Billed as skis targeted towards confident intermediates and advanced skiers, the X Max X 10 from Solomon is built for shorter radius turns and on-piste performance.
Certainly turn initiation is smooth and easy - the rapid response taking the skis into the turn with the smallest flick of edge change and pressure. Edge hold is solid and reliable, ensuring that even a skier with the lightest touch will build confidence on harder packed snow. Strong technical skiers will enjoy the edge to edge response and snappy feel in short slalom style turns on even the smoothest of surfaces.
Whist they are perfectly happy in shorter radius turns, they start to struggle at higher speeds when the turns open up - this is especially noticeable for larger male skiers who start to feel a little unstable. Best to look at the X12 or the X-Race series if something a little more beefy is required.
Despite these limitations, they do the job they are asked to do exceptionally well and if it's short, sharp slalom style turns on piste that you're into then you'll struggle to have more fun on any other ski that spans the wide range of ability levels as this one does.
Excellent buy for confident intermediates looking to push their technical skills on-piste that step further, right up to experts looking for a performance ski without the demands of a full-on race model.