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The new XDR range from Salomon introduces their all mountain skis for 2018 to suit all abilities - here we test the 84Ti, built for intermediate to advanced level skiers looking to take on the whole mountain.

salomon xdr 84 ti
Level
Expert
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Fun all over the mountain for advanced skiers - instructors would get a lot out of them too
Price
£600
Season
2017/18
lengths
165,172,179,186
Bindings?
Yes
Float
8
Playfulness
10
Value
9
Edge hold
10
Stability
9
Turn initiation
10
Overall Score
10
+
Powerful ride and ease of turning
Smart looking, if not a little dull

Salomon are without doubt a true innovator of ski technology - think the rear entry boot, the capped sidewall and of course the BBR ski, to name but a few. The impact of these innovations on the ski world is impressive, but perhaps the BBR went too far? This seasons XDR range is Salomon's answer to all mountain, go anywhere skis that combine the BBR and X-Drive philosophies. The XDR 84 Ti looks, on first glance, to be rather less innovative than anything Salomon have produced in years but the reality is, they are an absolute belter of a ski.

After the visual impact of the BBR, the new XDR's are inconspicuous in the very least - we can almost say they look a little dull. But once you get under the bonnet the looks pale into insignificance.

The ease of turn initiation means a complete beginner would feel perfectly comfortable using the XDR 84 from the off. But start cranking through the turns and you get a real sense of power, with a razor sharp edge hold and a poppy, playful re-bound into the next carve.

At 84mm under foot they don't quite sit in the freeride category, but they're still wide enough to handle most powder snow scenarios, especially those unexpected moments when you feel the need to dive off the side of the piste into the soft stuff.

Solid, powerful, responsive and versatile, we can't think of much more you'd need in an all mountain ski. When you dial up the pace they can perhaps be a little hard to handle for anyone unable to take the ride, but then some of the other models in the new XDR range would be suitable alternatives.

Overall a seriously impressive ski and at £560 with bindings they add an extra value for money dimension that you wouldn't expect with skis packed full of the kind of tech features that these have.

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