The Salomon QST Lumen 99 is a super versatile women’s all mountain ski that takes design elements from wider, more freeride and powder oriented skis and packs them into a narrower platform that’s more appropriate on firmer snow conditions. The Lumen 99 has, you guessed it, a 99 mm waist width. Its construction is made up of an inverted wood core, Salomon’s CFX Superfiber, and a Ti Backbone. This creates a ski that’s impressively lightweight while still having plenty of responsiveness, energy, and stability thanks to the CFX weave of carbon and flax and the centralized strip of metal. A 99 mm waist ski should essentially be able to do a little bit of everything and many skiers are drawn to this category for its unmatched versatility. The Salomon QST line has developed a reputation for outstanding performance in soft snow, how does the Lumen 99 live up to it? All our testers skied the 167 cm length.
Carly Monahan called it “ripping.” She went on to describe the QST Lumen 99 as “great in deeper soft snow. It’s easy to trust it to hold and stay under me when cranking up the speed in these softer conditions.” Once again it would seem a ski in the QST collection boasts excellent performance in soft snow, and honestly we’re not surprised. On firmer snow, however, Carly again complimented the ski, saying that it “seemed to hold an edge on firmer snow as well.” Although she thought it did quite well on firm snow, Carly did think softer snow conditions were really the bread and butter of the QST Lumen 99. “With its waist width, it would be more at home off-piste or in softer snow conditions” when compared to firm snow performance. This isn’t overly surprising, as it corresponds with our reactions to the QST 99 last season during our full review. Carly ended her comments by saying that the QST Lumen 99 “felt light and lively, while still being solid and reliable.”
Karly Acker agreed that the QST Lumen 99 was best in softer snow conditions. She thought it was a “fun ski” that can “totally charge on soft powder.” While Karly did think the ski outperformed itself in soft snow, she admitted it wasn’t a slouch on firm snow, just a little bit lighter than she would prefer. Karly has an alpine race background and often is on skis with more metal, so her response makes a lot of sense: “Was not bad on hard icy groomers besides the slight chatter from being so light weight.”
Ali Berlin agreed that the QST Lumen 99 is a “fun ski” and did admit that the “tips chatter a little bit,” but high speed, firm snow performance really isn’t the focus of the QST Lumen 99. Ali thought they “handled well at high speeds in the chop. Very stable and easy to turn.” Ali thought one of the highlights of the QST Lumen 99 was its versatility and ability to ski the whole mountain. She commented that they were “made for an advanced skier looking to ski the entire mountain. I didn’t go on bumps, but they would perform nicely I’m sure.”
If you’re a woman looking for an all mountain ski with a bit of a focus on softer snow conditions you should absolutely be considering the QST Lumen 99. Pretty much every testers that tried the Lumen 99 called it a “fun ski” and everyone thought it did absolutely great in soft snow. Super aggressive skiers that ski really fast may want something with more metal, but we think those skiers are few and far between and that most women looking to enjoy soft snow and off-piste terrain on an all mountain ski will fall in love with the QST Lumen 99.