Salomon Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013

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Totally new design in sidecut and shape technology, the Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis have an oversized, surfboard shaped tip for floatation in soft snow and terrain absorption, combined with a narrow tail and short radius sidecut for quick, precise carving on piste. Carve precise slalom turns with these ultra quick and short turn radius skis, and take them in some deep stuff for a full-out water ski/pin tail sensation. V-Shape is the future, and it’s here now.

Product Details

Shape

V-Shape is next generation sidecut design with a very wide, rockered surfboard style tip for superior floatation and terrain adaption, combined with a short radius and narrow tail to allow quickness edge to edge and precise carving.

Semi Twin Tip tail increases the snow contact and stability at high speeds.

Construction

Sandwich Sidewalls offer extraordinary smooth ski/snow contact and great terrain adaptation. This is a must for powerful skis. Laminated sandwich sidewall construction enables Salomon to combine appropriate material layers for targeted performance.

Oversized PULSEPAD is an anti vibration layer molded all along the front part of the ski to filter vibrations for better absorption and smooth ski/snow contact.

Total Edge Reinforcement has a fiber directly on the edges providing edge stiffness for improved durability and grip.

Flex

Full Woodcore from tip to tail offers optimum stability on snow and powerful rebound, which maximizes ski/snow contact and filters vibrations.

Binding Compatibility

We recommend a brake width that is equal to the ski waist width and at most 15 mm wider.

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain More 
  • Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber More 
  • Turning Radius: Short More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Tail Type: Partial Twin Tip More 
  • Warranty: 1 Year (2 Years with Salomon Bindings) More 
Size (cm) 166 176 186
Tip Width (mm) 147 147 147
Waist Width (mm) 88 88 88
Tail Width (mm) 110 110 110
Turning Radius (m) 11.5 12.5 13.5
Indiv. Ski Weight (g) 1600 1800 2000

Other Notes

Salomon products can only be shipped within the United States

Reviews

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Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good carving ability (6)
  • Good grip (6)
  • Great flotation (6)
  • Smooth ride (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Downhill (4)
  • Groomed terrain (3)
  • Powder (3)
  • Powder skiing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One ski to largely rule them all

Rode the BBR 8.9 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this past weekend. 3.7 metres on the ground, 21 cm fresh. The BBR is perfectly suited for truly varied conditions. I skied shoulder-deep glades,...Read complete review

Rode the BBR 8.9 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this past weekend. 3.7 metres on the ground, 21 cm fresh. The BBR is perfectly suited for truly varied conditions. I skied shoulder-deep glades, powder-caked runs and cruddy groomers with this and found it up to the task in everything. was especially impressed with their float (comparable at least to the Sultan 94s I've ridden in similar conditions).

They turned just fine in the pow, with the big shovels digging in. If you're planning on using them a fair bit on piste, use the same length as you'd use with a full camber ski, and you'll turn fine.

The skis are incredibly heavy for their length and quite soft, especially through the front.

If you're doing mostly groomers or mostly powder, get a more specialized ski. But if you truly ride everything in a day, the BBR is impressive.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Surprised

So honestly I took one look at this ski and was skeptical to say the least. It looks strange, big wide tip, skinny little tail, how could this thing possible ski well? ...Read complete review

So honestly I took one look at this ski and was skeptical to say the least. It looks strange, big wide tip, skinny little tail, how could this thing possible ski well? I didn’t love it, but it does ski surprisingly well. You can practically stand straight up on this ski or even lean back and turn it easily. It is different for sure but the surfy feel is there. Didn't get a chance to try it on a big powder day but strangely fun on the hardpack.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Salomon BBR - Easy riding Mid-Fat

By 

from Mission Ridge

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Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

This ski will turn any intermediate skier into an advanced skier after one fantastic morning on piste and off. This ski begs you to lay it on edge and allow the plentiful sidecut to carve arc after arc on smooth courduroy. The ski does not like to be force out of its arc into very snappy short turns, but will reward you for letting the skis open up to a larger turn arc. The Huge shovel really does the trick when off-piste in soft snow as well!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best all-mountain skis

By 

from Stevens Pass, WA

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Crud
  • Durable
  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Ice
  • Smooth Ride
  • Tip floatation

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Scratches Easily

Best Uses

  • All terrain
  • Downhill
  • Groomed Terrain
  • Moguls
  • Powder Skiing

Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

I am a PSIA certified ski instructor, and I will have to say that these are the best skis ever. I demoed many skis-- fat to carving-- and these worked out the best.

Powder--They float in the powder, and I really feel comfortable leaning hard into my turns.

Groomed--They make nice round turns, and they grip nicely too. Short and wide turns are both easy to do, and great fun.

Bumps--They are on the stiffer side, but if you are a good skier, they really flow nicely through the bumps.

Crud-- They plow through the crud like, well... boats

They are really fun, and they are the best ski for all conditions. Flotation, and carving.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Loved this ski

By 

from Park City, UT

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Crud
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • On-Piste
  • Smooth Ride
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Icy Conditions
    • Powder

    Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

    I love these skis! They inspire confidence, really help me carve, and skiing on-piste both on very hard hardpack & icy conditions, with surface snow cut up by boarders, these skis went exactly where I wanted them to go.

    I demo'd these skis at The Canyons. It has been a dry winter without much snow - so mostly man-made snow on-piste.

    I'm going to demo them again on a powder day - if they behave as I expect them to, I'm buying these skis.

    They are a bit heavy -- they had rental bindings on them when I demo'd them. The weight seems to add to their stability at speed through variable terrain.

    Normally I ride on K2 Apache Recons. Switching back to my Recons in the afternoon, I wished I were back on these BBRs.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    One ski to largely rule them all

    By 

    from Edmonton, AB

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Carving Ability
    • Good Grip
    • Great Flotation

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Moguls
    • Powder

    Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

    Rode the BBR 8.9 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this past weekend. 3.7 metres on the ground, 21 cm fresh. The BBR is perfectly suited for truly varied conditions. I skied shoulder-deep glades, powder-caked runs and cruddy groomers with this and found it up to the task in everything. was especially impressed with their float (comparable at least to the Sultan 94s I've ridden in similar conditions).

    They turned just fine in the pow, with the big shovels digging in. If you're planning on using them a fair bit on piste, use the same length as you'd use with a full camber ski, and you'll turn fine.

    The skis are incredibly heavy for their length and quite soft, especially through the front.

    If you're doing mostly groomers or mostly powder, get a more specialized ski. But if you truly ride everything in a day, the BBR is impressive.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great All Mtn Ski

    By 

    from Stevens Pass

    Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

    I ski Fischer Atuas in a 186 & Elan 888 in a 185. The BBRs skied very similar to the Fischers, but was more stable in icy conditions, had more float (slightly) and had quicker response. The ski carved well and allowed all turn shapes with ease. It did not hook like other early rise skis I've tried. I found it to be a great all-around ski.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    versatile powder ski 4 the whole family

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    Our employees buy and use the gear we sell all the time! When our staff writes a review, we identify it with this evoCrew Staff badge.

    Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

    This is a whole new breed of ski. The narrow waist and sharp radius makes it turn like a slalom ski, yet the incredibly wide surf-board rockered tip gives you a water ski for the deep stuff. The tapered tail is forgiving and easy to release from a turn. The BBR will allow anyone to have fun on groomers or powder. My only complaint is that the wide tip is hooky and too turny if you get forward on the ski while on hard pack.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Just for an Easy Day

    By 

    from Stevens Pass

    Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

    Turned fine but felt like a dead plank. Rode beautifully through the crud though. Not for high energy quick turns. Sorry to say that I least liked this ski out of all my demo days.

     
    5.0

    Amazingly versatile ski

    By 

    from Montreal, Canada

    About Me Expert

    Pros

    • Good Grip
    • Great Flotation

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Piste
    • Powder

    Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

    I rented these for a week of skiing in La Plagne, French Alps in 2012. It was a big snow week and we spent most of the time off piste floating through knee deep powder. The wide tips and rocker performed as expected, taking you anywhere a powder ski would. The big surprise was that this is actually a piste ski which carved nicely, could do short turns, with decent edge grip and stability yet with a tail that was just forgiving enough to negotiate mogul runs without drama. This versatility came at the price of it being a lower energy ski, but then it was also so easy to ski that you could go on forever without ever getting tired. The biggest downside to this ski is that it's probably the ugliest ski on the slopes. Too bad that it was discontinued.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Great skis

    By 

    from NJ

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Carving Ability
    • Smooth Ride

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

        Excellent product. Very stable and turn very well. These skis are extremely forgiving, but don't feel mushy in turns. Also these are a conversation piece with everyone you ride the lift with!

        • Was this a gift?:
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        5.0

        BBR 8.9 FUN, FUN, FUN

        By 

        from China Peak, CA

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Good Carving Ability
        • Good Grip
        • Great Flotation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Groomed Terrain
          • Powder Skiing

          Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

          If you are looking for that one ski that can give you a GOOD RIDE in almost all snow conditions, the Salomon BBR 8.9 is for you. I first demoed the Salomon BBR 8.9 late in the day when the snow had softened. The Salomon BBR plowed right through the wet, heavy and grabby spring snow. This Ski is Amazingly FUN to ski. I bought a pair (186 cm) and have skied them in powder, crud and on groomers. This ski ROCKS. don't mind the weight, when their on the snow you won't really feel it that much.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          BBR - Best I've ever skied

          By 

          from Phoenix

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Good Carving Ability
          • Good Grip
          • Smooth Ride

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

              Within 4 turns I realized that these were the best skiis I've ever been on. Being skiing for 25 years - this ski is a gamechanger.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              great skis, and very good pricing

              By 

              from boston mass

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Carving Ability
              • Great Flotation
              • Smooth Ride

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Groomed Terrain
                • Powder Skiing

                Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

                great functioning skis on all terrain

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Surprised

                By 

                from Stevens Pass

                Our employees buy and use the gear we sell all the time! When our staff writes a review, we identify it with this evoCrew Staff badge.

                Comments about Salomon BBR 8.9 Skis 2013:

                So honestly I took one look at this ski and was skeptical to say the least. It looks strange, big wide tip, skinny little tail, how could this thing possible ski well? I didn’t love it, but it does ski surprisingly well. You can practically stand straight up on this ski or even lean back and turn it easily. It is different for sure but the surfy feel is there. Didn't get a chance to try it on a big powder day but strangely fun on the hardpack.

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