Loveskiing’s Salomon B.B.R Ski Review 2011
A lot of hype has surrounded Salomon’s latest creation the ‘B.B.R’, with some even labelling them ‘the future of skiing’. Naturally when invited to test out the B.B.Rs at Salomon’s recent test day at the Hemel Hempstead Snowdome, the Loveskiing Team jumped at the chance to try first hand ‘the future of skiing.’
First impressions of the B.B.R skis are impressive. The long surfboardesque length of the B.B.R is the brain child of Bertrand Krafft, an innovative designer who is also responsible for the groundbreaking Salomon X Scream and twin tipped Pocket Rocket skis. Krafft has continued to push the boundaries of ski design, arriving on the truly unique design that is the B.B.R. Completely removing itself from the stereotypical mould of ski design, the B.B.R is simply a frankeinsteinesque morph of a surf board and a ski. Influenced by the shape of a surf board the B.B.R’s patented ‘V-Shape’ uses the same qualities of a surf board, enabling skiers to float on powder very much like a surfer would ride a wave. The idea of the design is to give skiers ‘maximum sensation’ on the slopes with the intention of creating a true all mountain ski. In short, allowing skiers to float on the white stuff whilst at the same time allowing skiers to still carve up the mountain with its incredible turning radius! The BBR ski comes in 2 versions, a Sandwich sidewall version with full woodcore and 89mm waist, and a more forgiving 79mm waist with monocoque construction, also with full woodcore.
Recent Salomon press release:
BBR is a ski like no other ski ever made. An oversized, surfboard like tip and rocker shape enable the ski to float in powder and adapt to uneven terrain smoothly and predictably, while the narrow waist and pintail, short radius and short effective edge on-piste provide great grip and playfulness on harder snow. What Salomon calls the “V” shape, is literally 2 skis in one.
After using the B.B.Rs firsthand, I must say a lot of love goes out to Salomon for bringing them to market! I was extremely impressed, although not tipped to be the biggest seller of the new Salomon range, the B.B.Rs without a doubt are the most innovative. What impressed me most about the skis was the turning radius, the ability to change direction was in one word … effortless. Although pitched as the ultimate all-mountain ski, I would pitch it as the all user ski. Not only will experts love the off-piste capabilities, but beginners too will love how easy they are to master. The B.B.Rs will no doubt turn heads this upcoming ski season – make sure you’re not left behind on the wave of innovation.
Check out this cheeky teaser video of the BBR skis carving up the mountain!