The Salomon NFX we tested stands for 'No F*****g Excuses' and lives up to that claim. Targeted towards the advanced skier, it can be hard to handle, but an expert or competitive skier should find its stability hard to beat.
First up, the Salomon NFX is one of the heaviest skis in its category. Whilst the mass affects the swing weight and definitely has an impact on trick initiations, it really comes into its own when holding a landing. The stiff flex makes all but the worst landings straightforward as it doesn't flex out underneath you which helps you get back on top of your ski.
The NFX has a classic camber with a Carve Zone that's designed for more power, energy and grip. The Jib Tech Base, reinforced XL edges with a Total Edge Reinforcement are built to deliver on the durability front, meaning this ski is built to withstand some serious action.
The Pulse Pad Pro - layers of elastomer in the tip, tail and underfoot - has been designed to improve the NFX's shock absorption, but it's tough to sense the rebound. Unless you're a super strong, aggressive skier we think you might struggle to get any sense of playfulness out of the NFX.
The stability of the ski is its real selling point. The tips and tails hold well in the park and whilst that aids its performance on the piste, avoid nipping off into the off-piste; we found it a touch clunky and difficult to manage.
If you are looking to butter up the whole mountain with ease then you may want to look elsewhere, but for super strong, heavy skiers the NFX is definitely worth a look.
If you put yourself in that category then at £350 without bindings the NFX delivers serious value for money. There aren't many competition skis out there with this level of durability so it's definitely a podium-winner on this front.