The Salomon Rocker2 100 is back unchanged for 2016. The Rocker2 100 is the versatile all-mountain little brother to the Rocker2 108. It didn’t blow us away in any one category, but was rather a well-rounded ski that was good in most terrain and most conditions. This ski is great for intermediate to advanced riders that like to explore the entire mountain.
2016 Salomon Rocker2 100 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Crud, Chop, Heavy Powder, Groomers, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Salomon Z12
On Snow Feel: The Salomon Rocker2 100 has a semi-stable feel. It does have rocker in the tip and tail to keep things playful when in the softer snow, but traditional camber underfoot keeps this ski stable when on the groomers and hard pack. When flat the ski was easy to pivot and maneuver, and once on edge the ski felt much more locked in.
Powder: With a waist width of 100mm this ski may not be as good in deep powder as the Salomon Rocker2 108 or 122, but it gives you enough float to be able to ride powder without sacrificing its performance on hardpack. This ski is more than capable of handling the light powdery snow of Colorado and Utah, but in the heavier snows of the Sierras and Cascades I found myself wanting a bit more float. It’s not that the Salomon Rocker2 100 won’t float, but it sinks just enough to lose some of its maneuverability. Again, in the lighter powder that I see most often in Colorado, the Rocker2 100s are really fun. They provide a decent amount of float, but you also get that surfy feeling. No, this won’t be your go-to powder ski. However, for the skier that occasionally ventures off piste and wants a ski that can handle it, the Rocker2 100 is a good option.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The 5 point shape and tapered tip and tail make turning easy and quick. The Salomon Rocker2 100 is forgiving, and I found I didn’t need a ton of speed to get the ski on edge. Traditional camber underfoot works with the sidecut to provide power and snap, and the full wood core keeps things lively. I have been on quicker and livelier skis in this width, but the Salomon Rocker2 100 feels right at home here. Never extremely poppy, but never dull either. Compared to the 108 or 122, the 100 is really quick. Salomon also keeps the swing weight down, and the Rocker2 100 feels easy to maneuver and turn sideways. This makes it a bit more forgiving then some in this category, and again turn initiation is quite easy. The edge to edge transition is very smooth and fluid. I never felt like it threw me from edge to edge like a more on piste oriented ski might, but it was still fun. It’s lively enough to make you want to carve all over the mountain. Although the Salomon Q-85 might be a better ski for carving, the Rocker2 100 isn’t bad. It’s also a better option than the Q-85 if wanting to explore off piste.
Speed: The Salomon Rocker2 100 has a full wood core. It makes the ski feel both lively, and damp. At high speeds I never noticed much chatter and I always felt pretty stable. The small amount of camber underfoot keeps things from getting too loose. I felt I could push it pretty hard. It doesn’t have the same speed limit as a beefier ski like the Cochise does, but it’s also a fun and easy ski to carve, so making turns will keep you going a bit slower anyway.
Uneven Terrain: The Salomon Rocker2 100 does a decent job in the crud. In the soft snow I felt like I could crush through the variable terrain with ease, but as things hardened up I was hoping for a bit more stability. I found the ski didn’t eat up and absorb the terrain the same way a softer or wider ski might, nor did it have the same blast through anything attitude of the Cochise or something similar. Again, the Salomon Rocker2 100 wasn’t bad here, but it didn’t blow us away either.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was good. Transitioning from soft to hard snow never made me feel unstable. The tapered design helps to increase edge hold as you increase edge angle. So the more you lean into a carve, the longer the effective edge, and the better the edge hold.
Flex: To me it felt like the Salomon Rocker2 100 has a medium to medium stiff flex.
Switch: The rocker2 100 has a pretty true twin shape that is great for riding switch.
Jumps: Traditional camber underfoot helps to give you a little pop. Combined with a lively wood core, and a relatively lively flex, the Rocker2 100 is a fun ski for jumps. While I never took this ski in the park, I could easily see someone having a good time launching off of kickers.
The Salomon Rocker2 100 never blew me away in any one category but was rather really well-rounded. It’s maneuverable, playful, and fun in the powder, but still has great edge hold and liveliness on the groomers. It’s also a ski that can be used to turn the mountain into your park. I think it’s a great all-mountain ski with a frontside attitude that is best suited for less aggressive skiers. Overall, it’s a versatile ski that would be a great addition to any quiver.