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Salomon QST 106 (2017)

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Salomon QST 106

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Rating: 3.43 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 106
Tip/Tail/Waist: 140-106-126
Lengths: 167, 174, 181, 188

Stability at speed: 3.04 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.74 / 5
Crud performance: 3.37 / 5
Flotation: 3.99 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.83 / 5
Overall: 3.43 / 5

Salomon’s QST line debuts to high praise. The 106—one of the wider skis tested—puts up its highest scores in powder. The wood core is carbon- reinforced, but Salomon tapers the core tip and tail, replacing the wood there with a honeycomb of air pockets. And the carbon is tempered by flax, so it’s not brittle. It’s smeary in soft snow but a pretty snappy carver as well. Date: “Can be skied flat and jibby, but it’s solid on edge too.” 

A 106-mm waist equips the new Salomon QST 106 for all but the deepest days, but also offers sufficient quickness and carvability for everyday skiing, lift-served or otherwise, in soft-snow locations.

It's part of the new QST series of men's freeride skis, which replaces both the Quest and Rocker2 collections of years past in a single broad series. The QSTs are a showcase for Salomon's Spaceframe construction. There are five models, ranging from a big-mountain-surfing 118 mm down to an affordable 85-mm frontsider. Salomon builds in plenty of power: All models are wood-core, and a layer of CFX Superfiber (twitchy carbon mellowed by flax) adds energy. But the Spaceframe layup can be tuned to different needs at different widths. In the wider skis (118 and 106), the core is shortened and narrowed to allow some surf-friendly flex both longitudinally and laterally (Bi-Directional Spaceframe). Where the core ends, airy koroyd honeycomb inserts take over tip and tail, reducing swing weight. In frontside skis (99 and 92), the core is full-sized for maximum edge support and energy transmission (Directional Spaceframe). The two widest models are rockered tip and tail, for maximum float and drift; the frontsiders are tip-rockered for shock-absorption and occasional deep-snow encounters. The top three models (99 and up) get a layer of metal in the binding area for both durability and a little extra power. Hook Free Taper (the widest points of the ski are moved closer to the foot) promotes a loose quickness in all models. All models are sold flat (no binding).

Salomon has been headquartered in Annecy, France, since its founding there in 1947. Along with sister brands Atomic and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 2005. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C. A 106-mm waist equips the new Salomon QST 106 for all but the deepest days, but also offers sufficient quickness and carvability for everyday skiing, lift-served or otherwise, in soft-snow locations.

Notes: It's part of the new QST series of men's freeride skis, which replaces both the Quest and Rocker2 collections of years past in a single broad series. The QSTs are a showcase for Salomon's Spaceframe construction. There are five models, ranging from a big-mountain-surfing 118 mm down to an affordable 85-mm frontsider. Salomon builds in plenty of power: All models are wood-core, and a layer of CFX Superfiber (twitchy carbon mellowed by flax) adds energy. But the Spaceframe layup can be tuned to different needs at different widths. In the wider skis (118 and 106), the core is shortened and narrowed to allow some surf-friendly flex both longitudinally and laterally (Bi-Directional Spaceframe). Where the core ends, airy koroyd honeycomb inserts take over tip and tail, reducing swing weight. In frontside skis (99 and 92), the core is full-sized for maximum edge support and energy transmission (Directional Spaceframe). The two widest models are rockered tip and tail, for maximum float and drift; the frontsiders are tip-rockered for shock-absorption and occasional deep-snow encounters. The top three models (99 and up) get a layer of metal in the binding area for both durability and a little extra power. Hook Free Taper (the widest points of the ski are moved closer to the foot) promotes a loose quickness in all models. All models are sold flat (no binding).

Salomon has been headquartered in Annecy, France, since its founding there in 1947. Along with sister brands Atomic and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 2005. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C. 

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