow billowing up around you, you might just want to stick (more...)...

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