Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 106
Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177
The RS 800 share roughly the same shape and sidecut as the XT 800 and is similarly built for on-trail skiing. It's available only as a system, with the Salomon Z12 binding. With just one sheet of metal and a foam core, it's both lighter and less expensive than the comparable XT, retailing for about $100 less. The 800 is a metal-reinforced, foam-core, semi-sandwich construction that combines lively, forgiving cap construction on top with grippy vertical sidewalls below. A layer of basalt fibers is incorporated to dampen vibrations. A touch of tip rocker absorbs terrain shocks for a smoother ride. Fans of the French brand will notice that Salomon significantly consolidates its line for 2013-14, eliminating redundant models (including several BBRs and the narrower Rocker/Rockettes) and focusing on two key freeskiing lines, Rocker2 and the new Quest family. While the Rocker2 skis (widths of 108 to 122 mm) still offer a more newschool, looser, twin-tip type of performance, the Quest series (88 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance. Meanwhile, the hard-snow/carve-oriented Enduro line, a tester favorite for frontside applications, returns with East- and groomer-friendly 80 and 85 mm waists.