The Salomon QST 99 is sort of a blend of the old Quest line and the Rckr 2 line. The end result is a ski that feels moderately playful and maneuverable, while still being solid taking high speed turns. It’s a ski that we found to be very versatile and will probably be a daily driver for a lot of different skiers. Although, its not quite as light weight, it’s a ski that reminds me a bit of the Volkl 90Eight. It’s playful and maneuverable, but edgy and fun to carve.
Salomon QST 99 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Atomic Warden 13
Riders: Brian and Matt
Conditions: 6″ Fresh, Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Trees
Ski Personality: The Salomon QST 99 is a semi-playful, semi-edgy all mountain ski that holds up well on variable snow off piste.
On the Snow Feel: I would classify the QST 99 as a semi-stable ski. On edge it was stable and damp, but at lower edge angles the ski did feel quite maneuverable.
Powder: It’s important to remember that when we talk about powder performance of a ski that is 99mm underfoot to keep things relative. Of course this ski isn’t going to surf or float like the QST 118, but for the size and category, we were pretty impressed with how well the QST 99 held up in deeper snow. The tip is softer than underfoot, and does a nice job planing to the surface of the snow. The rocker in tip and tail also keep the ski surprisingly more maneuverable than expected. The end result is a 99mm waist ski that feels kind of surfy and slashy in deep snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I’ve really come to love skis that blend a playful feel with enough torsional stiffness to provide power and stability on edge. The softer tip and moderate rocker line ease initiation and transitioning from edge to edge is smooth and predictable. The ski doesn’t feel like it has a ton of power, but there is enough rigidity underfoot to feel stable at higher speeds. Both Brian and I skied the 188cm, which for us was a bit longer. It was harder to make short radius turns, but we did still notice that the ski was willing to break free and vary turn shape. At the same time, the ski wanted to be on edge and run a little faster and straighter. It really was a nice blend of power and edginess, with maneuverability and smeariness.
Speed: The Salomon QST 99 certainly felt solid at speed, but this isn’t necessarily a hard charger. There are skis that are plenty more stable and damp, and that have a more directional feel. However, the QST 99 feels surprisingly damp given the weight and feel of the ski. Especially in the 188cm, Brian and I both found we could open things up and just let the skis run.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: At 99 underfoot, the Salomon QST 99 is certainly capable on the groomed terrain, but it seems to excel in variable terrain off piste. The ski has all sorts of “fancy” technology with fun names, most of which sound like marketing gimmicks. However, there is proof in the performance. The QST 99 is actually a lot of fun in variable tracked out snow. The ski is maneuverable and easy to pivot, lending a sort of playful, smeary, feel. We found it easy to vary turn shape and easy to pivot over or around chopped up snow. At the same time, the ski feels torsionally rigid and able to cut through variable snow at high speeds. It didn’t seem to matter a ton if we were on edge or bases flat, the ski did really well absorbing the terrain. Sure, it’s not a crud buster, and you’re probably not going to just blast through anything in your way, but this ski is certainly capable in variable snow off piste.
Bottom Line: It seems as if a lot of companies are still searching for that quiver of one ski. For Salomon, it may just be the QST 99. This is a ski that blends smeary playfulness, with stability and edginess. It feels perfectly at home off piste, and yet has the carving ability for on piste. I liked the versatility of this ski a lot, and feel like many people will be able to use it as a daily driver. It was fun and playful, and yet when we decided to open it up the ski held up well. It’s not overly energetic or powerful, but still does a nice job holding an edge and completing a turn. It didn’t blow us away n any one area, but is quite well rounded.
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