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DJ K.

DJ K.wrote a review of on February 11, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got done touring with a new pair of these in British Columbia backcountry, and oh my do these things have some major issues. Here is the breakdown.

The Good: Fantastic alpine mode. Skis as good as any alpine binding you'll find within 13 DIN range.

The Bad: Back brake is ultra sensitive and will release while skinning up the mountain, and this gets worse the colder it gets, which brings me to...

The Ugly: At temperatures of 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less, these bindings simply become unusable in touring mode. Not only does the back brake pop out, but the front toe piece mechanism releases consistently. It seems the pieces become frozen in touring mode and just cannot stay locked. I cannot stress enough how dangerous this is if you are far in the backcountry and your bindings simply become unusable as temperatures drop.

I thought (or was hoping) this was just a defect with my bindings in particular, but our touring guide informed me that multiple people have experienced the same issues as me. I simply could not believe a product like this was not QC-ed at low temperatures, or worse, it was tested and Salomon just released it to the mass market knowing about the defects.

Bottom line is that these bindings are NOT legitimate touring bindings. They are great resort alpine bindings that can handle some basic sidecountry, but are a complete liability for backcountry touring. I would implore Salomon to have a disclaimer about this because as I stated, these things pose great danger for those who think they can venture far into the backcountry with these bindings.

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DJ K.

DJ K.wrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Words are not enough to describe the versatility of these skis. They adapt to not just any snow condition, but also any skiing style. From Stowe, to Snowmass, to Alta/Snowbird, I have thrown everything I could at these skis and they handled it like a champ.

Pow, crud, chop, hardpack, moguls, it just didn't matter. They remain stable at any speed, and smooth through any variable conditions. The most amazing thing about them is that you can dial things back and they remain remarkably playful for what is supposed to be a burly directional charger.

The ice sheets on Stowe was probably the only place these skis didn't shine in, yet they did far better than any 105mm+ ski I've ever skied in those conditions. These things just love to carve and will shred anything, from groomers to off-piste, like knife through butter.

I know the term "quiver killer" gets thrown around a lot, but if there was ever a ski that would fit that bill, this is it. Props to Line for really creating what I truly believe is the most versatile ski on the market right now. All I can say is get a pair and let them rip!

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