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Waist Width: 83
The X-Drive 8.3 is a carving-focused all mountain ski intended to charge through powder and other varied terrain, too. It has an 83 mm waist and 15.2 m radius (at 176 cm). Semi-Sandwich Sidewall construction utilizes ABS plastic, designed for edge grip and an easier, more maneuverable turning experience. Light Density Core is designed to be 10% lighter than other cores from Salomon while still being durable through composite materials. 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. Basalt Layer is heavily dampened, also designed to reduce chatter and other vibrations. For something similar from Salomon, check out one of the other X-Drive models from Frontside All Mountain series. Salomon, based in Annecy, France, was founded in 1947. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah.