Written on: 26/03/2004 by geclinke (14 reviews written)
Very easy to use
Great for carving practice
Great for small arc turns
Can take a while to clip on
Need to build confidence for the non release bindings.
I purchased a pair of Salomon Salomon 99.9 Snowblades on the advice of a friend who has a pair who in turn bought them on the advice of someone at the last Ski Show. They are a cost effective alternative to skis as they cost about a third as much and also don't take you as much space thanks to their size (99.9 cm as the name suggests).
They're only suitable for people over 1m50cm due to the non release bindings but are great fun.
They are great for introducing yourself to the carving ski technique, their short length means the radius of turns is smaller and hence lets you keep to a manageable speed while practicing.
They are very sturdily built and take a beating on all sorts of terrain, I took them on and off piste and nothing felt loose or fell off.
The good edges are really noticeable in comparison with a pair of hired skis, this again makes learning to carve much easier.
The short length needn't worry you about using them on difficult slopes either, I took them down a few black runs without any difficulties, their small size makes them more manageable and hence easier to get out of trouble.
If you're looking for a pair of blades, and don't mind non-release bindings, I would certainly recommend getting a pair of these. If you're just looking for a fun alternative from a day on normal skis at £130 these are well worth a try.
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