2020 Salomon QST Lux 92

The redesigned 2020 Salomon QST Lux 92 still feels like the good old version, just a bit snappier and more fun. With a lighter weight, lighter feel, and quicker turning, the QST Lux 92 is an all-mountain favorite. Salomon combined a full-length poplar core with a ti power platform underfoot. They also added a carbon, flax, and basalt laminate to increase power, but not weight. The cork added to the tip and tail makes the ski very maneuverable and vibration-free. With a 17-meter turn radius at the 169 cm length, the skis can make a bunch of different turn shapes, and the 92 mm waist width is just about perfect in terms of a one-ski quiver. They carve as well as float, and our testers loved the natural feel and poise of the 2020 Salomon QST Lux 92.

Lauren Lepage skied the 169 and loved the size. She gave the ski all 4’s out of 5 with the exception of playfulness. This type of across-the-board scoring is indicative of a versatile ski, which is exactly what Salomon has aimed for with the new Lux 92. “This ski was maneuverable and offered easy, smooth turns on-piste. I really had fun on them—they absorbed every bump and turn!” Salomon does a great job making skis that you don’t really have to think about. They have an “automatic” type of feeling, and that’s what Lauren is picking up on here.

Kristi Brown skied the 177 and loved the size (and the rest of the ski, too). All 5’s for Kristi in the scoring for the Lux 92. “Last ski in this category and super-fun! I’m loving the big tip with a buttery entry. Loved the size and the ski was crazy-versatile for being so long.” It’s a nice way to say that for a ski this size, it moves very well.

Ariel Aidala skied the 161 and found it to feel a bit short. “A lot of tip made this ski seem pretty short. A bit floppy at times in the tip but easy maneuvering. For how big the tips are, the ski is pleasantly damp underfoot for good control. With that wider tip, these skis should perform well for an intermediate to advanced skiers in a little powder.” Ariel also conceded that the skis felt “flowy.” Nice.

Also on the 161, Jana Ross loved everything about the Lux 92, scoring it 5 of 5 in all categories. “This ski is super-easy to enjoy. Very playful and easy turning without having to move hard. It’s a real joy in bumps as short turns are really no problem here. Plus, it feels pretty light so you can go all day without your legs tiring out on you.” Great point by Jana here, noting that they’re a natural and easy ski to like. From moguls to groomers, the Lux 92 can do it all with ease.

Annie MacDonald skied the 177 and found that length to be “perfect.” She scored it 5’s out of 5 for stability, edge hold, versatility, and overall impression. That sounds like a winning combination to us! “Great way to start the day! Smooth like butter! Solid ski! Held well in big GS turns and still had maneuverability. Overall a great ski for a variety of people and conditions.” Annie makes a compelling argument for the QST Lux 92 being that one-ski quiver that you do not have to think about too hard, it just does what you tell it to do.

The overwhelming response of a confidence-boosting, fun-loving ski puts the 2020 Salomon QST Lux 92 in a rare category. Salomon does throw a lot of different materials into the ski, but it somehow comes out working really well. We’re not complaining.

Testers

Danielle Nichols

Age: 42Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast fall line ripper

Annie MacDonald

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

Jana Ross

Age: 42Height: 5'8"Weight: 142 lbs.

Ski Style: Silky-smooth and deliberate with styles for miles

Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Lauren Lepage

Age: 28Height: 5'5"Weight: 145 lbs.

Ski Style: Half snowboarder, half skier, all fun!

4 Comments on the “2020 Salomon QST Lux 92”

  1. Hi guys,

    How would you compare this (177cm) to a Santa Ana 88 (172cm)?

    I’m an intermediate skier who just needs to build my confidence and take my skiing to the next level. I don’t really go for charging but like to cruise around, go just off the edges of the piste into the powder when its there, but I need something that can cope with the icy mornings and chopped up afternoons whilst supporting me as I progress. I’m happy cruising on blues and greens and will have a go on reds and some blacks. I don’t want anything too fatiguing or anything that may bite me and put me off.

    I’m 177 and 59kg.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Delia!
      Sounds like you’re describing a QST Lux 92 to me. The Santa Ana is a lot more demanding due to the dual-metal laminate while the QST is a bit more forgiving, but still has power and stability. Overall, the QST has a broader range of performance attributes while the Santa Ana is kind of locked in to that upper-tier of performance. That said, the Santa Ana will cope with the ice better due to the narrower waist and stiffer flex. I’d go QST. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Trying to decide on this v. other options (Elan Rip 88 or 94 or ??) for my wife for Christmas

    Intermediate skier slowly trying to get to advanced. still building confidence and speed,
    5’2, 110 lbs without ski clothes.
    Midwest home, but with 10+ days of Western trips a year.
    Already skiing Flairs here for Midwest so really this would be for snowdays here and travel out west.

    Thoughts on this ski for her? And really, length 153 v 161? she’s currently skiing shorter due to her intermediate ability, but I’m hoping she will grow into these and worried the 153 is too short over time…

    Thank you

    1. Mike,
      It sounds like you know the feel of the QST–nice and easy ski, but can be cranked up when desired. Versus the Elans, the Salomon is a bit heavier, but you do get a more supple and stable feel. I have found that the Ripsticks prefer to be on edge and engaged more so than the QST, which is happy to be skidded and smeared. This has more to do with style than anything else, but if you’re skidding the Ripstick, their light weight makes them a bit on the floppy side, but again, that’s me and my 220 pounds pushing that ski. I’d imagine at half my weight, your wife is unlikely to have the same exact experience, but that’s my data. I do know a woman who skis for Elan, about 125 pounds of solid muscle, and was a collegiate racer. She loves the Ripsticks, I think she’s on the wider ones, and totally rips them, so there shouldn’t be cause for concern in terms of a high-end gear. Length is mostly preference, as my wife is 5’4 and about 140, she prefers the 153 in her skis. Width, I think the 88 is a better overall choice, even for western skiing. Have fun!
      SE

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