|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Ski Style||All-Mountain Frontside|
|On Snow Feel|
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Salomon QST 92 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
I really liked the Salomon QST 92 because it has a light-weight playful feel, and yet has enough power, stability, and dampness to push it a bit harder. I think it could be a really good ski for all-mountain front-side skiers that want to spend a good amount of time carvers groomers at speed, but also want a ski that is able to be taken off piste into soft snow, and have a bit of fun with. It’s not a pure carver, nor is it a hard charger, but rather it’s a super versatile ski with a fun blend of liveliness, power, stability, and energy.
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Conditions: Groomed, Hard Pack, Soft Chop, Tracked Out, Bumps
Ski Personality: The Salomon QST 92 is a fun, maneuverable, lively, and playful carver.
On the Snow Feel: I think the Salomon QST 92 is a nice blend of stability and playfulness. On edge it’s a pretty edgy carver, but at slower speeds and edge angles it’s easy to maneuver and pivot.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Salomon QST 92 has a lightweight, semi-playful, and easy going feel to it, that makes it feel quite easy to maneuver and pivot the ski. At slower speeds, I feel like the ski had solid responsiveness, and I could get the ski to do what I wanted. It does come alive at speed, and I found that it was really pretty easy to get on edge. The transition isn’t overly quick, but very smooth. I found that I could drive the ski well, and getting it to bend wasn’t overly difficult. Best of all, the rebound energy was fun and exciting. It doesn’t feel like a pure carver, but it certainly felt capable of making some really fun medium radius turns at speed. The ski was locked in well enough that I never felt like I was going to wash out. At the same time, it was really easy to vary turn shape or scrub speed when necessary.
Speed: I thought the Salomon QST 92 was solid at speed. It does have a lightweight feel, and it’s maybe not as damp as some of the more burly skis, but it still held up pretty well when pushing hard. At speed, the ski was better on edge. I found it really felt locked in, and there was enough torsional stiffness that I could carve pretty hard. At lower edge angles, the ski was a bit more unstable at speed. Not necessarily in a bad way, it just felt looser. I actually really found myself enjoying the feel, but if high speed and long radius arcs are your thing, you’ll want to keep it on a higher edge angle.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I actually really liked the feel of the Salomon QST 92 in tracked out snow, as long as it wasn’t super deep. The tip just seemed to do a really good job of smoothing out terrain, and even getting it on edge in deep chop wasn’t overly difficult. I did find myself slowing down a bit if the snow get really deep, and it was a bit more of a challenge to maneuver. Still, the ski did a decent job in shallow chop. I never really noticed tip deflection and I had no trouble maneuvering through or over the piles of snow. Is this ski a crud buster, no, but is it capable in variable snow, yes.
Edge Hold: I found the edge hold to be pretty solid. There was a precise and knife-like feel to the ski on smooth groomers. It wouldn’t be my ice ski, but for harder groomers it was perfectly fine.
Bottom Line: I think people that want solid precision, responsiveness, energy, and pop will like the Salomon QST 92, especially if you also like a maneuverable and semi-playful feel. This isn’t a pure carver, nor is it a burly charger. Instead, it’s a really nice blend of easy going playfulness, and knife-like precision. Get it on edge and rail energetic turns, or loosen it up and make some smeary, playful skidded turns. It actually remind me a bit of a lighter Supernatural. They are both semi-playful carvers with a lot of energy. The Supernatural is a bit better at short radius, and a bit quicker, while the QST is better in long radius and more knife-like in precision. Both are equally playful and poppy, but I’d probably give the edge to the Supernatural for stability. Still, both are great skis and could easily be used as a daily driver in areas that see a bit less soft snow, and a bit more hard pack.
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