Salomon Q-105 (2016)

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2016 Salomon Q-105

Rating: 3.07 / 5
Price: $725.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 105
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-105-128
Lengths: 167,174,181,188

Stability at speed: 2.73 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.58 / 5
Crud performance: 2.90 / 5
Flotation: 3.64 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.11 / 5
Overall: 3.07 / 5

Perhaps more than any other ski in the category, the Q-105 remembers skiing is supposed to be fun. Never overly demanding or difficult to steer, it's an easygoing companion that inspires confidence in situations where you might once have lacked it. Its agility makes darting through trees a joy, but it's not so light it's nervous. Heavy-footed testers were surprised at the pounding it could take. Gleason: "Good hold, yet still light to the touch. Nice float, easy schmear. A big ski for everyday use."

NOTES: The Q-105 is a middle ground ski in Salomon's Backside All Mountain series, with a 105 mm waist. While this ski is designed to hold up on groomers, it's mainly intended for charging through powder and other conditions away from the corduroy. It's also got a long, 23.3 m radius designed for big and fast turns no matter what terrain you choose. Honeycomb Tip technology lightens the tip and tail, designed for floatation and less chatter. If you ski a lot of powder but also find yourself skiing some groomers now and then, this is a great option for you from Salomon. For something similar but wider, check out the Q-115 and Q-Lab. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Q-98, Q-90, and Q-85.

The Backside All Mountain series is comprised of six different skis ranging from 85 - 115 mm underfoot. Each ski has its own specialty, but they all share an intention to shred all over the mountain and provide lots of fun. Full Woodcore is built in to give the ski stability and reduce chatter and Utility Rocker that lifts the tip and tail up and off the ground, intended for floatation, absorption, and edge grip. Hook Free Taper additionally moves the ski's widest points slightly away from the tip and tail and towards the binding, designed for better turn initiation and reduced hooking, especially in powder and other conditions outside the groomers. If you like to ski a little bit of everything, this is one of Salomon's best series for you.

Salomon, based in Annecy, France, was founded in 1947. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah.