Salomon QST 118 (2017)

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Salomon QST 118

Rating: 2.96 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 118
Tip/Tail/Waist: 142-118-129
Lengths: 171, 178, 185, 192

Stability at speed: 2.55 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.43 / 5
Crud performance: 2.71 / 5
Flotation: 4.11 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.76 / 5
Overall: 2.96 / 5

It’s huge but never slug- gish. Testers enjoyed the creativity of line choice and style the QST 118 inspires. An unapologeti- cally specialized powder slasher, it’s powered by a wood core reinforced with strong carbon and mellow flax, but Salomon takes care to keep the tip and tail light, loose, and manageable. On hardpack days, let it sleep in. But it knows how to have fun in deep stuff. Gleason: “Loose, quick to pivot. Light tip is easy to direct.” 

With its mega width, tip and tail rocker, and Salomon Spaceframe fine-tuning, the new QST is built for high-speed super-deep big-mountain arcing and slashing. 

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. 

Notes: With its mega width, tip and tail rocker, and Salomon Spaceframe fine-tuning, the new QST is built for high-speed super-deep big-mountain arcing and slashing. 

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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