Salomon XW Enduro 2011 Ski Review

One of the nice surprises of our on snow test. Salomon’s new Enduro delivers muscle with manners.

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Ski Statistics - Length (cm) / Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

163 / - / 14
170 / - / 15.6
177 / 127-84-111 / 17.4
184 / - / 19.3

Manufacturer's Description

A true high-performance all mountain ski, the Enduro combines unrivaled stability and control from powerline with all mountain rocker for more terrain.

Ski Review's Verdict:

Two sheets of Titanium alloy and a wood core are usually reserved for RACE only skis. But, add a rockered camber and the light feel of the Enduro, and you have a “ski hard all day feel” that skilled skiers will love.

Turn initiation is solid and precise while the rocker allows variable degrees of “steer” and “carve”. Control is inspiring and the Enduro is right at home in less than perfect conditions that are so often the norm as the afternoon snow turns to junk. The vertical sidewalls provide stellar edge grip and carving feels precise, responding to subtle input from the skier. There is enough energy from the ski to accelerate from any shape turn without fear of reprisal or too much kick like so many “race only” skis that don’t offer the “ski me anywhere” feel of the Enduro.

Salomon has a new success story and we bet the new Enduro will “endure” and find its way into many skiers hearts.

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Reader Ski Reviews of the Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Written by peter haley on 02/22

The best ski Salomon has ever made, IMO.  Amazing carving, extremely well-behaved tips in tough crud.  Nimble, and just soft enough to be OK in powder.  But alas, the 177cm model is a skoche too stiff for me at 155 lbs.  I need a little more relaxing ski.

Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Written by Dan Morgan on 02/22

Check out page 3 of our Salomon 2012 preview - six Enduro’s to choose from.

Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Written by Peter Haley on 05/31

Skier Height: Skier Weight: Skier Ability: 50 years Ski length Tested: 177

Ski Review: Previously in the Epic Forums I have posted several enthusiams for the 2011 Salomon Enduros, even though I, like many others, found the ski to be too stiff.  Then I was especially excited to discover at Sturtevant’s Demo Day that Solly had softened them for 2012.  Hooray! Since my last posts, I managed to wheedle a pair from my local Salomon rep (albeit at full price) five months before they will officially become available.  And what a deal!  We expect to have spring skiing into June. After a few days on them here are some more discoveries: Yep, they’re the smoothest, dampest, snakiest, carving-est, quickest-to-initiate all-mountain ski this 155-pounder has ever been on.  But they have their downsides, of course. During the first full day on the 2012 ski, it seemed that they only wanted to do slalom turns, even at higher speeds on groomers.  Whether throwing the turns rapidly, or starting gently then deepening them, the turns always initiated gracefully and felt very smooth, but they were always tight turns.  It was on my second day that I learned to stay off the tip and make good, powerful GS turns.  Come to think of it, my boot position was also farther back on the skis on the second day.  At any rate, they now feel fine in big arcs, but they’re really slalom skis at heart. And carving skis at heart.  Even this softer 2012 model doesn’t like to skid much.  I like this trait, but they demand more precision than my Monster 82’s.  And of course, they have terrific edge grip.  We had some dreadful ice last Sunday, and their edge grip seems equal to my Supershapes (but they aren’t as powerful a ski). As mentioned in previous posts, they smooth out rough hard snow—they seem to have a slightly pneumatic ride, minimizing vibration.  Supposedly the edges are mounted on some rubber-like substance, and it seems to work well.  So they’re really damp, unlike most Salomons in recent years (X-Wings, Pocket Rockets). They have a pretty round flex (in contrast to skis with extra stiffness underfoot with softer tips and tails such as K2’s Apache series), and when carving the rockered tip doesn’t seem to shorten the ski—the whole ski seems to engage the snow. Something else troubled me on the first day: the way their big tips affect them in cut-up crud.  The Enduros have tall, high-profile tips.  This presumably will help them stay up in light powder, but it seems stop the ski somewhat when they hit piles of dense crud. I’ve only owned Heads in recent years, so I’m used to their low, stiff tips, and I’m concerned by the Enduros’ frequent hesitations in cut-up crud.  I’ve read that a low profile tip—such as on my Monster 82’s—will more readily pierce through piles of crud for a faster, smoother ride in rough, stiff cut-up snow.  I think that’s what I’ve observed. But last Saturday we had some fresh spring glop that got cut up (on Breakover at Crystal Mtn.) and I was able to rip some big, fast GS arcs about as well as I could have on the Monsters.  I may have had a little bumpier ride (these ski are also shorter than the 183cm Monsters), but they felt pretty calm, stable and powerful.  I conclude that they do pass the high-speed crud test. It may not be practical, but I fantasize about cutting the last inch-and-a-half off the tips of my Enduros.  Maybe I’ll like them even better with a lower tip. But on the other hand, maybe the big, fat tip plays a role in turn initiation when the ski is IN the snow.  On close inspection, I notice that the widest part of the ski isn’t in the usual spot.  It isn’t in the rockered portion of the tip, and it isn’t at the point where the tip turns up sharply—the widest part of the ski is up on the tip, well above the snow when the ski lies on hardpack.  So the tip isn’t only tall (like some Dyanastar Legend tips), it’s also proportionately wider than any I’ve seen. I think that Salomon isn’t crazy.  The tip width must contribute to the fact that this ski STEERS better than any I’ve been on.  In soft snow, the slightest tipping of the ski makes them turn in a hurry. Example: There were a couple of moments in heavy powder in the trees when I found myself too far down the hill over my skis, with not much pressure on them to make them bend much.  In both events I was sure that I was going to fall, but the tips of the Enduros came to the rescue and the skis miraculously turned to come back under me.  The result wasn’t pretty, but I’ve never been on another ski that would have kept me from falling on these occasions. Was it the rocker?  Surely.  But having more of the curved portion of the tip in the snow also must have added some oomph to pull the ski around.  So I think the width of the tips helped, and perhaps, even their tremendous height. I don’t yet have a final verdict regarding the Enduro’s tip. More later.

Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Written by pdiddy on 06/08

Skier Height:  5.9 Skier Weight: 185 Skier Ability: :P Ski length Tested:  177

Ski Review:  While there are a lot of great ski’s out there, this is truly a dark horse.  Skied it on double blacks, ice, slushy trees, big bumps, frozen groomers , powder, hucked some great drops and this ski rips.  It is the do all, and do it damn good ski.  Demo demo demo,  hope this helps.  PS.  It felt stiff in the shop but on the slope it felt great, early rise in the front seems to soften it up.  Actually felt softer than the AC50 on the slopes, but stiffer in the shop???  weird but that was my impression.

Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Written by bjsokay on 12/04

Skier Height: 6’3 Skier Weight:225 Skier Ability:advanced Ski length Tested:177 Ski Review:I love to lay down carve turns as well as take a few runs in the loose powder. So I was the owner of 3 sets of skis. (Salomon 185cm GS 2v, Salomon 175cm All mountain Scream Xtra hot, and a pair of Salomon 165cm 3v Slalom skis.) until yesterday that is. After reading and watching many reviews about the new Enduro I picked up a pair of Enduro 84 (2011)and headed for my favorite mountain Lake Louise Alberta. All I can say is the other skis are all for sale.  The enduros do it all - and do it well. I am impressed. If there is concern about stiffness it sure wasn’t a problem for me.

Salomon XW Enduro 2011
Written by Allison Eden Andrews on 01/23

Skier Height:5’4” Skier Weight:123 Skier Ability:Advanced Ski length Tested:165cm

Ski Review:As a technical Skiier I found these Skiis to be extremely supportive of my every turn on anything I point them towards. They impressed me with their controllability while flying down cruisers at ear popping high speeds. They loved to hold the fall line & manuver effortlessly on the double blacks. These Skiis have offered me extreme joy. I have found an elevated experience of my abilities on the slopes. They are very reliable in adapting to the conditions. They offer impressive grip across the ice we find this year due to all the winter sunshine. And the have nice lift in the powder. In a word: Skigasmic!!

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