The fun-loving Enduro XT800 sits squarely in the all-mountain faction
of the Trencher group. Even with its svelte waistline, it’s more of a 60 percent on-piste, 40 off kind of ski. On groomed snow, it thrives on and holds securely through long, speedy arcs. But it also loves pivoting through steep tree lines. “Whoa! Blown away,” said one tester. “Super nimble yet stout on its edge.” Another great all-mountain ski for the East or a low-tide quiver ski for the West.
The value priced RS 800 shares exactly the same shape as the RS 800 Ti. But it comes with Z10 binding (10 DIN maximum) and retails for about $100 less. It's a metal-reinforced (one sheet), foam-core, semi-sandwich construction that combines lively, forgiving cap construction on top with grippy vertical sidewalls below. A layer of basalt fibers is incorporated to dampen vibrations. A touch of tip rocker absorbs terrain shocks for a smoother, more stable ride. 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.