2022 Salomon Stance 102

Ski Stats

Sidecut 134/102/121
Radius 23m @ 183cm
Lengths 176,183,190
Weight 2120g @ 183cm
MSRP $900
Power Score: 8.07

Finesse Score: 8.18

To understand a ski’s purpose, one needs to know what void it’s filling in its brand’s big picture, as well as where it fits in the category in which it’s competing. Perhaps the best way to define the role of the Stance 102 in Salomon’s 21/22 collection is to identify what it is not, namely a QST. The Stance series wasn’t intended to go head-to-head with QST in the race for the lightest in-resort ski. The competition it was made to stare down are the wood-and-Titanal powerhouses issuing from the likes of Blizzard, Nordica and Völkl. The niche the Stance 102 aims to occupy is that of a wood (poplar) and metal (Titanal) laminate that’s just a bit less than the market leaders in the genre: a bit less heavy, a bit less torsionally rigid in the forebody and a bit less work to bow. Mission accomplished. Because Salomon has tampered with its torsional stiffness, the Stance 102 doesn’t feel as wide as it measures, so it never feels ponderous. Although its rockered forebody inhibits early turn entry, it’s secure through the belly of the long turns it prefers. The Stance 102 feels quick off the edge in part because it doesn’t cling to a cross-hill arc, its unusually narrow tail dictating a more direct route downhill.

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