Rating: 3.21 / 5
Waist Width: 73
Stability at speed: 3.28 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.48 / 5
Crud performance: 2.02 / 5
Flotation: 1.02 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.68 / 5
Overall: 3.21 / 5
The new W-Max brings a woman's touch to Salomon's Piste Performance series. More sen- sitive than the men's version, it's no less capable a carver. It's metal-reinforced, and Salomon adds carbon down the center to give it a little extra longitudinal stiffness. Yet it isn't overly edgy. Testers liked its heft and substance for high speeds but never complained that it was unfriendly. Arc it at speed, or skid it cautiously. Elling: "Solid and stable. Bumps, crud, or groomed, fast or slow-it's comfortable."
NOTES: The W-Max is an all-new women's carving ski, offering a range of short radii (11 - 14 m) for its four available lengths (150, 155, 160, 165 cm). Oversize Active Contact Sidewall construction is angled on each side of the ski, designed for extra race-like edge angles. Light Density Full Woodcore utilizes poplar, designed for stability while also being 15% lighter than Salomon's main Full Woodcore design. Powerline technology dampens the ski, designed to reduce chatter and other vibrations. Carve Rocker lifts the tip up and off the ground, designed for better turn initiation, while the rest of the ski stays flat on the ground. Full Ti Backbone integrates titanium, designed to stabilize the ski and deliver powerful turns. For something similarly carving-focused from Salomon, check out the X-Race, X-Max, and X-Pro SW models.
Salomon, based in Annecy, France, was founded in 1947. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah.