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Salomon X-Wing Tornado (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $785.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124/75/107
Lengths: 146, 154, 162, 170, 178

Stability at speed: 2.99 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.79 / 5
Crud performance: 3.34 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.56 / 5

With the narrowest waist in the category and a 14.5-meter sidecut, the Tornado blew away the competition in Short Turns. But it’s not just a waist-width story. It’s billed as an all-conditions ski with a bias for hard snow, where its Pulse Pad dampening strips, laid in over the edges, smooth the ride. But Salomon gives it a less stout construction than the X-Wing Fury (Freeride XL), and testers deemed it one of the most forgiving AME skis. “A playful all-mountain ski,” said Rogan.

Best For

Finesse skiers.

Not For

Deep-powder surfing or GS arcs.