2022 Salomon QST 106 Skis
Salomon QST 106 Skis
The Salomon QST 106 is a playful and versatile soft-snow ski designed to conquer deep fresh snow or the leftover bounties of a big storm. The QST collection has been around for a few years now, and for good reason. They are designed around aggressive freeride skiers, but they are very approachable to a wide range of skiers as they have an easy-going persona. Built with a Poplar wood core, the QST 106 has a smooth and responsive flex. Salomon adds in their C/FX technology which is a combination of Carbon and Flax fibers which provide stability and strength overall. At 106 millimeters underfoot, these skis are definitely designed for softer snow, and would be plenty of ski on any powder day at the resort. The Rocker profile of this ski is pretty pronounced. Rocker in both the tips and the tails really allows for some great playfulness in deep snow and just gives the ski an undemanding feel. A bit of positive camber underfoot gives the ski a nice snap and also adds some solid stability in firmer or wind-buffed snow. The QST 106 also features a tapered shape in the tips and tails which allow the ski to act like a knife in deeper snow. Because this ski doesn't feature any metal in its construction, it doesn't have quite the heavy profile of some other skis in its category, so as robust as this ski is, it is a suitable powder ski for a lot of skiers who might have a more conservative ski style or just for skiers who want a lightweight and easy-going powder ski.
- Sidecut: 139/106/125 mm at 181 cm length
- Turn Radius: 19 meters at 181 cm length
- Poplar Wood Core
- Cork Damplifier
- All-Terrain Rocker
- Full Sidewall Construction
- Ability level: Advanced to Expert Skiers
Big Mountain • Powder • Touring
Also, should I be considering any other ski similar to the QSTs? I demoed the Enforcer 94 and didn't love them, but I hear great things about the Enforcer 100. Any other I should really consider? Thank you guys so much, as soon you answer I am pulling the trigger on your site :)
I don't think the extra length in the 181 will be much of a downgrade in the trees. Maybe once in a while if it's tight, but for the most part, your size and stats should be pretty good on the 181. I'd say Enforcer 104 is a more direct comparison to the QST 106, using metal instead of Carbon/Flax to get the stability and performance. Enforcer 100 is more of a wide trail charger while the 104 has more maneuverability and flotation while still carving a clean turn. I think QST 106 in 181 is a great ski.
At your stats and due to the skis rocker profile, go for the 181cm length.,
A great ski!! Have fun!
No. 188 will be great for you in that ski.
Unless you know something specific about the ski and the way you want it to behave, we've found the factory line to be just about perfect. The -2 on that ski will add a bit of playfulness in the fresh, but make that shovel a bit chattery on the trails.
Hoping you could suggest whether i should go with the 167cm or 174cm. thanks!
I'd go 167 in that ski. It's got some weight and stability to it so you don't have to size up to access the performance. have fun!
Yeah, I'd go with the 181, especially if you're going to be found in fresh and soft snow most of the time. The 174 would be fine for trees or tighter spots, but the added surface area and increased stability of the longer length makes sense to me. Have fun!
I looking for a unicorn? I know the new QST 106’s are coming out but the rocker profile on the 22 looks to have a longer effective edge. Thanks in advance.
It is a bit of give and take. None of those skis will hold an edge and carve like the Bonafide, for will the Bonafide float like the QST 106. If you're looking for something in the middle, the Rustler and the Ranger 102 are fantastic choices. Metal underfoot and extending to the ends on both of these skis, they strike a nice balance between damp, stable, fun, and smeary. If you're looking for carving performance, I'd steer clear of the QST 106, especially when compared to Bonafide, but for soft snow, they're fantastic. Perhaps you're a two-ski guy?
The rocker and taper of the QST is more dramatic than that of the Sender, which is a pretty straight-looking ski. This makes the QST smear, surf, and float better while the Sender is a smoother operator on groomed terrain. If I were skiing soft snow more often than not, I'd opt for the QST. Have fun!
I think the 174 is the easy choice here. With your build the 167 is going to feel extremely short with how much rocker this ski has. There could even be an argument made for the 181 based on your weight, but I think the 174 is going to have the most balanced feel. Let us know if you have any more questions!