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Salomon MTN Summit 79 Ski


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When Salomon's X-Alp ski hit the market back in 2017, it immediately garnered a loyal following for its ability to sprint up the skintrack at near-race speeds, while keeping the descents more fun and playful than we'd assume from a hard-snow-oriented mountaineering ski. Rarely had a ski appealed so well to efficiency-conscious skimo athletes and mach-looney-loving freeriders alike, and the X-Alp proved to be an easy-skiing, fast-ascending option for racers looking for a wider touring ski and non-racers wanting a tool for spring conditions. Not much has changed for Salomon's goldilocks low-fat ski, with the MTN Summit 79 making minor tweaks to keep torsional stiffness and hard-snow performance at a maximum. While the original X-Alp received high marks for its easy-turning feel and great performance in powder, the ski could also feel noodly when conditions firmed up, especially for bigger or less balanced skiers. With the move from a basalt/fiberglass cap construction to a monocoque-carbon, partial-sidewall construction, the MTN Summit gains some of the bulldozing stability of its older siblings in the MTN Explore line while maintaining the technical precision that makes it a great choice for difficult skiing at high altitudes. Pair the MTN Summit with race boots and mohair skins and watch full-day tours turn into dawn-patrol laps, fueling the fire for bigger peaks and more ambitious objectives.

  • Not as demanding as other mountaineering skis, the MTN Summit 79 brings tons of fun to the low-fat category.
  • Karuba wood-core adds damping to a precise monocoque carbon chassis.
  • Pairs well with race boots for speed, race-plus boots for versatility, and even standard touring boots for daily-driving.
  • While the X-Alp branched off from Salomon's race-ski lineage, the MTN Summit 79 is more in line with their touring skis, the MTN Explore 88 and 95.
  • Rockered tip with race-skin notch means the MTN Summit goes from weeknight racecourse to weekend powder lapping and back again.
  • Glossy topsheet goes well with Capilene sun-hoodies and midsummer trips to the glacier.
Lengths (cm) 158, 164, 170
convert to ounces
980g [164]
Weight (pair) 1960g [164]
Dimensions 113-79-99 [164]
Turn Radius 17m [164]
Skin Fix Tip notch, flat tail
Specs Verified
Profile Rockered tip and camber underfoot
Shape Rounded tip, squared tail, short radius
Construction Salomon's trademark carbon/flax blend w/partial sidewall
Core Karuba wood with carbon wrap
Skimo Co Says
Usage Going fast while having fun in all conditions
Notes Improved stability on hard snow.
Bottom Line Freerider's race ski, or racer's powder board? You decide.
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Tim C
expecting that a tr2 would not be your 1st choice on this ski, but asking as some of the skis have mounting location restrictions. from your shop, I own the tr2 on a set of zero g 85 and also have a set of Dynafit Speed Turn on a pair of Hagan Cirrus having all four cap/sidewalls ripped away from the ski under the boot area for several seasons now. I also have a Atomic 78 ultra with vipec. Being a bit fond of the tr2, but needing to replace the quick turning and playfull but damaged 163 cm Hagan Cirrus before the edges rip out and snag something mid run.
Answer from Teddy Young
I agree that you could go with a different/lighter binding on this ski, but the TR2 is a fantastic, unique binding! As far as mounting locations, the long hexagon shapes on the top sheet indicate where the toe/heel are intended to be mounted. As long as you're within those shapes, you should be good to go!
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Model: MTN Summit 79 MPN: L41138400+

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