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Geoff Devine wrote:
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> Denis Bogan <[log in to unmask]> writes:
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>         [about the Salomon Alaska Rocket]
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> > I saw a pair in a shop in Fernie last March for $500 Cdn.   I
> > had no idea the MSRP was $800 US.  Still, after flexing them
> > I wouldn't have bought them.  They were the softest ski I've
> > ever flexed, almost comically so, and the tail was just as soft
> > as the tip.
>
> I think you're confusing models.  The non-shaped mid-fat noodle
> they'd been selling for a few years was the X-Mountain.  I own
> a pair and love 'em on the soft stuff.  I don't ski very fast so
> the softness doesn't cause me any problems. They're totally
> useless on ice or groomed, though.  Salomon also have/had a weird
> looking double-ended ski that's ridiculously soft like the old
> ballet skis of years gone by.  Maybe that's what you were looking
> at? I have no idea who would use such gear. Skiing in half-pipes
> maybe?
>
> Their new rocket ship is called the Super Mountain.  It flexes
> a lot like the X-Scream Series but it's 5 cm longer, a little
> wider tip and tail, and a *LOT* wider in the waist.  There are
> 3 pairs sitting at The Basin Ski Shop at Killington if anybody's
> curious.  Serious ski toys but not something you'd use often in
> Vermont.  They list for "only" $695.  Does anybody really pay
> retail for this stuff?
>
> -Geoff
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No, Dennis is correct.  There were a very limited number of demo Salomon
"AK Rockets" out last year.  This is different ski than the X-
Mountain.  they like like an X-Scream on steroids.  Powder only for
those big fatties, even though they were advertised as Chugach
specials.

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