All Mountain Powder
70 percent off-trail / 30 percent on-trail
Simply put, the QST Stella rips in powder on all sides of the mountain (front, back, and sidecountry). “It puts the work in so you don’t have to,” said a tester, referring to its ease of use. Credit for that comes courtesy of just the right amount of rocker (easy pivoting, good float), a five-point sidecut (tapered at the tip and tail; eases steering), and a 3D wood core with carbon stringers that maximize agility and rebound. Testers loved its supreme float in everything from fluff to crud to mashed potatoes. “And it held its own on groomers,” said one.
Swami gripe: They’re a tad tough to navigate in tight spots.
Swami like: Firm edgehold, but lively and nimble.