2022 Salomon QST Lux 92

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lengths: 153, 161, 169 cm
radius: 17 m at 169 cm
sidecut: 130/92/113 mm at 169 cm

Although it’s technically part of their “freeride” collection, the QST Lux 92 from Salomon is a highly versatile ski that falls squarely into what we consider to be “all-mountain.” It’s 92 mm underfoot and uses a nice blend of camber and rocker. There’s not as much rocker as wider skis like the QST 106, but enough to help with softer snow conditions and help boost its float a little bit. The camber underfoot gives you responsiveness and edge grip while on firm snow. Salomon’s construction is both unique and impressive. They use a full poplar wood core with their Cork Damplifier and C/FX technologies. By integrating cork into the tip of the ski, they drastically reduce vibrations initiating in the extremities of the ski where you need it most. C/FX combines carbon with flax to provide energy, responsiveness, and more vibration damping all at the same time. It’s an impressive material and one that’s been integrated into Salomon’s QST construction since the line went from “Q” to “QST” a handful of years ago. We’ve had the QST Lux 92 in our tests before and it always seems to impress, let’s see if it continues to do so.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Full Poplar
C/FX, Cork Damplifier
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder

Pascale Savard tested the 169 cm length in the QST Lux 92, which happens to be the longest available length. A quick note on Salomon: most of their skis are built the same regardless of the “men’s” or “women’s” tag. So, if you’re looking for a longer length, just hop on over to the men’s, or rather unisex, models. Pascale awarded the QST Lux 92 some very impressive scores. Nothing dropped below 4 out of 5, and quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, forgiveness, torsional stiffness/edge grip, versatility, and overall impression all earned full 5 out of 5 scores. “A winner as an all-mountain ski for me. Very lively and playful, yet it felt stable and responsive. I really liked this ski. Fun and forgiving in the bumps, yet decent edge control on the harder stuff.” The versatility of Salomon’s QST skis has always impressed our testers, and with its narrower width, the QST Lux 92 is arguably the most versatile. We also love how Salomon achieves a high-end feel with an approachable and forgiving nature. Combine that with the versatility for different terrain and you have a ski that can work for a huge range of skiers.

Alli Ruschp also skied the 169 cm length and had a very similar reaction to the QST Lux 92. “An easy-going, fun, playful ski that works all over the resort. Felt stable and smooth at speed and skied right over crud without feeling anything. Confident on edge. I feel a wide variety of ladies would like this ski, it’s very approachable, and fun!” Once again, that combination of feeling stable and smooth while also being approachable and forgiving is extremely noteworthy. Another sign of a well-rounded ski? Alli’s scores: full 4 out of 5 across the board. Lexi Hildreth actually owns a pair in the 161 cm length, but we had her test it anyways. All 4 and 5 scores from Lexi, with flotation, playfulness, forgiveness, and overall impression all earning the 5 out of 5 treatment. “I own this ski and really love it. It floats well in softer snow, but holds a good enough edge on groomers. It’s a great all mountain ski for intermediate to advanced skiers. Very versatile and fun ski!” Alix Klein got a couple runs in on the 169 cm length and once again we didn’t get a single score under 4 out of 5. Stability and playfulness were the high scores from Alix at 5 out of 5, with all other criteria at 4. “Playful, great at different turn radiuses, great at high speeds. Good in the chunder, snappy and easy to get around in a pinch.”

With some new entrants into the women’s all-mountain category, we wondered if the QST Lux 92 would continue to shine. Turns out, it most certainly does. Our testers continually marvel at its versatility, both in the sense that it can be taken anywhere on the mountain regardless of snow conditions and in the sense that a wide range of ability levels can not only ski it, but benefit from its performance. Hands-down, it’s a valuable ski to have on the market and to be honest, it’s one that we’re surprised we don’t see more often.

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