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Salomon QST Lumen 99 (2017)

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Salomon QST Lumen 99

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Rating: 3.55 / 5
Price: $725.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 99
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-99-118
Lengths: 159, 167, 174

Stability at speed: 3.85 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.69 / 5
Crud performance: 3.69 / 5
Flotation: 3.18 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.66 / 5
Overall: 3.55 / 5

The Lumen, testers’ favorite Salomon, comes to play, with an easygoing nature that abides the mistakes of lesser-skilled skiers. But it packs a punch, too, with excellent hard-snow skills and an eagerness to rail on hard- pack. Only one ski beat it for Balance of Skills. And check out its Overall Impression score: There’s a fun factor that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Humes: “A wonderful bal- ance between aggressive and forgiving.”

For women who have warmed to the benefits of fatness, will welcome the 99-mm width of Salomon's new QST Lumen 99 for everyday skiing-and frequent powder forays-in Western locations. For flotation in deep snow, it lacks only the extra 7 mm of the Stella 106, while a stiffer tails gives it more turn-finishing snap on hardpack.

It's the second fattest model in the new QST series of women's freeride skis, which replaces both the Quest and Rocker2 collections of years past in a single broad series ranging from 106 (QST Stella) down to 85 mm (QST Myriad). The QSTs are a showcase for Salomon's Spaceframe construction. Salomon builds in plenty of power: All models are wood-core, and a layer of CFX Superfiber (a weave of twitchy carbon mellowed by flax) adds energy. The Spaceframe layup method allows skis to be tuned to different needs at different widths. In the powder-ready 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 the frontside skis (99 and 92), the core extends to the tail, for secure turn finishes on flat snow (Directional Spaceframe). The 106 is rockered tip and tail, for maximum float and drift; the frontsiders are tip-rockered for shock-absorption and occasional deep-snow encounters. The top two 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: For women who have warmed to the benefits of fatness, will welcome the 99-mm width of Salomon's new QST Lumen 99 for everyday skiing-and frequent powder forays-in Western locations. For flotation in deep snow, it lacks only the extra 7 mm of the Stella 106, while a stiffer tails gives it more turn-finishing snap on hardpack.

It's the second fattest model in the new QST series of women's freeride skis, which replaces both the Quest and Rocker2 collections of years past in a single broad series ranging from 106 (QST Stella) down to 85 mm (QST Myriad). The QSTs are a showcase for Salomon's Spaceframe construction. Salomon builds in plenty of power: All models are wood-core, and a layer of CFX Superfiber (a weave of twitchy carbon mellowed by flax) adds energy. The Spaceframe layup method allows skis to be tuned to different needs at different widths. In the powder-ready 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 the frontside skis (99 and 92), the core extends to the tail, for secure turn finishes on flat snow (Directional Spaceframe). The 106 is rockered tip and tail, for maximum float and drift; the frontsiders are tip-rockered for shock-absorption and occasional deep-snow encounters. The top two 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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