If your objective with skiing is to go as light as possible without sacrificing even a bit of the ability to rail turns like your alpine gear, then look no further. Salomon’s MTN Explore 95 is the carving, floating, smile-inducing ripper designed to charge in any terrain. A 3D Full Woodcore construction reinforces the ski where it’s needed and drops weight in superfluous areas that could use a trim, reducing swing weight and mass on the way up. The core is wrapped in a pre-preg CFX Superfiber that runs tip to tail, enhancing power transfer and minimizing the amount of core material needed to create a strong and damp ski. Total Edge Reinforcement above the edges is sandwiched within the core to reduce chatter, thus creating a more confident edge hold along the entire length of the ski. An ABS-Reinforced Koroyd tip further increases surface-area-to-weight ratio and deadens impacts to create a lighter ski that tracks through crud like a meaty plank. The tip and tail employ a five-point tapering tactic, called Hook Free Taper, designed to increase the smooth performance in soft snow and tracking precision in less than ideal conditions. With substantial new-school shaping influenced by Salomon’s alpine line, the MTN Explore 95 doesn’t mess around when the skis get pointed back down the fall-line.
- Oversized Pulsepad is a vibration reducing layer placed along the front half of the ski that contributes to the confident handling in any terrain.
- Carve zone maximizes the effective edge length on hard snow without affecting the performance of the tip and tail rocker.
- ABS Sidewalls underfoot deaden impacts and chatter, while also increasing durability.
- MTN Rocker is a gentle and generous rocker design specific to the MTN line of skis.
- Spaceframe 2.0 minimizes swing weight for quicker kick turns and energy savings on the climb.
Update 2020/21 – Just a topsheet change with pretty new graphics.
|Lengths (cm)||169, 177, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2790g 
||Round tip, flat tail|
||Rocker tip, camber underfoot, flat tail|
||Round tip, medium-turn radius, slightly tapered tail|
||Superfiber sandwichs with mini sidewalls|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||All-mountain skiing, traveling to parts unknown|
|Notes||Burly enough for resort skiing|
|Bottom Line||All around crusher for either Hemisphere|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Thanks for reaching out! Your decision on which length of Salomon MTN Explore 88 boils down to a few pros and cons. If you go with the shorter length, you get a lighter ski that is easier to kick turn, and more maneuverable on the way down. However, the longer ski will possess more stability at speed, and more float in deeper snow.
For what it is worth, I typically recommend that folks downsize in the backcountry. If you put a premium on stability at speed, go with the longer ski. Otherwise, go for the 169cm length.
I have decided on this ski as an all-round touring ski. I will mount them with ATK Crests and use the Maestrale RS boots. It will be my first touring setup. I'm torn between the 177 and 184 lengths. I will use them both in winter (some pow, but not crazy deep, i ski in Europe), and spring (faster corn laps, and some longer tours where getting to the peak would be the objective).
I'm 182cm (5-11) and 70kg (155lbs) and an intermediate skier. I like making larger radius turns and going (relatively) fast (+ for the 184). However, later i would also like to get in some steeper terrain and learn to jump turn (+ for the 177). I have been skiing the 183cm Armada TST as my resort ski.
Which length would you suggest?
Thank in advance, you guys rock!
Happy to chat pros and cons of the Salomon MTN Explore 95, and the Blizzard Zero G 95.
I will start with the Zero G 95. This ski is pretty stiff and less forgiving than some of the other options on our wall. It excels in firmer snow, but has a versatile waist width for a wide range of conditions. Also, it is pretty lightweight.
The MTN Explore 95 has a more forgiving construction. It is heavier, which will translate to a damper ski that absorbs variable conditions well. Also, the wider tip will float a little better in deep snow.
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I have the ZeroG95's and I love the stiffness and how they rail in hardpack, so I guess that's my benchmark for lightweight skis how they should perform. And I cannot say it under-performed compared to the ZeroG95's.
Was lucky to have a pow pow day in the backcountry and all I can say is I enjoyed skiing much more the MTN compared to the ZeroG95's. I got these for multi-day tours when I foresee powder days, so hopefully these will serve the purpose well.
On the uphill, they were just fine and can't say I felt the additional ~300gm compared to the ZeroG95 pair (with bindings). May be on longer tours/altitude that would be noticeable, but for now I really can't feel the difference. I like lightweight but not an obsessed gram shaver. :)
Is it more or equally demanding like the ZeroG95's? It didn't feel that way. Never felt like I have to drive and put a lot of skier effort. Felt tad easier compared to the ZeroG95's. Pretty sweet swing weight and predictable. It has a bit more camber than ZeroG95's, so I guess that also helps with the pop and rebound a bit more.
It will be interesting how they perform against my Zero's during spring tours, when ski objectives and conditions are quite different. I'm 170lbs at 177cm, I got the MTN at 177 as well, although my ZeroG95's are at 171. So it will be interesting, long term which ski I reach out for most of my trips.
Shout out to Skimo team since they always do an exemplary job in communication, packaging, and even leave a nice personal sticky note :) Cheers!!!
The Control has a little more sidecut than the MTN Explore and will be a bit "turnier," and so I suggest gearing your decision between the two based on your preferred turn shape.
They have reasonably soft tips, but are stiff underfoot. This is a great ski that can be ridden hard or in a relaxed manner at any level and on any terrain. A great all-round option.
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