Ski: 2016-2017 Salomon QST 99, 188 cm
Available Lengths (cm): 167, 174, 181, 188
Actual Tip to Tail Length (straight tape pull): 187.2 cm
Stated Dimensions (188 cm): 140-99-122
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139-98-121
Stated Weight per Ski (181 cm): 1825 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (188 cm): 2024 & 2029
Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 19.6 meters
Core Construction: Poplar + Titanal Layer + Carbon & Flax Laminate
Tip / Tail Splay (ski decambered): 55 mm / 20 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2-3 mm
Recommended Line: -8.8 cm from center; 84.8 cm from tail
Mount Location: 1 cm behind Recommended Line
Days Skied 7
Test Location: Taos, NM
Hand flexing the QST 99, we’d sum up the flex pattern like this:
- Tips: 6
- Shovel: 7
- Underfoot: 9-10
- Tail: 8
QST: What Is It?
Salomon has shaken up their line of freeride skis, and the new series is called, “QST.”
Answer: quite different. And we’ll be saying more about that as we spend more time on the new skis.
About the QST line in general, Salomon says, “Backside skis charging off-piste are not unique. But Backside skis charging also on-piste are… They’re called QST.”
Note: “Bi-Directional” vs. “Directional”
Salomon describes the QST 118 and 106 as “Bi-directional,” and the QST 99 and 92 as “Directional.”
“Bi-Directional” to Salomon means that the skis are optimized “to perform in powder and soft snow, thanks to twin rocker and a Koroyd tip and tail.”
“Directional” is defined as, “performing in all conditions, thanks to AM Rocker, and a wood core extending into the tail.”
What they don’t note as a difference is that the 192 cm QST 118 has a recommended mount point that is only 4.65 cm behind true center, while the 188 cm QST 99’s mount point is set further back at 8.8 cm behind true center.
Re: the QST 99 in Particular…
In Salomon’s catalog, the only thing they say in particular about the QST 99 is: “Charge in any condition.”
So is the QST 99 a “charger”?
That’s a pretty interesting question, actually, and with four days on this ski, I still am working to pin it down.
Update: Our Full Review
You can now read here our full review of the QST 99
NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics