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We take the Salomon S/Max W8 ski out for a spin on the pistes to see how it performs. Read our review to find out.

Level
Intermediate
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Playful intermediates wanting fun AND performance.
Price
£460
Season
2020/21
lengths
155, 165
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
9
Energy
9
Value
9
Edge hold
10
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
Excellently versatile
Loses some punch at speed

Equally at home carving gentle turns on a blue run as navigating moguls on a tricky black, the W8 is as versatile as it is pretty.

 

With an all-new construction this year the W8 uses a lightweight poplar wood core tip to tail which offers plenty of playful energy and rebound and Salomon's Edge Amplifier technology for more grip and response.

 

Superb edge hold in high-speed turns opens the S/Max up to advanced intermediates who are confident enough carving at speed where stability is fantastic.

 

You can really ride the W8 hard, but then it's also very smooth and forgiving at both high and low speeds, without losing any of that energy, making it the perfect tool for intermediates and playful advanced skiers.

 

This is a ski that's also super happy in a skidded turn or a gentle carve so it's great for tired legs at the end of the day, plain old lazy skiing or progressing intermediates.

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