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New for 2018/19, the S/Max W Blast from Salomon on test is a high performance piste ski for confident female skiers who like to attack the mountain.

Level
Advanced
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Advanced-expert skiers who like to race and rip
Price
£750
lengths
155,160,165,170
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
8
Energy
8
Value
8
Edge hold
9
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
Fast, fun race style performance
High price tag may prove prohibitive

If you've found yourself in any way disappointed by the slightly 'soft' performance of Salomon's women's piste skis in recent years then look lively because the S/Max W Blast is about to stir things up!

Designed to deliver uncompromising performance on the piste, the S/Max W Blast is a real resort ripper. With minimal tip rocker, race camber, full sidewall construction and Salomon's Edge Amplifier, the S/Max W Blast is packed full of performance-related tech to enhance precision and power around the mountain.

The S/Max W Blast knows how to get into a turn and to hold it there, offering reassuring and real energy throughout. The Double Titanal Laminate provides stability when travelling at high speeds and with zero underfoot chatter, you can really rely on the S/Max W Blast and relax into the ride.

With its 17m turning radius, the S/Max W Blast wants to carve yet is still versatile enough to respond in steeper, icier sections when shorter, fast feet-style turns may be required.

At £750 including bindings, the S/Max W Blast may be eye-wateringly expensive, but it really is a bloody good ski. It excels on fast red/black runs where you can open up and let it rip.

Predictable, easy to control and super grippy, the S/Max W Blast makes travelling at high speeds a real 'blast' (ahem) and an ideal choice for hard-charging female skiers or those with aggressive aspirations.