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Salomon MTN 96 Carbon Ski

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Following in the footsteps of an older sibling is never easy, especially when they’re handsome, smart, and good at math. Therefore, Salomon had to take great care when replacing the MTN Explore 95, a ski that set an exceptionally high bar. Eager to get out from under the shadow of its older brother and forge its own identity, the Salomon MTN 96 Carbon accomplishes the same mission as the MTN Explore 95, but in a very different manner. While the MTN Explore 95 spent more time at the gym “getting swole,” the MTN 96 Carbon prefers aerobic and stretching exercises, meaning it is lighter and more flexible than its bigger brother. By utilizing cork, which is 16x more absorptive of vibration than Koroyd, the MTN 96 Carbon is very damp, which will help to lessen the "suck factor" of dropping in on refrozen sastrugi. The shape and sidecut of the ski make it an instant favorite of those lucky enough to ski it. As a proud Gen Z’er, the MTN 96 Carbon also cares deeply about the environment, which can be seen in its construction that utilizes 40% recycled material. The MTN 96 Carbon is damp, forgiving, lightweight, and eager to accompany you on your next adventure.

  • Cork Damplifier is 16x more absorptive than Koroyd, providing a smooth ride over rough snow/ice.
  • 40% recycled content makes your ski bases look very interesting.
  • Full Karuba Woodcore is light and durable.
  • Carbon Skin Tail Clip helps climbing skins stay put.
Lengths (cm) 166, 174, 182, 188
convert to ounces
1300g [166]
1420g [174]
1565g [182]
Weight (pair) 2600g [166]
2840g [174]
3130g [182]
Sidecut   128-96-114 [166]
129-96-115 [174]
130-96-116 [182]
Turn Radius   18
Skin Fix   Rounded tip, carbon skin tail clip
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   All-terrain rocker
Shape   Slightly longer shovel with tapered tail
Construction   Woodcore with cork damplifier
Core   Karuba
Skimo Co Says
Usage Everyday ski touring
Notes Recycled bases look spacey
Bottom Line Super playful and solid ski
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Questions & Reviews

Question from TatraGeorge
Hi! Do you know if there is any difference between 22/23 and 23/24 model?
Answer from jbo
Hi TatraGeorge, it did not change for this season.
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Question from Enruk
Hi! I'm currently on the MTN 95 in 184 cm. Loved 'em until this past week skiing DEEP powder/ spring heavy snow in Chamonix, where I tended to overpower them and suffer annoying nosedives.

I'm 190 cm /6.3) and 83 kg (180 lbs.) So, I'm looking for a longer ski around 188-190 cm with a waist 95-103'ish (the elusive one ski to do it all; main focus steeps in spring in the alps; snow can be anything) to pair with a pin binding (ATK) and Scarpa F1.

How do these new MTN 96 in 188 hold up against the old MTN 95, the Atomic Backland 100 and Black Crows Camox Freebird - or some other suggestion you think fit the bill. I'd like to keep the weight below 3300g for the pair.
Answer from bruno wick
Hey Enruk,
The Majesty Supernova is a sweet ski that will provide more float but remain maneuverable. The Majestys Cut off the tail allows you to use a size down, but feel stable and float as if you had a longer ski.
The Atomic Backland 100 will provide more float and ski similar to your MTN 95, but won't be as dynamic as a ski like the Majesty.
If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out at or give us a call we would love to dive deeper into your question!
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Question from Karl
How would you compare these to the Armada Locator 96? I was originally looking at the Armadas, but the Salomons seem intriguing as well.
I'm 1,74m tall and would opt for the 178cm Locator or the 182cm MTN.
Answer from Emmett I

The MTNs are fairly damp and forgiving, thanks to the cork. Think obedient and easy to ski. A very good all around ski!

The Locators are essentially the polar opposite. Stiff and poppy, playful in powder. Overall one of my favorites, only criticism is they can get a bit excessively energetic at high speed in variable conditions. They do hold up very well in variable/less than ideal conditions, but at high speeds they just keep getting more energetic. Again, very good all around touring ski, just depends on your skiing style.
Answer from Karl D
Hi Emmett,
thanks a lot for your answer! I think I will go for the Locator then, I feel like the 178cm lenght would also fit me a bit better.

I've got another question though, regarding ~95mm skis in gerneral: None of them seem to have a cutout in the tip for a "race-style" tip-fix for the skin. Whats the reason behind this? In my opinion the tip-fix with an elastic cord should work the same on skis that are a bit wider, or are there any reasons one should not use this kind of tip-fix on wider skis? Thanks again in advance!

Best regards, Karl
Answer from Emmett I

I think it may partially stem from people ripping the bungee off on thicker, stickier skins. Not an issue if you pull the skin by grabbing the skin material itself, not the bungee. We do cut tip notches into wider skis all the time, and Dynafit offers the Free 107, which has a tip notch. Note their skins use a beefier rubber stick versus a bungee. We can build skins like that or you can cut down a Dynafit skin.
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Question from Lucas
Hi, how does they compare with old mtn 95 explore in powder? Can you say which ski is better for downhill overall (95 explore vs 96 carbon)? I just lost my loved 95 explore and I am wondering if I should buy them again or if i should try the new 96 carbon.
Answer from jbo
Hi Lucas, they are different skis for sure. The 95 is a bit more powerful and the 96 more playful so it comes down to your ski style which will suit you better. Float is similar, maybe a touch more in the 96. If you loved the 95, no particular reason to switch, though the 96 sure is fun!
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Steven (used product a few times)
First couple weeks on these, excellent skis! Not a super experienced skier, but have found these to be surprisingly good inbounds in less than ideal conditions.
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Question from Roberto
I've been riding the 1,77 mtn 95 for a long time. Unfortunately with this new version they changed the lenght. Now I'm not sure if I should go longer with the 182 or shorter with the 1,74. I'm 1,78 myself. Considering the changes in the new model, what measure would you advise?
Answer from jbo
Hi Roberto, yes it's a different ski. For choosing a length it could come down to your turning style...if you like shorter and quicker turns it's ok to loose a few cms; the ski is still plenty stable. The 182 you could open up for longer turns and float a bit more in soft snow, but maybe could require a bit more boot to drive.
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Question from Hadrien
Good afternoon

Anyone tried these skis ? How are they behaving on hard pack slopes and changing terrain ?
Are they good all round skis and how do they compare with the g3 findr and Dynastar M96 ?
Answer from jbo
Hi Hadrien, yes we typically test all the skis we carry! These carve great on hard pack while being bit more playful and quicker than the previous 95s. They aren't so stiff as to be a handful in mixed terrain, but maybe not the power to just blow through it either. Less mass than the skis you mention, but we found them quite compliant.
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