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This Saloman range, SMAX, (smacks) of success and are award winning year after year. This winter we went to Italy to test out if Salomon really had designed these to the Max.

Terrain
Piste
Best for
A once a year skier can both blend in and stand out using these skis. Their Snow White camouflage masks their classiness
Price
£380
Season
2019/20
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
7
Energy
8
Value
8
Edge hold
8
Stability
8
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
8
+
The flexibility and forgiving construction combines all the ingredients to make skiing easier and enjoyable from the very first moment on the slopes.
Once the skis have done their job and you've learned your way around the slopes, you might outgrow the W6 pretty quick.

The W6 is a lot more forgiving than its racier sisters the W8 and W10, and is the most accessible model of the Salomon S/Max on-piste ski range. The W6 is the ideal partner for your first descents, great for learning basic movements on the green pistes and for creeping on to the blues. It can also be a good option if you are a casual intermediate skier looking for safe equipment to enjoy the resort comfortably with your family.

The W6s have a confidence-inspiring feel that comes from how flexible the ski is and also how stable it feels. We found the ski incredibly easy to flex which meant it was more manageable when initiating turns. Plus, although the skis were flexible and light to turn, we also found they had a stiff enough edge to maintain control when needed.

Salomon recently did a survey which found that only 10% of beginner skiers were finishing their turns, which prompted Salomon's research department to focus on building technology into their beginner skis that would improve grip and hold throughout the turn.

Thus, Edge Amplifier technology was introduced to help stop bad habits forming from day one. This tech allows power to be put directly to the edges of the ski, resulting in better grip and therefore skiers finishing their turns properly.

The ski also has a progressive rockered tip that slightly shifts the ski's contact point with the snow back a little making turns smoother than ever, and the tail is slightly raised to increase forgiveness and control. Plus, the main body of the ski combines wood, fibreglass and a thin layer of titanium which acts to not only to stabilise the ski but also to be flexible yet strong enough to accompany you through your progression and evolution in skiing.

The S/Max W6 construction has been developed to offer you the smoothest and safest introduction to skiing possible. You would spend just as much money on hiring skis in a ski resort for 3 weeks, so why not purchase your own pair that you can become accustomed to and progress with?