Maybe you’ve ever hesitated to explore a lightweight touring setup because you have heard words like “flimsy,” “delicate,” and “can’t ski hard enough” used to describe gear. Salomon’s MTN Explore 88W is here to prove every nay-sayer wrong. One of the most advanced skis on the market, the Women’s MTN Explore provides an unbelievable level of ski-ability for the weight. Total Edge Reinforcement is a technology that implements a vibration reducing fiber into the core that runs tip to tail, improving edge grip in hard snow. When combined with the ABS Sidewalls that live underfoot, the MTN Explore 88W is capable of confidently holding an edge in even the nastiest terrain. The wrapped Karuba core is energetic like an alpine ski for the way down. Infusing the core with a state-of-the-art CFX Superfiber increases lateral stability for a powerful edging platform in steeper terrain and makes finding the limit of the ski difficult. The tip of the ski is comprised largely of Koroyd, a low-density honeycomb structure made of 90% air, an alarmingly lightweight damping system. Designed to leave a smile on your face, both up and down, the MTN Explore Women’s 88 has the capability, versatility, and power to be the mainstay of every backcountry skier’s quiver.
- 3D Full Woodcore technology means the top sheet is shaped to add reinforcement and remove weight where it isn’t needed.
- Oversized Pulsepad is a vibration reducing layer built into the front half of the ski, further enhancing the already impressive tracking capabilities.
- Hook-Free Taper is a five-point taper in the tip and tail which contributes to the “surfy” feel in powder and releases when you need it to in challenging terrain.
- MTN Rocker is a gentle rocker that vastly improves flotation and the ability to power through wind-blown crud.
Update 2020/21 – Just a topsheet change, the rest of the ski stays awesome.
|Lengths (cm)||153, 161, 169|
|Weight (pair)||2210g 
||Round tip, Square Tail with Notch|
||Rounded tip, medium radius, flat tail|
||Camber underfoot, rocker shovel|
||Partial ABS sidewall w/ 3D woodcore|
||Karuba w/ CFX superfiber|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Touring, year-round skiing|
|Notes||Koroyd tip is a lightweight dampener|
|Bottom Line||Fun, lively, all-around women's ski|
|Compare to other Women's Skis|
Questions & Reviews
- year: 2020/21
- size: 153cm, measured 152cm
- binding: Hagan Pure
- boots: Hoji Pro Tour, 22.5
- me: 158cm, 135lbs + 15lb backpack
First impressions. I think the combination of the width underfoot, the flex/stiffness profile, the tip shape and tail taper, and the swing weight make for an enjoyable ski.
Faster on the up. And less tiring. My hip flexors appreciate the light setup.
I was initially concerned that the recommended mounting point gave too much length to the tail for doing kickturns (I have short legs). Even though the tail is longer than I'm used to, I'm not having a problem with kickturns. I am finding it easier to bring the ski around and clear the tail (lighter weight?).
Upside: less energy to lift the lighter skis and easy to keep the tips from diving down in deep west coast powder.
Downside: I'll be put on the front to break trail more often.
Impressive. On low angle (coastal) powder I have float: surfy and fun. Even at slower speeds in powder, the tips stay up and turning is easy. On drier powder, still floating.
I was pleasantly surprised that deflection with these light skis was minimal and easy to manage (internal construction? tip/rocker profile? sub-90 width? low swing weight?).
The flex pattern of the ski handles sharp dips and abrupt transitions smoothly. Makes for happier knees.
I believe that the bevel is 1,2 (my other skis are 0.5,2). I haven't skied any icy snow yet but the ski edged nicely when I transitioned from powder onto a firm avalanche bed.
Side stepping up small rises: easy, so light!
Really happy with the width. I've been skiing on 100s and the difference to my knees with the 88mm width is notable: there is significantly less lateral knee strain when skinning and skiing.
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