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Salomon MTN Explore 88 Ski

Brand: Salomon
Model: Mountain Explore 88
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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.

Specifications
Lengths (cm) 161, 169, 177, 184
Weight
-> ounces
1190g [169]
1300g [177]
1410g [184]
Weight (pair) 2380g [169]
2600g [177]
2820g [184]
Dimensions 123-88-109 [169]
125-88-111 [177]
Turn Radius 17.9m [169]
18.1m [177]
Skin Fix Round tip, square tail with notch
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Profile Rounded tip, medium radius, flat tail
Shape Camber underfoot, rocker in the shovel
Construction Superfiber sandwich with mini ABS sidewalls
Core Karuba wood
Skimo Co Says
Usage Touring, year-round skiing
Notes Koroyd tip is a dampening pleasure inducer
Bottom Line Fun, lively, all-around ski
11/28/2018
Question from Doug Heirich
 
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?
11/28/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Doug, definitely the 177! I'm just about the same size and have been skiing that length for a while and it's about perfect for backcountry usage and skis really well.
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