Killian Jornet's powder boards, or lightweight high-performance ski mountaineering skis for the rest of us. The S/Lab skis were developed with Jornet and other Salomon athletes to tackle technical and remote descents with confidence.
The S/Lab X-Alp is a sub 1000 gram ski that is extremely stiff thanks to C/FX Carbon fiber reinforcement. The FX is pun/acronym (acropun?) that stands for Flax woven through the carbon to dampen and reduce vibration that carbon has become infamous for in skis. These light and stiff high performance materials are reinforced in the binding mount area with Titanal and 4 layers monocoque to eliminate concern for screw pull-out. The tips are notched to accept race style tip attachments.
These techy wonders should definitely be on your shortlist for the ultralight ski mountaineering spot in your quiver
|Lengths||158, 164, 170 cm|
|Dimensions||113 / 79 / 99 mm (164cm)|
|Profile||Tip Rocker, Camber underfoot|
|Construction||Basalt/fiberglass cap, Carbon and Flax woven|
|Recommended Use||Ski Mountaineering|
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
Dozens of in area laps have proved these to be light enough for a quick ascent and fun in just about any downhill conditions. They don't float like a dedicated powder ski, but they carve well and have some rebound to them. I matched them with a Salomon binding and enjoy having the brakes when I'm not going for max speed. You could race on these, but they aren't quite as quick as a dedicated race board.
This Salomon ski is purpose-built for uphill fitness. It is very light at under 1,000 grams and yet not as squirrely as a race ski. Nice dimensional shape for stability and turnability. Soft and flexy for your easy turns. Not a high speed demon for the downhill, but a great ski for uphill that is forgiving and soft for the downhill. I liken this ski to a Nike trainer; light, not too fast and really friendly. It really is the perfect ski for the older or inexperienced person who wants to uphill for fitness and go at a cruiser pace on the down hill.
I picked up the S/LAB X-Alp skis because i needed a fitness training ski that I could use at my local resort. I wanted something with better ski ability and overall downhill performance than my 65mm underfoot race ski. With the S/Lab X-Alp I have a wicked light ski I can hammer uphill with, and I can enjoy the descent more - these handle awesome in powder, packed power, crust and ice. The edge hold is really something, and I feel confident at speeds. I also use these skis in the spring when I'm ticking off mountaineering objectives - they handle really well on steep, committing terrain. Overall, highly recommended!