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|
|Weight (pair)||2600g 
||Rounded tip, carbon skin tail clip|
||Slightly longer shovel with tapered tail|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Everyday ski touring|
|Notes||Recycled bases look spacey|
|Bottom Line||Super playful and solid ski|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
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.
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.
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I'm 1,74m tall and would opt for the 178cm Locator or the 182cm MTN.
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.
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
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.
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 ?
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