Individual Review Speed Dating some New 2020 Skis on Vermont Hardpack....

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Thanks for the great reviews!
Very interested in trying out the Stance 96 as I hear it’s very quiet and solid like a slightly less traditional “Mantra”.
Did you try the 176cm version or the 182cm on the 96? Wished they made a mid 180’s length but I bet the 188cm should charge pretty well
I played with the 176. Totally quiet, solid...no surfy feel. This is a damp and reliable tracking machine. I suspect it would excel in tracking lines through crud without any deflection, yet maintain enough float to keep it from feeling balky.
I only skied it on tightly packed snow conditions. I would recommend people demo this ski if they want a solidly secure, quiet feel underfoot. I felt it was a totally different direction for Salomon....in no way similar to the QST line...and not as carve-only as the MAX / Force series.

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I played with the 176. Totally quiet, solid...no surfy feel. This is a damp and reliable tracking machine. I suspect it would excel in tracking lines through crud without any deflection, yet maintain enough float to keep it from feeling balky.
I only skied it on tightly packed snow conditions. I would recommend people demo this ski if they want a solidly secure, quiet feel underfoot. I felt it was a totally different direction for Salomon....in no way similar to the QST line...and not as carve-only as the MAX / Force series.

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You’re making me want to try it out even more now if even the 176cm is stable! The 182cm and 188cm should really rip at speed then. Should be a good daily driver-grips in the morning and charges crud in the afternoon.
 

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I played with the 176. Totally quiet, solid...no surfy feel. This is a damp and reliable tracking machine. I suspect it would excel in tracking lines through crud without any deflection, yet maintain enough float to keep it from feeling balky.
I only skied it on tightly packed snow conditions. I would recommend people demo this ski if they want a solidly secure, quiet feel underfoot. I felt it was a totally different direction for Salomon....in no way similar to the QST line...and not as carve-only as the MAX / Force series.

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Thanks for the feedback. The Salomon Stance 90, 96 and 102 are all on my radar.
 

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I was considering a Kendo88 or the Evolv90, but the Evolv84 sounds pretty intriguing, however I’m torn between that and the v82. My dailies have been Line Supernatural 100’s I got A few years ago, but having relocated to PA from NorCal I’m looking for a ski that’s better on ice. Being a bigger (lbs) guy I do like having that stability when the snow softens (like afternoon vs fresh snow). Is the v82 basically a “versatile carver”? I love skiing fast through everything, but avoid bump runs. (Knee surgeries) I dig Multiple turn shapes, but if it snows, I’m grabbing my other skis. What would you recommend?
 
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I've skied in PA...the V82 would be a great choice out of your candidate list....for 90% of Eastern conditions, I would prefer it over the Evolv90 unless there is fresh showfall. I have not skied the latest Kendo yet.... Look around for Internet deals on Liberty V82....I've seen them sub-$300 for last year's model....
 
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