Most of the skis featured on these pages include not one tech story, but many. The new QST 118 from Salomon is the case in point. To reduce swing weight, it features a honeycomb polymer (Koroyd) in the tip and tail. To boost dynamic rebound and dampen vibration without adding heavy layers of metal, it sports a unique weave of carbon and flax called CFX Superfiber. And to get that desired shearing inside the ski that keeps it contouring the terrain and snowpack, Salomon, too, reverted to a decidedly old-school vertical sidewall, wood core laminate construction. Predictably, seeing how much technology and modern design went into the QST, it rips. It’s not just another surfy powder ski: With the QST 106, you can arc sweeping turns on open faces at full throttle, AND squirrel around in tight trees.
Swami gripe: Not a complaint: It doesn’t ski like a loose banana. After you sluff a turn it returns to a directional ride. Think of it as a storm day ski that rips packed powder, too.
Swami like: “It’s silky, supple, deft, and stout,” said a tester. At 118 millimeters underfoot, it’s a specialty powder ski. But you need it in your quiver.
Overall: 5.0 Float: 4.8 Firm Snow Survival: 4.8 Dimensions: 142/118/129