This is the all mountain ski that Salomon has been looking for in the women's category, and the whole Stance family looks set to make quite an impact on the all mountain market.
The Stance 94 has had everything thrown at it; race-inspired sidecut, a mix karuba poplar wood core, along with carbon flax for dampening and a titanal layer for stability. But it's the fine balance of all these elements that makes for a remarkable ski. It took on any snow type happily and remained super-stable. Nothing seemed to challenge it.
The stiff tip made for a really smooth ride in the off piste, almost to the same standards as the QST freeride models. It's a little harder to carve on piste compared to some others in the all mountain category but this is consistent with where Salomon are pitching the ski. In their estimation the Stance 94 is rated 2/5 for on piste and 3/5 for powder, so a marginal bias to the off piste makes for a very well-rounded all terrain vehicle.
The top sheet is fairly average, but it's a trait of the line - clean cut and simple, which results in a smart if uninspiring looking ski. Probably a reasonable marketing decision for a ski that is likely to have mass appeal.