2022 Salomon QST 106

Ski Stats

Sidecut 139/106/125
Radius 19m @ 181cm
Lengths 167,174,181,188
Weight 2080g @ 181 cm
MSRP $850
Power Score: 8.74
Finese Score: 8.93
One reason the QST 106 is able to impose its will on combative crud, is it isn’t as light as you might expect for the flagship of a series dedicated to off-trail travel. Although it deploys a combination of fibers as its primary structural element - which doesn’t sound heavy - its stout sidewalls and Ti plate contribute to a total weight that’s roughly average for the genre. I confess I’ve been maintaining a soft-snow-days only liaison with a QST 106 since we first met, so my bias in its favor is engrained. I’m now seeing a 181cm 106, which strikes me as the perfect blend of flotation for soft snow and grip on hard snow. Instead of dreading the latter, I find the QST 106 to be so natural and imbued with fluid fortitude that I stop noticing its width and simply ski. Even as the rpm’s ascend it stays the course, riding a laid-over edge with the confidence of a soft GS race ski. When all its scores are tallied, the QST 106 ranks as one of the three best skis in the Big Mountain genre. Salomon hasn’t made a ski this good since the legendary X-Scream. The QST 106 is the best current embodiment of Salomon’s tradition of innovation in ski design. Because of its brilliant balance between Power and Finesse virtues, we again award the QST 106 a Silver Skier Selection.
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