Salomon BBR 9.0 (2014)
The BBR 9.0 - with it's broad tip and pin tail, or V Shape - is aimed at all-mountain skiers who want a one-ski quiver. The rockered tip gives it soft-snow versatility, and the narrow slight-twin tail releases readily for quickness and maneuverability. It's a full wood-core laminate construction with partial metal reinforcement. The edges are reinforced with fiber laminates for dampening and durability. Fans of the French brand will notice that Salomon significantly consolidates its line for 2013-14, eliminating redundant models (including several BBRs and the narrower Rocker/Rockettes) and focusing on two key freeskiing lines, Rocker2 and the new Quest family. While the Rocker2 skis (widths of 108 to 122 mm) still offer a more newschool, looser, twin-tip type of performance, the Quest series (88 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance. Meanwhile, the hard-snow/carve-oriented Enduro line, a tester favorite for frontside applications, returns with East- and groomer-friendly 80 and 85 mm waists.