Salomon Crossmax 10 2004
The Salomon Crossmax 10 (and siblings) is now a few seasons old, having been through a few incarnations since its first appearance. You see a plethora of them in lift queues, and they can be easily spotted whilst being skiied down the moutain thanks to a colourful and distinctive design. Categorised under ‘ski cross’ how do the Crossmax 10 perform for the average punter?
Model: CrossMax 10
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 165/14 175/17 180/18 185/19
Sidecut: 106-66-98 (108-65-98 on 165 model)
"For technical, performance-carving skiiers who lover to link prefect carved turns."
With the popularity of Salomon and the sheer number of skis seen on the mountain, it cannot just be a good marketing team and snappy designs which sell. The skis must actually perform right?
Well yes and no. I expected more and these quite simply did not deliver. Sorry for being vague but I can name half a dozen skis which fall under this category which knock the spots of the Crossmax range. Yes they are popular and perform well, and yes they are endorsed by top professionals and seen a lot on the sport channels. But you are not going to buy a ski because its worn by 70% of the racers are you? Well I hope you are not in any case.
Anyway back to business! On the piste they perform well and hold a steady line in mid sized arcs. Their weight means if you are feeling energetic you can have a lot of fun off the side of the piste and even in the bumps. In fact turn initiation is pretty much effortless and you will come to love these skis for that. They are stiff but not too stiff (that makes no sense but it is hard to explain hence the mince with words) and are really about one thing and one thing only. Fun, and lots of it, but to push these any further requires a temperament to match. If you are at the intermediate stage and do not intend, or do not get to ski enough to increase your ability, then these will keep you smiling for years.
Past the colourful graphics, these are just another pair of piste carvers with nothing discernable to distinguish them from anything else. However, if thats what you want then there is no reason to discourage you from purchasing a pair. They certainly look better than anything else out in this area. Final word, go for the 165 model as a slightly wider tip and thinner waist gives it a bit more va va voom in the turns.
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