“ For getting big air. Designed for very good skiers, a twintip ski with a unique flex facilitates jumping, doing tricks, or just showing off on the slopes. „
I have recently finished a season in Val d'Isere and after some stressful months on some, first, 190cm P30 Volkls and then some 4 year old Rossignol 170cm 'cuts', I decided to acquire some Salomon 1080's. Helpfully through a friend who worked for salomon so I got them cheap! These skis are something else. The 1080 range has been out for about 3 years now and I bought the latest ones. The 1080's were the first twin tip skis around and really helped accelerate the popularity of 'freestyle' skiing. I tried the old ones, the yellow ones with the blue salomon logo on, and they were very good, obviously tipped at both ends though also shaped like a carving ski. This meant short turns, long turns, skiing backwards and jumping were all a pleasure. However, it got better with the latest range (I didn't try out last years model). The latest 1080's of the 2002/2003 season come in 3 sizes, with different colours to match. You can get 161cm (green), 171cm (silver/white) and 181cm (orange). They are all made with the new salomon 'spaceframe' which is a super light carbon fibre frame. This makes the skis easier to carry as well as them being a lot lighter on your feet when jumping. I chose the 181cm, and got the salomon S912 'black fizz' bindings to go with them. The design is super, having little computer style graphic shapes on the top and then 'salomon' in big blue letters on the bottom with a light yellow background. The skis I've skied on previously were both carvers, though I still found the 1080's relatively good for carving. Short turning, though not a real hassle, were some what more difficult though long, carved turning was alright. Half way through a nice long turn you can feel the flexible ends really kick in which gives you that buzz you always look for when on a slope. The skis measure at about 8cm in the middle and 11cm at the top which makes them pretty wide. I wide ba
se makes good for skiing powder and this is another superior advantage that these skis have over others. Carving in powder on these skis is like floating down a long white dream! Really, they're superb, a real joy to ski on. Jumping is yet another advantage of these skis. The 1080's are quite sturdy in the middle though quite flexible at each end which, for reasons that I'm not too sure about, make them good for jumping. Landing on the back of your skis will bend the back end which then makes for a smooth landing as it cushions the impact of the landing, though this is true for nearly all the freestyle skis. As I said before, the lightness of the skis also makes it easy to jump and a bonus which I like is the design on the bottom which looks well good when you bring your skis up to your side! If you're looking to impress further, I found the 1080's to be as stable skiing backwards as skiing forwards. Brilliant! These are truly good skis and I await to see what next seasons model are like. There is heavy competition in the twin tip field now, with Rossignol bringout the impressive Scratch FS and Scratch BC's and Dynastar now showing their worth with the new Trouble Makers. I've skied on all of these but its the 1080's that do it for me. Obviously its for you to make your own decisions about but I find Salomon to be very reliable skis, and for anyone looking to get into freestyle skiing then I would recommend the 1080 range, past and present.
I will never ski on any other ski than these. I love them to pieces. In the 1999/2000 season, Salomon intrigued the ski market by introducing the first twin-tip ski for the consumer. A twin-tip ski is one that is raised at both the tip and the tail, allowing the skier to ski backwards as well as forwards. These skis heralded a revolution in the ski industry, which other ski manufacturers have joined. Despite the influx of twin-tip skis in the 2000/2001 season, the Salomon 1080s are seen by many people as being the only ski of choice. As an amateur freeride skier, I can't get enough of them. The 1080 has given me a new lease of life over the whole mountain.When jumping, I now have the option of landing or taking off backwards, without fear of having the tails of my skis jam into the snow and me ending up in a heap. The skis have more flex in the tips and tails for cleaner take-offs and landings, and their lighter weight makes for higher jumps and easy manoeuvre in the air. but it does not stop there, these are a true all-mountain ski. They will handle both ice and powder like it was a walk in the park. The sidecut of 108-75-100 (tip/waist/tail) gives a build only a little short of the X-Scream. I was abroad just before Christmas racing on a pair of 1080s and the sidecut was more than adequate. In fact, there were several people out there racing in them. These skis are generally shorter than most people are used to. Their sizes are 161, 169 or 177cm. I am about 5" 8' and I take the 161cm ones because I like to have them a little bit shorter for doing tricks. The number of people you will see on the slopes with these skis will shock you. Everybody has them. If that is putting you off because you like your sense of individuality, Salomon has the answer. This season they have been developing some limited edition designs and they are planning on carrying these on next season. I
f you have never tried these skis, try them. If you have already tried them, then you will most likely have already bought a pair. --------------------------------------------- Update!!! (20/3/01) ------------------- I just heard about the 2002 season versions of the 1080s, so I thought I would update to let you all know. There are going to be 3 pro models of the skis,which will all have the same dimensions as the regular 1080s but they will have different graphics. J. F. Cusson ------------ The Cusson pro 1080s measure in at 177cm. They are black with a purple 'freeze' robot on. They have the Salomon 's' on the front of the right ski and on the back of the left one. Vincent Dorian -------------- The Dorian's are white and have a 'freeze' robot design slightly different to the Cusson's (I think the robot is in grey). These come in 169cm. Junpei Endo ----------- The Junpei Endo pros come in 161cm and have the same design as the Dorian's but in orange.