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.
Update 17/18: Topsheet change, no core difference.
Update for 2018/19 – Just a topsheet change, the rest of the ski stays as awesome as ever.
|Lengths (cm)||161, 169, 177, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2380g 
|Turn Radius||17.9m 
|Skin Fix||Round tip, square tail with notch|
|Profile||Rounded tip, medium radius, flat tail|
|Shape||Camber underfoot, rocker in the shovel|
|Construction||Superfiber sandwich with mini ABS sidewalls|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Touring, year-round skiing|
|Notes||Koroyd tip is a dampening pleasure inducer|
|Bottom Line||Fun, lively, all-around ski|