Salomon Q-LAB (2016)


Rating: 3.03 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 104
Tip/Tail/Waist: 138-104-127
Lengths: 176,183,190

Stability at speed: 3.32 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.96 / 5
Crud performance: 3.47 / 5
Flotation: 3.59 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.57 / 5
Overall: 3.03 / 5

The Q-Lab is the second-widest ski in Salomon's Backside All Mountain series, with a 104 mm waist (at 183 cm). While this ski is designed to hold up on groomers, it's mainly intended for charging through powder and other conditions outside of the corduroy. It's also got a long, 20.5 m radius designed for big, fast turns no matter what terrain you choose. Full Sandwich Sidewall construction utilizes ABS plastic and laminates designed for a lightweight and durable profile. Double Ti Laminate utilizes two layers of titanium, designed for extra stability and powerful turns. Honeycomb Tip technology lightens the tip, designed for extra floatation and less chatter. For something similar but wider, check out the Q-115. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Q-105, 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.