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Waist Width: 85
The Q-85 is the skinniest ski in the Backside All Mountain series, specializing in hardpack snow with its 85 mm waist (at 174 cm). Semi-Sandwich Sidewall construction utilizes ABS plastic, designed for edge grip and an easier, more maneuverable turning experience. Wide Edges are built to be extra durable for burlier terrain. While this ski is intended to take on occasional powder it's more so for those who spend most of their time on hardpack conditions. For something similar but wider, check out the Q-90, Q-98, Q-105, Q-Lab, and Q-115. 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.