Salomon X-Drive 8.8 Ski Test Results 2016 Review

September 16, 2015
Salomon X-Drive 8.8 Ski Test Results 2016
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
80
Responsiveness
6
Float
6
Versatility
6
Stability
8
Carving
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Loves speed
  • And long radius turns
  • Plows through crud
  • Very good stability

The Bad

  • Not versatile
  • Very little float
  • Has to be driven at all times
  • One dimensional
THE VERDICT

If you like charging big lines at high speeds, this ski will give you the stability and power to do it. It lacks the versatility and playfulness to be used for anything else.

FULL REVIEW

Salomon’s X-Drive 8.8 is perfect for hard charging skiers who like to step on–and stay on–the gas. It has the stability and power to head mach schnell down the steepest lines at any area thanks to Salomon’s X-Chassis (featuring carbon and polyamide diagonal reinforcements), sandwich sidewalls and single Ti laminate. Our bigger, race-style testers loved this ski, with one ranking it his absolute favorite.

Other testers thought it was too one-dimensional, lacking the ability to make short swing turns, feel playful in the bumps or really do anything but go fast. Buy this ski if all you want to do is regularly blast past the speed limit.

 


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MSRP
$850.00
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