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Largely unchanged from last season, we tested the S/Force 7 from Salomon to ask if it still represents good value for a recreational piste skier.

Level
Recreational
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Anyone looking for their first piste ski – one they won’t outgrow too soon
Price
£400
Season
2020/21
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
7
Response
9
Energy
8
Value
10
Edge hold
8
Stability
8
Turn initiation
8
Overall Score
9
+
Outperforms its price tag
Nothing

The S/Force range from Salomon impressed last season and is back for another winter, offering groomer-focussed performance for everyone from beginners right through to experts.

The ski itself is the same as last years, but Salomon have altered the binding on the S/Force 7, to make it a little lighter and more responsive in the toe piece – both welcome improvements with no discernible downsides.

The S/Force 7 is a ski that doesn’t feel totally reliable at high speeds, but given its target market is beginners and recreational skiers, that’s to be expected. Where it does excel is in turn initiation – making short turns a breeze and making it super agile for intermediates and above – as well as in smeared low-speed turns, which adds a great level of forgiveness for less confident skiers.
It doesn’t carve a line like a more advanced ski of course, but will firmly hold an edge in a long, lazy, laid out turn.

The price begins to make the S/Force 7 look attractive to anyone; beginners and occasional skiers will love the confidence inspiring character and won’t need to skip the rental shop too many times to justify the price. But even those who ‘don’t ski the piste’ might look favourably at this ski as an affordable and fun option for days when they can’t hit the backcountry.

Comfortably our budget ski of the year.