Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 28, 2021
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Ski brief

Surf's up?

The buzz this year is all about Salomon's BBR -- a ski with a wide surf-board-like tip and a rocker shape that supposedly lets you better handle uneven terrain. The BBR will either define the shape of skis to come or quickly fizzle out by spring skiing season. Watch for BBR on the slopes this season and ask a lot of questions before you commit to buying a pair -- this is uncharted territory. $799-899 (79-89mm under foot).

Girl powder

If you've not bought skis in the last couple of seasons, you missed the mass-marketing parade pushing women-specific skis. Yes, they look totally gorgeous, but they also perform well. Whatever your skill level – a totally novice or ready to upgrade to expert -- the easy-going Atomic Affinity line may have the ski for you. The Air (novice to intermediate) is $549 with bindings, the Pure (intermediate to advance) is $699 and the Storm (advanced to expert) is $899.

Goofy rifle not included

If you’re serious about skate skiing, then you may want to try the same skis that French biathlete and silver medalist Martin Fourcade used to win the 2011 Biathlon World Championship title. Rossignol’s X-ium have what the company calls Rossicap construction which frees the tip and tail of the skis, making them flexible and floaty over variable terrain. The skis only, no binding, retail for $700; the boots are $600. If don’t want to spend that much for your skate skis, take a look at Rossignol’s lightweight Zymax for $280 before bindings. Match them with Rossignol X-Celerator, the lightest binding on the market.

Not for wasters

The Arbor Wasteland board has been redesigned for more versatility on more terrains. The rocker between the feet, along with eight contact points just outside the bindings allegedly make it a more stable board. If you're an intermediate rider, take a look. $650.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


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  1. On January 20, 2012, Teresa Cordoni said:
    I bought a pair of the Salomon BBR's this year after trying a pair of demos once and I totally love them, I have taken them down steep sloped, groomers and powder and so far they have performed beautifully, they do seem to live up to the promise of an all mountain ski

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