Salomon QST 99 2017 ReviewOctober 22, 2016
- Super initiation, even in longer turns
- Great edge hold
- Very stable
- Good float
- Can gobble up terrain
- Better off-piste than on
- Less precise on hardpack
- Slightly slower on quick edge changes
- Prefers medium to long radius turns
Our testers were blown away by the smooth feel of this ski, particularly in medium to long radius turns. It has such wonderfully constant snow contact you won't want the lifts to stop. Better off-piste than on, the QST 99 can lose a little performance on harder snow and in shorter turns. We recommend it for intermediate to advanced skiers alike, who will all benefit from its easy-to-access power and control.
Here’s how one tester enthused about Salomon’s QST 99: “Easy access for GREAT. BIG. CARVES. Super initiative even in long length turns. It’s a hard ski to beat.” And several testers agreed. Built with camber underfoot and rocker in the tip and tail, it is especially easy to lay on edge, where a mix of carbon, metal, wood and Koroyd, an emerging material that has been revolutionizing helmet construction, provide a miraculously damp, super smooth edge-hold.
The ski is definitely better off-piste, or at least in softer snow, and can lose a little bit of performance in shorter turns and on the hardest of hardpack. Overall, it’s the kind of ski intermediates to advanced technical skiers can enjoy all day, and for seasons to come.Continue Reading
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.