Salomon Quest-103 Stella (2014)


Rating: 2.86 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2014
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 122
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130-103-122
Lengths: 158, 165, 172, 179

Stability at speed: 2.49 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.19 / 5
Crud performance: 2.84 / 5
Flotation: 3.69 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.16 / 5
Overall: 2.86 / 5

Salomon-loving women can go wider if they choose with the Rockette (115 mm), but the new 103-waisted Stella offers plenty of powder-ready buoyancy without sacrificing everyday versatility. Like all models in the new Quest series, it's designed to blend the best attributes of "progressive" design (looseness, maneuverability) with more traditional directional stability (stiff tail, positive edge-engagement). Salomon's Utility Rocker combines floaty, shock-absorbing tip rocker (and a touch of easy-release tail rocker) with reassuring, carve-friendly camber under and behind the foot (in all about 65 percent of the ski's length). Salomon works to consolidate the ski's mass closer to the foot by incorporating lightweight honeycomb structures into the tip and tail to reduce swing weight and enhance maneuverability and quickness. It's a metal-free, full wood-core Salomon Monocoque (structural cap) construction built for medium-stout edginess and soft-snow-loving liveliness. Extra-wide edges withstand off-trail abuse. Fans of the French brand will notice that Salomon significantly consolidates its line for 2013-14, eliminating redundant models (including several BBRs and the narrower Rocker/Rockettes) and focusing on two key freeskiing lines, Rocker2 and the new Quest family. While the Rocker2 skis (widths of 108 to 122 mm) still offer a more newschool, looser, twin-tip type of performance, the Quest series (88 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance. Meanwhile, the hard-snow/carve-oriented Enduro line, a tester favorite for frontside applications, returns with East- and groomer-friendly 80 and 85 mm waists.