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Salomon Minim Ski

Brand: Salomon
Model: S-Lab Minim
Availability: No Longer Available

Kilian’s race ski: light, stiff, and designed to hold an edge in 60° couloirs. The Salomon Minim is a ski with an adventure mountaineering day job and hobby of world-class racing. Slightly wider than a typical race ski, at 68.5mm underfoot, the Minim is designed to be your best friend while accessing faraway stashes of powder, skiing steeps when everybody else has started riding bikes, or being the first to ski a popular ultramarathon course in the dead of winter. It’s also a good tool to win ISMF sanctioned races like Mr. Jornet. The core is tried and true Karuba that has been reinforced with strategically-placed carbon fiber to improve handling and power transfer. Sandwiched among the top-secret high-tech innards of the Minim is a sheet of Koroyd placed in the tip, a technology that Salomon has implemented in their free-ride skis for years. Koroyd is a low-density honeycomb structure that deadens impacts and reduces uncontrolled rebound and chatter at high speeds. This contributes to the already stellar downhill performance of the Minim. The binding mounting zone has been reinforced with carbon fiber and acts as a structural reinforcement for increased edge hold. The sidecut is tuned to favor steep skiing on hard snow, which also makes it a confidence-inspiring technical skinner. Instead of a typical pin-line mounting location the Minim employs a mid-sole mounting location for the utmost downhill performance. Did we mention it weighs only 720g per ski? If you want a podium contender race ski with an adventure mountaineering bias, the Minim just may be the one.

  • CFX Superfiber weave throughout the ski increases torsional stability making it nearly impossible to find the limit of the ski.
  • Koroyd-infused tip is borrowed tech from Salomon’s freeride skis and is 90% lighter than rubber but provides similar vibration-dampening properties.
  • Mid-sole mounting pattern ensures the highest level of downhill performance, perfectly tuned to the individual skier.
  • Kilian’s personal ski, if that influences your selection. It still is, even if it doesn’t.

Update 2017/18: Just a new top sheet.

Update 2019/20: No longer available from Salomon, but you can now get the ski with Plum graphics.

Specifications
Lengths (cm) 160cm
Weight
-> ounces
730g
Weight (pair) 1460g
Dimensions 97-68.5-83
Turn Radius 21m
Skin Fix Race notch
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Profile Camber underfoot, little tip rocker
Shape Medium turn-radius, flat tail
Construction Layers of carbon, flax, Koroyd
Core Karuba Wood
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, Adventuring
Notes A touch wider than most race skis.
Bottom Line What Kilian wins on.
4/21/2019
by Pete (used product regularly)
 
These are by far the stiffest race skis currently available. These are stiff throughout the ski, tip to tail. Whereas other stiff skis like the Gara Aero 70s are often only stiff in the tail and remain moderate through the midfoot and tip. For racing I believe the Gara Aero construction is far superior, nimble and takes chop well. For steep skiing, and other mountain fun the extra stiffness of the minims is preferable for me. If you like a very stiff ski, or are tall and heavy these would be a great match, otherwise look elsewhere.

The extra width is simply annoying. It's not enough to feel different skiing, and it requires searching around for specialty race skins (62s are too narrow for consistent racing)

The durability is lacking, the topsheet cap material is thin, and nicks very easily. Nicks in the sidewall area often go through into the wood core, necessitating repair.
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3/14/2019
Question from IVM
 
If I want to pair these with pomoca 2.0 race skins, which, if any, would I choose:
-62mm - 155
-59mm - 155
3/15/2019
Answer from jbo
 
Hi IVM, your best bet is the Movement Race Skins.
The Race Pro 71 Pomoca skins are 65mm wide, perfect for the Minim.
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12/25/2018
by Anthony O (used product a few times)
 
I have 30k feet on these skis so far in piste, frozen crud, untouched and chop. I am coming from a ski trab gara aero 70rs in 171. These skis are significantly stiffer, and have a more pronounced rocker. I have found the skiing with these to be significantly better. These skis are much more capable and predictable, and compared to my old race skis, I feel as though I do not have to modify my skiing style as much. Very excited to get more time on them, so far they have been the upgrade I was looking for. Highly recommend.
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11/8/2018
Question from Caroline
 
Hi!
I am a distance runner and blue skier, and I'm looking to do the Skimo race league in my town of Whitefish, MT. Any suggestions?
11/8/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Caroline! Sweet! Send me an email at help@skimo.co and we can chat a bit further about the whole setup. They might be the perfect ski for you, but there's also a really good chance that are potentially some other skis that are more your style! Let's talk and we'll go from there!
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5/1/2018
by Bob Arnot MD (downright abused product)
 
Fantastic problem solver. I had a PDG which were amazing in the climb but made me look like a child on the downhills....wildly unstable. As an alpine ski racer, this Salomon is just fantastic on the downhill. Nice carved turns, good stability and still a great climber. This ski allows you to follow Kilian's dream to roam far and wide and LIGHT in the mountains putting in the occasional 14000 foot day. Amazing design. Salomon designers are wizards!!!!!
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3/18/2018
Question from jim
 
Would these pair up well w/ Dynafit boot PDG? If so, what bindings would you recommend?
3/18/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Absolutely Jim! These are essentially race skis which pair really well with race boots and bindings. To find a race binding that would work for you, please visit our binding finder.
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1/22/2018
Question from Dan
 
With the little extra width do you cut a custom skin? Which skin do you use?
1/22/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Dan! Custom skin will do great, but the Colltex PDG Race 65mm is the best bet for a kit. You can even go 68-70 for slick conditions.
1/22/2018
Answer from Dan
 
I was wondering if slightly wider (70mm) and trim to fit for steep climbs (mountaineering climbs/traverses etc) would be a slight plus. Will they fray/shed if this is done? And while we're at it, can you recommend a couple of bindings from which to choose (looking at the Plum 150 and the Ski Trab Gara Titan Release)?
1/22/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Dan, no problems there. In fact some folks even have a full coverage race skin for some missions. For bindings, please visit the binding finder to find one that matches best with you.
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8/27/2017
by Dan C (downright abused product)
 
If you like light and fast, this ski is the one you want. There's never going to be a question of how fast these things go on the up, but they are also surprisingly capable on the way down. That extra few millimeters width more than a race ski really makes a difference!

The Minim has rapidly become my favorite ski for touring and ski mountaineering. If there's a fair bit of fresh/unconsolidated snow, I might grab something else from the quiver, but otherwise I'm on Minims.

During descent, they are stiff, snappy and have some of the meanest edges I've found on any ski. They eat up ice, corn and even not too deep powder. They do require a solid technique, but can forgive some minor indiscretions, and they are quite capable of being pushed hard and fast in the right conditions.

The only place they struggle a bit is in firm cruddy cut up snow...but if you have these skis, you won't be near anyone else's tracks. My only other minor criticism is that the edges don't quite run long enough in the tip, meaning that mine have some small dings that I've patched up with epoxy.

In summary, this is a ski that has all the benefits of a race ski (including tip notch) but skis much more capably, and should be in serious consideration for those who like to roam far and maximise their quantity of turns in the mountains.

EDIT: As an update, I'd give this ski a 3.5 - 4 stars for everyday use...They are a lot of fun, but if you encounter variable snow or heavy, wet powder, then they become quite hard to manage. In the right conditions (and as long as you aren't going too fast), these skis are a lot of fun.
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