Salomon Q-96 Lumen (2016)

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Year: 2016
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 95
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-95-114
Lengths: 154,162,170

The Q-96 Lumen is the middle ground ski in the Women's Backside All Mountain series, equally intended for powder and hardpack with its 95 mm waist (at 162 cm). Honeycomb Tip technology lightens the tip, designed for floatation and less chatter, while Semi-Sandwich Sidewall construction utilizes ABS plastic, designed for edge grip and an easier, more maneuverable turning experience. For something similar but wider, check out the Q-103 Stella. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Q-88 Lux and Q-83 Myriad. The Women's Backside All Mountain series is comprised of four different skis ranging from 83 - 103 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 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. Wide edges are also built to be extra durable for burlier terrain. 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.