Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 2.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 3.07 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.30 / 5
Pro Once again, Salomon has crafted a nimble, short-turn specialist that overcaffeinated, fast-twitch carve junkies will adore. And once again, it comes in an accessible package that won’t confound the balance-challenged. The Equipe employs the same single-wall cap construction Salomon uses in the Tornado, with similarly dynamic results. The Equipe’s rebound is thrilling, and it squirts out short- and medium-radius turns in bunches, yet isn’t one of those touchy slalom thoroughbreds that constantly wars with its rider—perhaps because of the dampening layer of viscoelastic material above the edges. “Its best feature is its energy and rebound, which whisks you onto the next edge in a heartbeat,” said Hogen. Con Squirrely when straight-running, especially at speed.