Salomon BBR 7.9 Review
Salomon’s new (some would say revolutionary) ski shape for 2012. The BBR 7.9 – somewhat uninspiringly named for the width under the bindings in centimetres – is the smaller brother to the bigger BBR 8.9 (to be reviewed here soon), but both share a radically oversized tip apparently inspired by watersports, rocker profile and pintail design.
“Fun” is the overwhelming adjective used to describe these skis. On piste, the wide tip gives great carving ability and a short effective edge means short turns are a blast. The oversized tips do seem to affect higher speed stability though, with a tendency to flap about, and some testers felt that the bindings were mounted too far forward. Off the trail, the shovel-like tips combined with the pin tails mean that the BBRs float extremely well in powder, with no danger of the front of the ski submerging, while The narrow tails make initiating turns in the deep stuff very easy. While the radical design may not be to everyone’s taste, there can be no denying that a lot of people are going to have a lot of fun on the BBRs this season.
- Great carving ability on piste
- Huge floatation in powder
- Lacks stability at higher speeds
- Weird looks may put people off