2021 Salomon QST 99 Skis
2021 Salomon QST 99 Skis
The Salomon QST 99 skis are a fantastically versatile set of skis that are perfect for western one-ski quivers and eastern snow day skis. The width of 99 mm underfoot is kind of that magic number in terms of all-mountain versatility. Anything over 99 and it seems like you've got yourself a powder ski, and less than 99 means that it's not quite wide enough for deep snow. But like most everything, this ski is all about compromise. When describing the Salomon QST 99, we often find ourselves saying contradictory things like how the ski floats well for how narrow it is, or the ski is a great carver for how wide it is. These types of statements are useful because they show the versatility and well-roundedness of the ski. With a shape that was updated last year, the Salomon QST 99 takes versatility to the next level. They've lightened the ski, but haven't made it any less damp. They've stiffened the ski but haven't made it less user-friendly. They've made it turnier, but haven't sacrificed top-speed performance. Again, we find ourselves describing the QST 99 in contradictory or oxymoronic terms, and that's something we definitely look for when talking about a true all-mountain ski. At 181 cm length, the 19.4-meter turn radius is perfect for making all types of turns, from carved turns on groomers to smeary turns in the fresh snow, the QST 99 is built to handle it all. Advanced and expert level skiers will love the versatility and performance of the Salomon QST 99.
- Sidecut: 134/99/116 mm at 181 cm length
- Turn Radius: 19.4 meters at 181 cm length
- Poplar Wood Core
- Tip and Tail Rocker
- Weight: 1700 grams per ski at 181 cm length
- Cork Damplifier
- Carbon/Flax/Basalt Laminate
- Ability Level: Advanced Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers • Powder
Your great reviews have focused me on the QST 99, but I’m torn between the 174 and 181. Which do you recommend?
I'd say your size puts you more in the 181 but your application is more 174. I'd still say to get the longer one--the worst thing is to think that you're leaving some performance on the table. You'll figure out the quicker turns--the skis are inherently quite maneuverable. Have fun!
I think the 188 is the right length. It does have a spoony tip/shovel, and there's a bit of taper to add to that as well. This makes it easy to turn and a bit floatier than other 99's. Tracer 98 is a bit too light for what you're looking to do at your size, and the BC 100 is another fantastic choice, just a bit more flexible than the QST. I think you'll get all you need and want from the 188 QST 99. Have fun!
I think you're between the 167 and 174 depending on your level of aggressiveness. If you prefer longer skis, the 174 will be fine, but if you're at all worried about maneuverability, the 167 will be more than acceptable. Have fun, great skis!
You'll get more stability and power out of the QST 98, although I'd say the Ripstick 96 Black Edition would have something to say about that. If you're looking at the 96 Green, it's more on par with the Tracer. Both Tracer and 96 Green are light, snappy, and a whole lot of fun, while the QST 98 and the 96 Black have more power and stability. I also like the 98 because it's a fantastic floater for its width due to the longer tip and tail rocker. I'd stick to the low 170's for any of those skis. Have fun!
I had bought this qst99 mod. 17/18 just B.C. (Before Covid)...I only skied it this "past" season and it feels like i outgrew it :(
That doesnt mean i really enjoyed its allaround character and performance, only missed turn initiation and hard pack performance.
i do ski aggressively even thought lighter but athletic build 5'[email protected] and given that i own couple carvers up to 82 waist and Faction CT 3.0 for pow, i wonder if the new one could fill in the gap or just skip it and go to next step....that is what?
Unless you believe that sth less wide say 92mm should satisfy my thrist for allmountain speed :)
QST 98 is fantastic. Playful and substantial at the same time. If you're looking for more sturdiness in a similar width/shape, check out Black Crows Justis or Nordica Enforcer 100. Adding a little metal to your ski does wonders for the stability and hard pack performance. I think that ~100 mm underfoot range is great for what you're looking to do. Have fun!