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Salomon X-Drive 8.0 (2016)

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Price: $
Year: 2016
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Gender: Female
Waist Width: 80
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126-80-109
Lengths: 156,163,170,177

The all-new X-Drive 8.0 is an all mountain carving ski designed for on-piste fun. It has an 80 mm waist and 13.6 m radius (at 170 cm) intended for short and snappy turns no matter what terrain it’s on. Semi-Sandwich Sidewall construction utilizes ABS plastic, designed for edge grip and an easier, more maneuverable turning experience. All Terrain Rocker 2.0 lifts the tail up and off the ground, designed to absorb varied conditions and maneuver better, while the tail is slightly lifted as well, designed to absorb chatter and other vibrations. X-Chassis utilizes carbon and polyamide layers, designed for edge grip and stability. RKS uses 3D composite fiber, designed to stabilize rockered zones. Ti Laminate utilizes a layer of titanium, designed for stability and powerful turns. For something similar from Salomon, check out one of the other X-Drive models from the Frontside All Mountain series. And for something extra similar but a bit stiffer, check out X-Drive 8.0’s brother, the X-Drive 8.0 Ti, which features two layers of titanium instead of one. Salomon, based in Annecy, France, was founded in 1947. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah.