Gear review: Salomon N MTN EXPLORE 95 Skis

by Liz Blair

The Salomon N MTN EXPLORE 95 is quickly becoming my new quiver ski. Not only do they perform incredibly well in the backcountry, they also happen to be really fun inbounds. I’ve paired them with the new G3 Zed binding for a lightweight set-up.

What: Versatile skis designed for touring and powder days that can also rip the groomers.

Who: Anyone who is primarily ski touring, but also wants an easy to handle ski at the resort.

Where: Backcountry, resorts.

I first rode these at Copper Mountain in Frisco, CO. Right off the bat, I felt comfortable ripping down groomers and experienced very minimal chatter. I found them to be incredibly stable at high speeds while also edging quite nicely - I’d love to see how they fair on some East Coast ice. (Not really.)

In the backcountry, they are lightweight (6lb 2 oz) and easy to manage, which makes approaches super enjoyable. The stability of the ski also allows you to feel confident on the descent. While they may not have the same flotation capability as wider skis, it’s evident the MTN Explore were made for the powder.

Strength: Versatile, lightweight, stable

Weakness: Less float

Tip/Waist/Tail: 129/95/115 - 130/95/116 - 131/95/117

Lengths: 169 - 177 - 184

Radius: 17 - 18 - 19

MSRP: $699.99