Rating: 2.81 / 5
Waist Width: 73
Stability at speed: 3.58 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.36 / 5
Crud performance: 2.98 / 5
Flotation: 1.58 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.42 / 5
Overall: 2.81 / 5
Don't want to fight? The X- Max is a tenacious little arc machine with tons of sidecut, yet it's never the slightest bit overbearing. Testers invariably describe it as light, playful, and above all quick-far less difficult to manage than many of the heavier, damper skis in the category; a confidence booster and skill builder. Having fun at high speeds should always be this easy. Elling: "Way to go, Salomon: This thing rips. Light, crisp, powerful at the same time. Awesome."
NOTES: The all-new X-Max is a carving-focused on-piste ski from Salomon, offering wide range of radii between 12 - 17 m alongside the 155, 160, 165, 170, and 175 cm lengths available. Full Woodcore is built to give the ski stability and reduce chatter. Powerline technology dampens the ski, designed to reduce further 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. Oversize Active Contact Sidewall construction is angled on each side of the ski, designed for extra race-like edge angles. Full Ti Backbone integrates titanium, designed to stabilize the ski. For something similarly carving-focused from Salomon, check out the X-Race, X-Pro SW, and the women's W-Max.
Salomon, based in Annecy, France, was founded in 1947. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah.