2018 Salomon QST 99 Skis 2018 Salomon QST 99 Skis

2018 Salomon QST 99 Skis

The Salomon QST 99 splits their All Mountain Freeride category perfectly in half. With two wider skis and two narrower skis, the QST 99 is arguably the most versatile of the bunch. It uses a rocker, camber, rocker profile, some subtle early taper in the tips and tails, Salomon’s CFX Superfiber (carbon and flax woven together), and a strip of titanal running down the center of the ski to increase vibration dampening and stability. Since its introduction the QST 99 has developed a following among skiers who like to seek out soft snow. While it’s not the widest ski in the world, its shape borrows design elements from much wider, powder oriented skis and we’ve found the result to be quite enjoyable. What did our testers think? Find out below.

David Wolfgang had an interesting perspective as he had just returned from skiing in Colorado and Utah. “Having just returned from a ski trip out west I noticed a lot of QST 99 on the slopes. Now I know why. It’s a light, quick, and versatile ski with easy turn initiation and great cruise-ability.” While there are more powerful skis in this waist width category (think skis with more metal) the QST 99 has a very smooth, relaxed feel. The flax in the CFX Superfiber actually adds some nice vibration dampening that goes along with the metal in the center of the ski. The result is a ski that really is quite forgiving and smooth consider its impressively light weight. But what if you want to do more than just cruise? The QST 99 slashes, smears, and pivots so easily you can play down the entire mountain.

Jamie Bisbee certainly seemed to enjoy this aspect of the QST 99 giving it high scores for floatation, playfulness, forgiveness, versatility, and overall impression. Both Jamie and David tested the 181 cm QST 99. He described it as “a personal soft snow favorite for short to medium turns.” Because it’s relatively light and relatively easy to ski, Jamie thought it would be “ideal for an advanced intermediate looking for a ski that exceeds their expectations.” We think that’s a good way to describe the ski. Super aggressive experts may want something heavier, but more playful, less aggressive, and more intermediate oriented skiers will love the usability and performance of the QST 99.

Joe Cutts took out the 188 cm and thought the QST 99 felt most at home in soft snow. Joe is a relatively big skier who would benefit from a ski with more metal and increased stability. He did mention that he didn’t think the QST 99 was for him because it was so light, but he thought it “would be at its best in deep soft powder, where a light-touch can achieve higher speed without feeling overmatched.” If you’ve skied a ~100 mm waist all mountain ski with two sheets of metal (there are quite a few of them) and enjoyed its performance, like Joe the QST 99 might not be for you. Anyone who finds skis like that a little bit on the heavy, tiring side, however, will be psyched with the QST 99.

Our 150 lbs. Chairlift Chat editor skied a 181 cm QST 99 last season and found that it worked great for someone his size. After putting it on the feet of a wide range of skiers it’s become clear that the QST 99 is suitable for lightweight and/or less aggressive and playful skiers. You can be a big guy and like it, but it responds better to less aggressive skiing. You can be lightweight and charge on it, but big guys looks to ski fast and aggressively will want more metal. Ultimately it’s incredible maneuverable, super playful, and is one of the more powder-oriented skis in the crowded ~100 mm category.

Testers

Brooks Curran Ski Tester Headshot Image

Brooks Curran

Age: 23Height: 6'2"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

David Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

David Wolfgang

Age: 65Height: 6'3"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

Jamie Bisbee Ski Tester Headshot Image

Jamie Bisbee

Age: 43Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and Furious, like the movie

Joe Cutts Ski Tester Headshot Image

Joe Cutts

Age: 54Height: 6'3"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Heavy-footed, a little reckless, bumps, trees, beer league

16 Comments on the “2018 Salomon QST 99 Skis”

    1. Hi Emerson!
      Same ski for those years. The 2019 got some extra Basalt for power, and the 2020 is a total re-design with a different shape and build. They’ve progressively gotten burlier and more versatile over the years. Have fun!
      SE

  1. I am 183 cm – 88 kg – 53 yrs and currently ski on 2 totally different skies; The Salomon Rocker2 100 (178 cm) and the Atomic Redster Doubledeck SL (171 cms). The Rocker I use most of the time off piste and on piste, The Atomic only when conditions/plans require as this is a real piste ski. I usually ski in Europe (Verbiers / St Anton) and so now and then I find myself in the US or Canada for heli-skiing.

    My style is aggressive, on piste I prefer short cuts and steep terrain with buckles. Off piste it can be anything but prefer steep terrain. I like the rocker a lot, it floats quit easy off piste and also on piste it rides well. Only on very hard/icy pistes the grip is less.

    Since the Rocker is up for renewal I was wondering if the QST99 would be a good option in 181 cms. And what would be the preferred one, 2018 or 2019 model or even 2020 if there is one yet.

    Thanks very much !

    1. Hi Martin!
      The 99 is a great choice to replace the Rocker2. They’re a bit more directional and with more power, but you should be able to figure it out pretty quickly. The 2018-2019 are the same, while the 2020 is re-designed with a shorter turn radius but a more stable overall feel. I prefer the 2020 for sure over the previous models, but they’re all pretty sweet. Also check out the Atomic Bent Chetler 100 for a more similar ski to the Rocker2 in terms of flex. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Hello, I am in the market for a new pair of skis. I am a 29 year old male, 6’1 200lbs. I have been skiing for 25 years. I ski mainly in Tahoe and Mammoth with the occasional trip to CO and UT. I ski groomers to bowls without any problems. I am stuck between the 92s and the 99s and also stuck on proper length. Open to any and all suggestions (also open to options outside of the 92s and 99s).

    1. Hi Ryan!

      Considering where you live and where you ski, I’d go 99. The 99 is still a blast on firm snow, and it’s much more capable when things get soft and deep than the 92. For length, I’d go 181 cm. That should be relatively manageable for your size, while still delivering good stability at speed and good float for the deep stuff. I’m a big fan of the QST 99, go for it!

      SE

  3. Hi guys,

    I am in the market for some new skis. I am an advanced skier who spends about 60% of the time off-piste, in trees and powder when available but still want to be able to get up to high speed when I am on piste. I am in Idaho but will spend an occasional trip to Montana or Colorado each year. I am 5’8″ and 165#. Currently skiing Rossignol Sprayer 158’s. Want something with a wider waist, thinking the 92-99mm range. I’ve looked at the QST 99 and they really appeal to me due to the versatility. I’m also considering the Fischer Ranger 98 and Rossignol Sky 7. I recently did a demo of the QST 106 at 174cm and they just felt a little big for tight turns, although they ripped the powder we had that day. What would you recommend as far as the ski is concerned? Also, what length?
    Thanks for your help!

    Todd

    1. Hi Todd!
      It’s tough because when you ski a QST 106 in powder, you don’t really want to do much else! The 99 will be a lot more versatile, and the Ranger is a fantastic all-mountain ski. The Sky is more of a short-turner, but it’s excellent in the trees. I’d go with either the Ranger or the QST 99. The Ranger will give you better on-trail performance while the QST will be a stronger soft snow performer. I think the low 170 to high 160 cm range would be appropriate for you with these skis. Have fun!
      SE

  4. I’m looking at the 167cm 2019 QST 99s. I’m female, 165cm, and 150lbs. I’m an expert skier looking for an all-mountain ski to mount with some touring bindings. I’m look for a ski that will be able to handle a variety of conditions but is manoeuvrable and playful and will mostly be used in the backcountry. What’s the difference between this ski and the Lumen 99s? Thanks in advance!!

    1. Hi Gerry!
      They’re the same ski, just with different graphics and sizing options. For 2019, the QST Lumen and QST 99 both received a Basalt layer to boost performance. The 2018 is lighter and more maneuverable while the 2019 is slightly heavier with more stability at speed. If you’re going touring, I’d think the 2018 would be a better choice. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hey!

    I’ve been looking around a bit on different sites for my first skies. I’m 21, weight 168lbs and i don’t really know how to define myself as a skier. Apart from not really knowing alot when it comes to equipment, it’s hard for me to look into it if I’m not really sure how I ski. I’ve been skiing since i was 4 I’m pretty sure i can ski half decent but i don’ t really know if it’s aggressive or playful. All these reviews are based on those terms but I’m not sure where i fit in exactly. The “all-mountain ski” seems perfect for me, since i ski on both slopes and off slope. But more between slopes and from time to time freeriding but not alot. I think this ski fits me but I’m not really sure so i wanted to ask for your opinion. I don’t think i’m an expert at all but I do plan on doing a ski instructor course next year but i like to have my own skies by then. Great review btw 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi MG!
      The QST 99 is certainly a good option! It’s not too difficult of a ski to advance on, but also has a high-performance ceiling, so you can grow into it, skill-wise. The 2018 is lighter and more maneuverable than the 2019 version which is a bit stiffer and more stable. If you can find a 2018, I’d recommend that version for you. Have fun!
      SE

  6. Hi there! Great site and been relying a ton for my research into a new set of skis.

    I am 37, 5’6″, 175 lbs, advanced intermediate to expert who likes to ski Tahoe and Mammoth. For this season, I’m looking for a good 50/50 frontside and BC ski that I can log a lot of time with before purchasing a dedicated touring ski. At that point, I’d move this ski to a dedicated frontside ski, or swap out for a better charger like the Mantra. End of season goals is to ski Mt. Shasta.

    I have Dalbello Lupo AX120 boots, which I’ve been taking them to the back bowls of Sugar Bowl the past few weekend on rental touring skis. The boots are working really well for me, and now its time to complete the set up.

    Skis I’ve liked in the past have been the Volkl Mantra, Kendo, and K2 Shreditor (102). Been on the Enforcer 100 which I didn’t enjoy as much. For downhill, I like the 170-175 length.

    Really looking for a nice entry level all-mountain ski to grow and get better with before really shelling out for separate dedicated touring and frontside skis.

    I’m deliberating between the 2018 Salomon QST 99 (174cm) and 2018 Volkl 90eight (170cm), which for perfect for my goals at the moment. I’m also intrigued by 2019 Bent Chetler 100 (172cm). I’ll be fitting them with marker kingpin 13 bindings (but open to the Salomon Shift if safety is improved considering the extra weight). Budget-wise, these are all in the ballpark of where I want to be for skis at the moment.

    I gather there are more similarities than differences between these three, and hoping to get a sense of the nuances to come to a final decision. Also open to any suggestions on length or width or other skis that I should be considering.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi DC!

      To start, let’s compare those skis. The Bent Chetler 100 is far and away the softest flexing of the bunch. It’s exceptionally playful and a lot of fun in soft snow, but can leave something to be desired on firm snow or when skiing fast and aggressively. As a touring ski, it’s more of a soft-snow-specific touring ski than anything else. The 90Eight is actually quite stiff, and is pretty lightweight too. That gives it a very responsive, quick feel, but it can also get deflected sometimes because it’s so responsive. The QST 99 kind of blends the two, although probably leans more towards the 90Eight. Not quite as responsive, but still responds quickly to skier input. On the other hand, it’s a little smoother and has slightly better vibration damping than the 90Eight.

      If you don’t mind a little extra weight, I think the QST 99 and a Shift is an absolutely killer setup. The Shift is going to be a little safer on the descents compared to the Kingpin. The Kingpin is great, but it’s closer to a traditional tech binding than an alpine binding. The Shift, on the other hand, essentially gives you the performance of an alpine binding, but the ability to tour. In my opinion, if you don’t mind the extra weight, it’s worth it.

      Overall, I would say either a 90Eight with a Kingpin or a QST 99 with a Shift would be the way to go, depending on how much weight you’re willing to sacrifice and how much alpine performance you’re looking for.

      For length, I think you’re pretty much spot on for your size in an AT ski.

      Let us know if you have any more questions, happy to chat more about it.

      SE

  7. I own this ski and as a 175lb. Advanced skier, it became my favorite western ski. Yes, the 99 likes softer snow, but for an accomplished skier whom skis hard and fast, this is very solid ski. Having skied the 2017 ski of the year at the same western resort last year, I found that the QST 99’s flax/carbon reinforced shovel did not flap around like a boiled noodle at 40+ mph. I would agree there are better models for hardback skiing heavier people but the lightweight, narrow titanal strip with that awesome flax/carbon shovel is the best ski I’ve found for soft snow.

    1. Great feedback! We agree. While the QST 99 does love soft snow, it’s certainly not a noodle and can hold an edge impressively well for such a fun, playful ski.

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