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2019 Salomon Skis Preview

Highlights from the 2019 Salomon skis lineup:

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The all-new Shift

Big News on the Binding Front

If you follow the alpine touring scene, you may have already heard some of the hype surrounding Salomon’s big innovation: The S/Lab Shift MNC (Note: the binding will also be released by Atomic as the Shift). The result of seven years of product development and testing that included pro athletes Cody Townsend and Chris Rubens, the Shift offers full DIN/alpine-style performance in an alpine touring binding.

Where this binding takes things to the next level is in the toe. Tech-style pins work like they do on other tech bindings for climbing, but the pins are housed in an alpine-style toe piece that provides elastic travel.

Townsend told Outside that it’s “the Holy Grail of bindings.” Read our review of the Shift to see if it lives up to the hype.

New On-Piste Options

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Salomon dials in the charger skis for 2019

To match a new line of S/Max boots, Salomon releases a new series of on-trail race-style skis: the S/Max Blast, with a men’s side and a women’s side. At 72mm underfoot with Edge Amplifier Construction to maximize power transmission, they are built to be fast, powerful, and quick.

Also fresh for 2019, Salomon introduces the Aira line, a progression ski for women built to be accessible but with a relatively high ceiling.

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The new Salomon Aira line.

QST Updates

The bread-and-butter skis of the Salomon line, the QST 106 and QST 99 receive slight, but important, updates for 2019. Salomon added basalt stringers just above the bases of each model, making the skis damper and lighter.



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