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Ski test: Salomon QST 106 (season 2016-17)

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That's a geometry with which i associate Salomon QST series. All the rest is a lie. Interesting riding begins from this geametry. But, let stop speculate and see what they can on snow.

Very ambivalent feeling appeared after riding: you can cope with it and it may be interesting in riding, but does it worth it? Skis are hard, but very lightweight with a very smooth rocker. In longitudinal reference when even minor underload tip start to clap and lose stability. When you load them by shifting the weight forward, or shift to cross slip or come on the slope with a lot of soft snow so that the waist could fall and tips could stretch in soft snow stability returns. This is the main and major drawback of the skis.

Everything else is quite decent, and even over. Tip is really working and it can be safely loaded in longitudinal sliding or in cross slip. It works in float and eats all irragularities. On the speed it have excellent dynamics and elasticity. But, only not on a flat or in unloaded mode. Skis requires load all the time. And loves the speed.

With their geometry it is, nevertheless, not All Mountain freeride skis for riding on slopes and off-piste. This is more for high-speed expert freeriding. Of course, you can ride on hard prepared slope and riding will be even interesting, but the idea of ​​riding on the slope on this skis is more a mockery than skiing. This skis are for serious freeriding with ski touring and mountaineеring. For riding on a steep slope with speed control. Skis for skilled skiers, not for freeride beginners who are afraid to lose the opportunity to carve on prepared slope.

Short turn
slide
carve
long turn:
slide
carve
Edge grip
Stability / turn radius 7 / 16-18 m
Dynamics and impact / turn radius 6 / 16 м.
Turn radius range 14 - 18 м.
Controllability
Skiing comfort
Favorite slope 2 - 5
Overall ranking

Averages ski estimates all tested on a 10-point scale: 0 - the lowest evaluation (bad), 10 - the maximum score (good).
"Turn radius range" - the turning radius in which skis showed best results (determined by the tester, not by the skis specification).
"Skiing comfort" - dependence on the quality of the slope. 0 - ski dependent from it, 10 - completely independent of the quality of it and goes on slope of any level of preparation.
"Favorite slope" - range of the slope hardness on which the ski works well: 0 - soft slush, 10 - the hard frosty slope.

All Mountain skis for a confident expert freeride: ski tour, mountaineering, speed riding with a longitudinal float and speed control. Lightweight, tough, dynamic, springy, but require attention and precision in control.

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