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Get a kick out of increased glide.

Last time we went out skating we remarked, between wheezes, that we'd forgotten just how tough it can be. Who made the rule that going fast had to be brutal, anyhow? Not the folks at Salomon, who've toed to perfection the thin line between performance and ease with the Equipe 8 Skate, a ski featuring most of the technology of the livelier Equipe 9, but with a slightly toned-down flex pattern, because not every day can be lung-bursting.

The Equipe 8 sports Salomon's G4 base with a race universal grind, which is created using a low-pressure stone grind that's designed to hold wax and increase the speed of your glide in all conditions. Like the Equipe 9, the Equipe 8 features Javelin sidecut and Powered Camber, which provide well-balanced pressure that increases stability and control while making your kicks and glides more efficient. However, unlike its big brother, the Equipe 8 uses Salomon's Densolite 3000 core, which consists of carbon and fiberglass wrapped around a pre-shaped Densolite foam insert. This combination creates a consistent and responsive ride quality, but it does contribute to a 20 gram weight differential between the Equipe 8 and 9—however, the Equipe 8 makes up for this with increased flexibility, providing a much-needed level of forgiveness without cutting into the ski's natural power transfer. The end result is one ski that hits all of the bases for a perfect all-rounder.

  • Densolite 3000 core
  • Powered Camber
  • Javelin sidecut
  • G4 base with race universal grind

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