The X-Max range from Salomon includes models for all levels of skier from beginner to expert - we couldn't resist jumping on-board the X12, the top of the range, turbo charged version with go-faster stripes that would turn the head of the most hard-core boy racers.
Unless you have the ability level to control a ski at high speeds safely and sensibly, then don't even bother to take these on a test drive. Our team of instructors really enjoyed them but the feedback was they require maximum input to get maximum output.
They certainly live up to their name - for strong skiers, ex racers, instructors or perhaps a heavier skier that can handle speed and needs some stability, then they perform fantastically well on-piste, carving long and short radius turns smoothly with an edge grip that feels unbeatable, possibly unmatchable in this category.
The various lengths provide a different turn radius, with the shorter skis favouring a shorter, slalom style of turn and the longer models, inclined towards a GS feel. The 73mm waist remains the same throughout and a mild tip rocker provides that extra ease into the turn - an almost obligatory feature for this style of ski now, but highly effective here all the same.
If you want to try the range out but not sure about the level to suit you then the X10 version might be a good starting point, or if you're not yet fully carving turns and looking to improve then X8 could work for you - the X6 great if you're progressing and looking to purchase your first ski.