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All-Mountain Skis

Salomon XWing Fury All-Mountain Skis

I’ve read a few reviews on last year’s Salomon Fury All-Mountain skis and I think there should be some correction. Although I agree with the reviews that the ski lacks versatility and is tough in rounding out the turns, I still feel that the ski is very well suited for general all-mountain skiing. I had used the Fury and the Tornado over the course of a full season last year while I was out in Livigno, Italy and there is an obvious difference in side cut between the two which translates into a tighter turning radius for the Tornado. In fact, the Tornado on piste was heavenly: nice short turns and a breeze to maneuver on any level piste and in the bumps as well.  With the Fury’s 16.6 radius, I was considering getting a longer ski (for powder and off piste), but what I did was go with a slightly smaller ski to keep the handling on piste within range. Since I was doing a lot of work both on and off, I honestly needed a ski that could do, well, everything. It was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did the ski float in powder and cut through crud, but the edges on the Fury are razor-sharp and over some nasty ice patches the ski danced like Jeremy Abbott. True, you have to convince the ski to initiate and round-out the turns, but I think its great for the legs: there’s no harm in putting a little work into your skiing right? Besides, it’ll get you ready for cycling season….

The Full woodcore makes for great absorption and there is literally no flap. I’d give it a higher recommendation than some of the other reviews out there. Especially when you’re looking to ski directly off-piste from the run (at the same speed) it is the ski to have. I’m curious to see what Salomon has come up with this year in its Fury line. Seems the radius is a little shorter to allow for cleaner short turns with little skidding. But I have yet to get a pair of the new skis: I’ll keep mine until I’ve worn the edges down to the core.

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