2017 Salomon X-Drive 8.3

Ski Stats

Sidecut 130/83/118
Radius 15.2m @ 176cm
Lengths 162,169,176,183
Weight 3107g @ 176cm (w/ binding)
MSRP $850
Power Score: 7.90
Finese Score: 8.08
If you’re in a quandary over which X-Drive to chose, the 8.3 or 8.0 FS (reviewed above), relax. It’s a simple matter of structure and shape. The 8.3 is wider in the waist, but it’s wider still at tip and tail, so despite having more surface area, it actually scribes a shorter radius arc than the X-Drive 8.0. This doesn’t change its off-trail competence as much as it snugs up its natural turn radius, controlling speed by issuing more arcs.

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