Expert Review: 2024 Salomon QST Lux 92 Skis [with Video]Published on 09/25/2023 · 7 min readSkiing Expert Charlotte H. tested the 2024 Salomon QST Lux 92 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories
Curated Skiing Expert Charlotte H. got her hands on the 2024 Salomon QST Lux 92 this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every skier is different; if you have any questions about the Salomon QST Lux 92 or need recommendations on which ski would be best for you, reach out to a Skiing Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Salomon claim about this ski?
Salomon claims that this is a revamped version of their old Lux. They've added extra power and stability into their tips as just a directional all-mountain charger.
What is your overall impression of the ski?
I was really impressed and surprised by these skis. I wasn't expecting them to be as powerful as they are. It took me a little bit of time to get used to the amount of power that they have packed in their tips. But after a couple of runs, I was really loving them.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides?
What's really nice about these skis is that they have a little bit of extra rocker through their tips. So, their effective edge really starts down here on the ski and that means that they're going to be easier to initiate turns with.
In contrast to that rocker which helps with turn initiation, they have a lot of camber underfoot and that allows you to really lay into a turn. They're going to be able to accept all that power that you put into them without sliding out on you.
What is the flex like?
These are stiff skis and I felt that underfoot. Even now I'm trying to flex them with my hand and they are hard to pull towards my face, which means that they have a lot of power in them.
How does the ski turn?
The QST Luxes are a more demanding ski, so they require quite a bit of energy to get turning. Once they are turning, they are really fun throughout the turn. But, they certainly require a driver to be forward on their skis and really pushing into the tips.
What is the edge hold like?
They have really awesome edge hold.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis?
The pro of really needing to drive these skis is that once you get them moving for you, they will plow through anything that you send them through. So, variable, choppy, uneven terrain - they're not afraid at any speeds. They'll just keep on moving for you and you won't feel all of that variable snow underneath your foot like you might in a ski that has less metal and less stability.
How does it feel in terms of speed?
They did well in terms of speed. I didn't notice that any high speed was really deterring me while I was skiing them. I felt really confident on them.
How is its energy/acceleration?
With all this camber underfoot, they're going to feel pretty energetic for you if you can really put some power into the tips. They will reward you with a pretty energetic turn and give you lots of acceleration coming out of your turn. However, if you're having a tough time putting pressure into the tips of the skis, you'll notice that the skis just feel more burdensome than they do enjoyable.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop?
These are a heavier ski. So in the conventional sense of playful, they are not the most playful. However, someone who knows how to power through them can have a lot of fun on them. I think it really just depends on being able to put pressure into the tips and get them moving.
Is it good for skiing switch?
I wouldn't recommend skiing switch on them. I think they're a pretty heavy and full of metal ski to maneuver. They also don't have rocker in their tails, and they're just the partial twin. So, you feasibly could do a little whirly bird or land switch, but I would pretty quickly try to get heading facing down the hill again.
How is the ski with jumps?
These didn't have a ton of pop coming off of jumps. They were more shock absorbing than they were launching you off a jump, but they felt very stable upon landing.
Can it handle the park and what features is it best for/should avoid?
I did not take these skis into the park, and I would not recommend that you take them into the park either. However, the feature that if I was in the park I would ski them off of is smaller jumps. These would not be a great rail ski.
How is it in powder?
The QC Luxes are 92 underfoot, so they're not your ideal powder ski. They're not especially surfy and they're not floaty.
How is it in uneven terrain and chunder?
They're great in uneven terrain and chunder. They power through, they blast - they're kind of like rocket ships! With the carbon weave and the titanal underfoot, these skis blast through anything that you could put them in.
How is it skiing in the trees? How is its maneuverability?
These skis felt moderately maneuverable through the trees. However, they are a really demanding ski. So, if you're not someone who's riding forward while you're in the trees and you're someone who maybe is sitting back and letting the trail take you, these skis will feel like a lot of energy to get them to turn where you want. I am someone who tends to be more forward on my skis, so it didn't feel like an issue for me as an ex-racer.
What terrain is this ski good for?
I love these skis for ripping wide open groomers. I like them for slashing and playing, as long as you're someone who can make them slash and play. On a day when you need a lot of edge hold this double sidewall is going to be there to support you.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it?
This is not my ideal powder day ski. They're pretty heavy so they don't have a lot of flotation. And, they're not that playful so they take a lot of extra energy. If I was skiing bell to bell, 9 AM to 4 PM, first and last runs, my legs would be done by the end of the day skiing on these. So, I think for someone who packs a lot of power and is really able to make them turn, these are going to be great for you.
Who would you recommend these skis to?
I like them for you East Coasters and all mountain skiers.
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them?
These are not a beginner ski. These are going to feel really daunting for someone who's just getting into skiing or for someone who doesn't quite have their weight as forward as someone who's more trained might. For someone who is a beginner skier, these are going to feel really heavy for you. So, you could go with something that's lighter and easier to initiate your turns with.
If you could pack these skis for anywhere in the world, where would you take them?
I love these skis for the East Coast. I think being out West and skiing long, hard runs all day, they would feel pretty demanding and I would want something a little bit wider. But, if you're on the East Coast and you're not seeing a whole lot of soft snow, these will be a really nice option because they're going to feel really stable on an icy or East Coast packed groomer or bump trail.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the QST Lux 92 is the right ski for you, chat with Charlotte or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.