Salomon – X-Drive 8.0Ti

There are a whole bunch of all-mountain skis which are essentially piste skis made a bit fatter. Then there are some which have come down from freeriders, and then there are some which always started out with a bit of rocker, a forgiving nose flex, plenty of pop in the tail and decent on-piste edge grip. And that’s where we find the Salomon X-Drive 8.0 Ti – at the sweet spot where piste and freeride collide (with the Venn diagram rolled significantly to piste in this version). We’d go so far as to say it’s one of the most useable and viable skis around for anyone looking to make their first investment in a ski; you’ll get your money back in four weeks against the cost of hiring something this good. Widely available, easily capable of taking an intermediate skier up to advanced level and all over the resort, and popular enough to sell on again if you feel the need to go fatter, thinner, higher or faster. Mind you, a decent skier on these can dust any lesser rider whatever they’re on.

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