Salomon Q-115 (2015)



Rating: 3.12 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2015
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 113
Tip/Tail/Waist: 139-113-131
Lengths: 168, 178, 188

Stability at speed: 3.04 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.74 / 5
Crud performance: 3.03 / 5
Flotation: 3.75 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.13 / 5
Overall: 3.12 / 5

The Q-115 has the fattest waist of Salomon's Quest line (at 188 cm), and, like all Quests, it's designed to blend the best pieces of "progressive" design (looseness and maneuverability) with more traditional directional stability (stiff tail and positive edge-engagement). Salomon's Utility Rocker combines floaty, shock-absorbing tip rocker (and a touch of easy-release tail rocker) with reassuring, carve-friendly camber under and behind the foot (the rocker's in about 65 percent of the ski's length). Hook Free Taper in both the tip and tail brings the widest points of the ski closer to the foot for a looser, smearier feel that isn't hooky in soft snow or crud. Salomon also consolidated the ski's mass closer to the foot by incorporating lightweight honeycomb and ABS plastic into the tip and tail to reduce swing weight and boost maneuverability. It's a metal-free, full wood-core Salomon Monocoque (structural cap) construction built for medium-stout edginess and soft-snow-loving liveliness. And its extra-wide edges are meant to withstand off-trail abuse. The Quest series (88 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance. Here's what testers say: "Easy to shred the afternoon crud lines. It's smooth and quiet, very predictable. It rolls like a Buick Electra and leaves a wake." - Bob Gleason "Really pleasant! Great turn shape and ability to change gears, all without effort." - Todd Casey "This ski was too much work and not a self-thinker. Sluggish to transition from turn to turn. In the deepest of snow it skied very well. A little more work than I wanted to do." - Tim Dyer