Salomon Rocker2 108
Historic Range: $389.97-$422.49
Reviewers Paid: $270.00
Awesome lightweight, extremely versatile, stiff touring ski that you can use all day inbounds.
- Could have slightly more rocker in tip
These are an awesome touring ski for someone that is looking for a ski that can charge inbouds as well as out of bounds. I use this ski about 40% of the time as an inbounds crud crusher, and 60% of the time as a backcountry powder ski.
Extremely stable at speed, stomp landings hard and easily, but extremely versatile.
I used to spend about 90% of my days on the Armada JJ, which has to be one of the most versatile skis on the market...but I wanted something stiffer and longer and fatter.
When Armada came out with the Magic J... that was my ticket. However, the Magic J is sometimes TOO fat for inbounds days when it hasn't snowed in a while. I still use my Magic J's inbounds on days when it has snowed 4+ inches, but otherwise I find myself on the Rocker2 108. It surfs almost as well as the Magic J (which is 20mm fatter)... but its narrower waist and more subtle rocker profile makes it a more versatile ski through crud.
A lot stiffer than the JJ (on par with the Magic J), and the longer length is a welcome addition.
Lastly, the honeycomb tip in these skis makes them feel extremely lightweight. Very fun to spin with. Very easy to tour with.
I was a little surprised with how little pop the tail of the ski can generate. A little more rocker here might have made the ski more playful. Additionally, be wary of over-sharpening the tips on these things, they will get extremely hooky if you do. There is a sweet spot on the ski right in front of the boot where the ski likes to be skied. If you detune the tips you can elongate that sweet spot, but if you oversharpen them you will find the tips to get a little grabby.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $270