2023 Salomon Stance 96

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Size tested: 168cm & 176cm
Location tested: Snowbasin, Sugarbowl
Conditions tested in: Wind buff, day after packed powder

I‘m not even sure what to say here ... I looked down at my feet to make sure I read the top sheet correctly, "Is this really a Salomon?" I asked myself this question over and over. I couldn't believe they made a ski that made my heart race. I immediately jumped on the chairlift for more! My first time testing this was in the 176cm length and it felt so powerful it almost scared me; I accidentally caught some air with it and started grinning from ear to ear. I would put this up next to a Volkl Mantra any day. This thing rips hard. Don't worry that it says Salomon on it, it has all the goodies under the hood. The thing that I really enjoy is that it has a very consistent round flex to it. Stiff but not overly stiff, just enough ski to make it accessible for a lot of people. Seriously I can't say too much more because writing this makes me want to go make some turns on it.

I will comment on taking it out in a smaller size, I usually like my skis in the 170ish range give or take a few centimeters and the 168cm excited me just as much. But, if I owned a pair, I would want to rip around on the longest length just because it felt like a wide almost GS-like ski. It has a longer turn radius than most average skis these days, but that's totally okay.
  • Insider tip: Maybe go a bit longer, it didn't seem to bother me.
  • One thing I would change: Paintjob, kind of dull.
Philpug: Remember the Salomon Sentinel? This is the modern incarnation of that brown bomber. Salomon hasn’t offered a ski with such power in this class since that wonderful ski. The Stance 96 really wants to charge and be that one-ski quiver for a bigger skier, and I think Salomon hit the bullseye (but not with a dart, more like a battle axe.)

On snow, very little bothers the Stance 96; it just wants to make power turns. This ski is a real confidence builder: the faster you want to go, the more it just stays calm and grips the snow. Whether you are cranking out medium S-turns or making figure 11s, the Stance 96 will do it all.

Insider tip: The Stance is calling for the new Salomon Strive 16 binding.​
 
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Who is it for?
Stronger skiers, this is a powerhouse, a skier’s ski. All mountain two sheets of metal fan boys.
Who is it not for?
Lighter skiers might get jostled around, but no worries, there is a QST for you.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. All Mountain
Ski attributes
  1. Moguls
  2. Off Piste
  3. Trees
Segment
  1. Men

Specifications

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Available sizes
168, 176, 182, 188
Dimensions
132-96-114
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip rocker
Size Scaling
  1. Dimensions
Construction design
  1. New graphics
Ski Weight:
1940g
Binding options
  1. Flat

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