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|
|Weight (pair)||2080g 
||Notched tail, race notched tips|
||Round tip with tapered tail|
||Cork Damplifier with full woodcore|
||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|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
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.
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