Why we chose the Salomon MTN 96 Carbon: Lightweight, powerful, sustainable
Lengths (cm): 166, 174, 182 & 188
Sidecut (mm): 116 / 96 / 130 (182 cm)
Radius: 19m (182 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,480g
The all-new MTN Carbon range from Salomon represents some best in class weight to power ratio, all while sporting a construction that’s easy (as can be) on the earth. This, the Salomon MTN 96 Carbon, is the lightest wide touring ski that Salomon has made. It comes in at a weight of 1,480 grams.
The MTN range from Salomon has been the companies’ flagship touring range for some time. Their ‘MTN Explore’ range of touring skis (which this ski replaced) combined a blend of low weight and high downhill performance for ski tourers who wanted a ski that doesn’t feel like a hyperactive pitbull on the downhill.
Salomon MTN 96 Carbon Construction
Low weight and high performance usually don’t go hand-in-hand. Often brands need to find a good balance between the two, with some brands happy to give up weight savings in favour of high performance and vice versa.
In the case of the MTN 96 Carbon, Salomon aimed to get the skis to the middle of the weight range. At 1,480 grams (for the 182 cm length), the skis aren’t a ski mountaineering-specific ski (that usually run around the sub-1,000 gram mark), yet they are now a downhill-specific touring ski (that are usually tipping the scales above 2,000 grams).