Salomon X-Wing Tornado (2008)
With the narrowest waist in the category and a 14.5-meter sidecut, the Tornado blew away the competition in Short Turns. But it’s not just a waist-width story. It’s billed as an all-conditions ski with a bias for hard snow, where its Pulse Pad dampening strips, laid in over the edges, smooth the ride. But Salomon gives it a less stout construction than the X-Wing Fury (Freeride XL), and testers deemed it one of the most forgiving AME skis. "A playful all-mountain ski," said Rogan.
Deep-powder surfing or GS arcs.
|Lengths||146, 154, 162, 170, 178|
|Rating: Powder Performance||3.34 / 5|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||2.99 / 5|
|Rating: Long Turns||3.20 / 5|
|Rating: Medium Turns||3.44 / 5|
|Rating: Short Turns||3.68 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.62 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.79 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.34 / 5|
|Rating: Corduroy Performance||3.10 / 5|
|Rating: Moguls Performance||3.20 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.56 / 5|
|Rating: Quickness/Bumps||3.65 / 5|