The QST 106 would have scored higher, but our heavier testers (180 to 220 pounds on the fondue scale) dinged it for being soft. If you come in under that weight though, the new QST is a silky and nimble powder ski that’s well suited to fast tree skiing, pillow lines, and all manner of jumbled, powder-laden terrain. “Top sluffability in the class,” said one tester who doesn’t overindulge during the holidays. The QST line is brand new to Salomon for this season, and it’s loaded with smart features to shave weight without sacrificing performance. Key to that are Koroyd inserts (a honeycomb polymer) at the tip and tail and a vibration-eating weave called CFX Superfiber.
Swami gripe: It is a bit soft for heavyweights.
Swami like: “The perfect blend of surfy fun and soft snow carving,” said a tester.
Overall: 4.2 Sluffability: 4.8 Hard Snow Pleasure: 4.2 Dimensions: 140/106/126