A brand as big as Salomon can never rest on it’s laurels. Just when you think it’s impossible to innovate after the rocker phenomenon, Salomon pull a few things out of their sleeves.
The Salomon BBR is the one we are most excited about.
We featured the BBR briefly back in December but details were scant outside of a product poster and a few candid shots after Salomon rolled into Salt Lake City with a truckload.
However, when we caught up with Salomon recently, not only did Eric Davies of Salomon GB kindly give us a great video overview of the ski, but he also gave us the coup of arranging for the ski’s designer, Bertrand Krafft, to share his story on how and why the ski came to life. Both videos can be seen below.
Briefly, the BBR is a radically shaped ski that shares more than a passing similarity with a surf board and that’s very much intentional and relevant. Available in a top end wood core sandwich construction called the 8.9 or with wood core monocoque construction and called the 7.9, both versions have different vital statistics. A super wide shovel of 147mm or 140mm for the 8.9 and 7.9 respectively at their widest points tapers to a choice of a 79mm or 89mm in the middle, but instead of ballooning back out to the 130mm you’d expect, the tail remains pinned at 110mm or 102mm. The geometry in the shape gives you great float with a turning radius of between 11.2 and 13.5 depending on model and length. Add the rocker tip profile, regular camber underfoot and some decent torsional stiffness and you have something interesting.
Over to Eric from Salomon:
Designer Bertrand Krafft was also responsible for the original and ubiquitous Salomon X-Scream and where the X-Scream had an “X” at it’s core in terms of shape, the BBR undoubtedly has a “V”. In the video below Bertrand tells us how the BBR was born:
Most skiers who first clock the BBR will undoubtedly be sceptical…”if this shape works then why hasn’t anybody done it before?”. Well, with Salomon backing it, and unlikely to put a ski like this on the market if it did not perform, the BBR has the potential to become another cult ski. As for how it rides, early reports suggest this one might just live up to how it’s billed.
Almost without exception, all other skis widely available on the market today hold few surprises when actually tested, but with the BBR, none of us have any idea what that first turn will be like, and that makes it an exciting prospect which we cannot wait to ski on.
The BBR is available already in very limited quantities in the UK. If you are reading this with a smug smile on your face because you’ve already clicked into a pair, let us know below!