Salomon Rocker2 122
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Salomon's Rocker2 Series has produced some of the most popular powder skis of the last five years, and it doesn't show any signs of letting up. Indeed, this year's Rocker2 122, the fattest in the lineup, thankfully comes back entirely unchanged apart from some shiny new graphics. It's still a pow-guzzling fatty with a 122mm waist, rockered tip and tail, and hook-free five-dimensional sidecut to help you float through the deep like feather on the wind and smear, surf, and slide your turns like you're allergic to carving. The beauty of the Rocker2, though, is its Carve Zone, a section of traditional camber and relatively aggressive sidecut underfoot, so you can rally some groomers back to the base without feeling like a deer on ice and still have that loose, playful feeling in deep snow. Sure it's big, but the Rocker2's super nimble for a ski that's almost as wide as your Great-Aunt Gertrude. The full wood core is light and energetic, with honeycomb tips and tails to reduce swing weight and vibration and boost agility, and the edgy monocoque cap construction keeps the ski light and flexible without sacrificing durability. Salomon made sure the extra-wide reinforced edges ended several centimeters short of the tips and tails for a less hooky feel, and laid up some vibration-dampening rubber Pulse Pads over the core for a smooth, silky ride that'll have you hooting and hollering your way down the hill.