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Salomon MTN 86 Pro Ski

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Despite some widespread misconceptions, lightweight skis aren’t always overly stiff with the ski feel of a 2 x 4 plank. A case in point is the Salomon MTN 86 Pro. When demoing the skis for ourselves, we were blown away by just how damp the skis felt, no doubt due to the Cork Damplifier strategically placed to lessen vibration. The Flex profile was friendly and when combined with its sylphlike sidecut, was equally at home doing high-speed laps or maneuvering between tightly placed trees. It has a race-notched tip that will allow everyone to experience the joy and efficiency that is ripping skins from the tip instead of the tail. Low on weight but not on fun, the Salomon MTN 86 Pro is a ski that is assured to leave a smile on your face.

  • Cork Damplifier keeps the ski light and damp.
  • Full Karuba/Poplar Woodcore is svelte yet durable.
  • Skin clip in the tail with race-notched tip provide plenty of skin options.
  • Partially made with recycled materials, reducing the environmental impact of the ski.

Lengths (cm) 156, 164, 172, 180
convert to ounces
1040g [156]
1110g [164]
1205g [172]
1310g [180]
Weight (pair) 2080g [156]
2220g [164]
2410g [172]
2620g [180]
Sidecut   116-86-102 [156]
118-86-104 [164]
120-86-106 [172]
122-86-108 [180]
Turn Radius   18m
Skin Fix   Notched tail, race notched tips
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   All-terrain rocker
Shape   Round tip with tapered tail
Construction   Cork Damplifier with full woodcore
Core   Karuba / Poplar
Skimo Co Says
Usage Speed touring, mountaineering
Notes Softer flex than previous MTN skis for more playful skiing
Bottom Line Fast, light, damp, and fun to ski
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Jared
How does this differ from the MTN Explore 88?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Jared,

They're a little bit lighter, and flex a little softer overall than the older MTN Explore 88. Overall though, the differences aren't huge - turning radius is the same, both have a good amount of camber underfoot, and are similar dimensions. The new ski has cork material added under the binding which should improve the dampness. Overall, a few updates and improvements to a ski that was already quite good!
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Question from Travis
Man, these are hideous. Heard good things about them though. Is the a narrower version?
Answer from Jeff
Hideous? You should have seen the old MTN 88.
For a damper and easier to turn ski, compared to others in the this category, it is good.
Salomon updated the MTN skis this year and has the MTN 80. We have the previous MTN Summit 79 in stock. The new version has a full Poplar core and the cork Damplifer. Which adds about 200g per ski. So the 86 weighs about the same as the 80.
Answer from Patrick C
While we're on the topic, how does this ski compare to the old MTN 88 (which I have)?
Answer from jbo
Hi Patrick, my 88s are still hanging on in rock duty. The MTN Pro ski feel is somewhat similar to the MTN but even more damp with the cork vs the carbon/flax. It's not quite apples to apples size-wise, the 86 174 feels quicker than the 88 177 despite having the same radius on paper. Similar amount of energy but even more fun overall IMO. As a heads up, there will be a 91 next season if you want to err the other direction in width.
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Question from Adam
Light weight skis being too stiff has literally never even remotely been a conception, let alone a misconception.
Answer from jbo
Hi Adam, we live in different worlds! Layering of multiaxial carbon fiber can be overdone...
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Question from Spence
Damp and light sounds awesome. Can those of you who spent time on the ski give a comparison of how stiff the ski is to other skis? Maybe to the voile objective or whatever else you feel comfortable making a comparison to. This ski sounds interesting but I wonder about it’s performance on icy firm snow compared to other skis. Thanks.
Answer from Zak M
Hey Spence, while pretty solid underfoot, it is definitely on the softer side of skis in that range. It's not very far off from the objective (besides being wider) and I wouldn't reach for either of them first if I was skiing specifically steep hardpack where solid edge-hold is imperative. A comparable ski that will offer better performance on hardpack or ice is the Black Diamond Cirque 84.
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