Not long ago, finding a touring ski that could confidently lay down a turn at high speeds and maintain some competence on a technical climb was an impossible task. Oh how were are blessed to live in the now. Cut from the same hard-charging cloth (Karuba) as the Explore 95, the MTN Explore 88 is the lightest and skinniest ski among Salomon’s MTN lineup. Don’t let the relatively slender waist fool you, it’s not afraid to stretch its legs on the descent or even float in powder. The French have nailed it with this construction, which would satisfy most resort skiers. With not a single detail overlooked, the Salomon MTN Explore 88 is a well-oiled machine that’s ready for anything you dare to throw its way.
Total Edge Reinforcement acts like a mini-sidewall that provides excessive dampening from tip to tail with a minimal effect on weight.
Oversized Pulsepad is a vibration reducing layer added to the core that stops chatter in its tracks.
ABS Sidewalls placed underfoot improve durability, edge hold, and stabilizes the ski for surefooted skiing.
Hook Free Taper is a five-point sidecut on the tip and tail that allows the 88 to handle like a bigger ski.
CFX Superfiber blend runs the length of the ski, increases power transfer, and improves dampening capabilities.
The 3D Full Woodcore is thickened in critical areas and cut out to reduce weight in superfluous areas.
Koroyd Tip minimizes deflection sometimes found in skis in the same weight class.
MTN Rocker provides the 88 with flotation and crud-busting confidence.
Update 2017/18: Topsheet change, no core difference.
Update 2018/19: Just a topsheet change, the rest of the ski stays awesome.
I’m 5’4 and an advanced skier weighing 133 +20lb min backpack. I ski alpine 166 Salomon Pocket Rockets but also make my oversized Völkl Kenja 170cm work along with line soulmates about 168. I feel like the 169 cm Mtn 88 explores would be better in 161 cm but maybe can make 169 cm work-not sure how stiff these are compared to old pocket rockets -want to ski lighter for ups especially due to knee injuries. What do you think about size and what is actual running length of ski since it has some rocker? Thanks
Ruth, Seems you like the 90mm width and 168cm. The current MTN 88 are somewhat stiff, all mtn ski, so probably similar to the old Pocket Rockets. Since you are looking for a lighter ski to be easy on the knees, Something in the 161cm range and lighter( narrower) would be a good call. I would suggest these following skis ( we do not have many in a 160ish size). The Elan Ibex 84 in a 163cm, Atomic Backland UL 78 or 85 in 163, Alp Track 85 womans in 161cm. A couple of these are a whole ponf per pair lighter then the MTN 88 and will still be fun to ski. Please feel free to contact us directly to let us know where and what kind of skiing you mostly do so we can help you more. Thanks
I really enjoyed this ski, finding it to be quite capable in all snow. Its very easy going, easy to do any turn type and floated well enough for me at its waist. I thrashed it in the resort and did about 50 days on it this season over 100k vert easy. For skiers looking to have a ski that isnt terribly heavy but extremely capable on the down this can easily fit the bill.
question about ski length for Solomon Mtn explore 88 , I'm 160 lb, 6 ft, advanced skier. Looking for mid-light backcountry ski for west coast (ie wet crud or crusty). My other skis are k2 Coomback 177 w Fritchi Vipec, 2006 Volkl T-rock 180 w/ Plum, Volkl Mantra 177 w/Marker Duke, I'm looking to replace the T-rocks ( a little soft and chattery at the tips on icy terrain) with a ski with more downhill capability. What would your recommendation be?