The Curated Take
I have been in love with the QST series since the start. I am a huge fan of the no-nonsense mid-flex and beefy feel. It feels substantial in the best way. That confidence-inspiring feel, added to the playful shape, allows any skier to feel ultimate control. They have added cork in the tips to minimize chatter and make some torsional changes, there is a difference since this change, for the better.
I've skied it at multiple mount points as well. I have found recommended mount points are best but can be really enjoyed at -4 back from core center mount. It skis really evenly, you can ski it neutral, forward, and a bit back seat, and it stays a blast. Oh, and you can go switch!
I've got 2 pairs of these. One for the resort and one with a pin binding. It. is. that. good.
I have tried 100's of skis, I am a sucker for time and true constructions of wood core, carbon stringers, full sidewalls, and a mid-high turn radius. Mix that with their shape, and you have a recipe for endless stoke-filled days on the hill.
Did I mention it's really, really good?
If you are an ex-racer, someone who loves some metal in the ski and wants your shred sleds to feel very alive underfoot, try it, but maybe look elsewhere. The dampness of the QST may feel sluggish to some.
If you are a skier who likes something lighter all around, this might not be the ticket either.
- Someone who likes a really fun mid-flex ski, plays and charges with the best of them.
- Best for skiers who want a really predictable ski.
- Someone who wants a real one-ski-quiver.
- It is on the heavy side.
- Skiers feel the mid-flex when pushing it really really hard.
- The turn radius is larger than some skis in this category.
The Salomon QST 106 is a free ride oriented ski that shines in deep snow and off-piste conditions, while still having plenty of hard snow capabilities to function as a great daily driver on the west coast, or for advanced skiers who prioritize powder and off trail performance. 106mm underfoot, with a long tapered rocker in the tips and tails, this ski is made to conquer deep snow and big mountain lines with confidence. With added Carbon, flax, and titanal they have precise handling and easy turn initiation, making them playful over the entire mountain.
- Poplar Wood Core – Salomon build the QST line around a full Poplar wood core. This creates a lively and stable ski that helps minimize vibrations.
- Cork Damplifier and C/FX – In addition to the Poplar wood core, Salomon adds cork in the tips and tails to help further reduce chatter, and use a layer of blended Carbon and Flax materials through the ski to increase torsional stiffness and stability at speed.
- TI Binding Reinforcement – Titanal is added edge to edge in the center of the ski to increase edge grip and carving performance without adding unnecessary weight.
- Full Sandwich Sidewalls – Full length sidewalls, with added high density ABS material underfoot, maximizes hard snow performance and edge grip through the camber of the ski.