All new for 2018 is the XDR Range from Salomon. Replacing the X-Drive series the XDR is totally redesigned and bringing in a lot of technology from the QST series launched last year, which quickly became amongst our top selling all-mountain skis.
We tested the XDR Range in Austria in May 2017 and selected the XDR 80 Ti as a premium frontside carver, and the XDR 78 ST as an affordable ski for intermediates looking to improve their technique on groomed runs.
Salomon’s patented C/FX Superfiber is a reinforcement layer that combines Flax and Carbon Fiber to provide stability and reinforcement with dampening and vibration absorption – and this is a staple across the XDR Range.
When the Salomon R&D team needed to find a new material that would help deliver better ski-to-snow contact and exceptional dampening qualities, all in a lightweight package they looked north to the coastal fields of Normandy.
What they came up with was a unique combination of all-natural Flax and Carbon Fiber to sustainably provide dampening and vibration absorption.
“Our goal is to let skiers have more fun on the mountain. We took our patented C/FX technology to a new level to provide the power that you need for groomed slopes and the dampening needed when skiing in mixed snow.” says Scott Lumsden, Salomon product marketing manager, Alpine Skis & Bindings.
Watch the video below to see how all-natural flax fibers and Salomon’s design expertise combined to produce the new C/FX Superfiber technology that provides a platform that is suitable for skiing both on and off-piste as a true all-mountain ski.