Benjamin V.wrote a review of Salomon BBR 8.9 Ski on February 20, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Gnarly. I felt like I could do anything with these. I just ordered the BBR 8.9 with Salomon STH 14 bindings. I demoed these on two different days at Crystal Mnt. WA along with the Volkl Mantras, Line Prophet 98, and BBR 10.0. Skied a mix of groomers, ice, thick "powder," and moguls. Did really well at the end of the day too, powering through the choppy stuff. I kept going back to the BBR 8.9. They were playful and easy to turn. They inspired confidence in my abilities and I felt less fatigued after a long run. The 10.0s are stiffer and a bit fatter but I felt they lost a bit of the playfulness the 8.9 had. It was really between these and the Mantra, which are great skis as well. But in the end I found these to be a lot more fun. Looking forward to getting my own pair!