The Salomon S/Force FX.80 is designed for all-mountain carving purposes and is intended to be a more forgiving and more approachable version of stiffer, heavier skis like the S/Force Ti.80. It has an 80 mm waist width with a 16 m turn radius in the longest 170 cm length. The ski is mostly camber, designed to offer good edge grip and responsiveness for carving, but we get a little bit of tip rocker too. That’s something that’s become almost expected in all-mountain carving skis as it gives the ski a more natural feel when initiating carving turns. Simply tip it on edge and the subtle tip rocker helps pull you into a turn. Once in that turn, a flatter, squared off tail adds plenty of grip, although does so without feeling too demanding or completely locked into a turn. The FX.80 is about 100 g lighter than the Ti.80 and has a softer flex pattern that feels very natural thanks to the full poplar wood core. It’s not quite as powerful as the heavier skis in the S/Force line, rather tries to achieve a balance between grip, power, forgiveness, and ease of use. We still benefit from Salomon’s Edge Amplifier technology, essentially a better way of pairing the binding to the ski that maximizes power transfer. We also get the Crossover Tip, which utilizes TPU inserts and Salomon’s C/FX material in the tip of the ski to provide extra vibration damping and a smoother skiing experience.