In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt McDonald
All About Momentum
Salomon felt they generated a ton of momentum last year with the release of the Shift binding and some noticeable changes to construction of their QST line on both the men's and women's sides. So they ran with it. Now, looking at the lineup of 2020 Salomon skis, there's even more to be excited about. All the QSTs get new constructions and should even more playful and stable. All the changes are mirrored in the women's QST Lux, Lumen, and Stella.
Read our review of the all-new Salomon QST 106
The QSTs for 2020 get thicker sidewalls to improve durability and beefiness. The carbon, basalt, and flax are blended together in the new models from tip to tail, and there's an extra layer of flax plus cork tips to optimize dampness at a lower ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
If we had a dollar for every time customers say they're looking for "good all mountain skis," we would...well...we would own more pairs of good all mountain skis.
In today's skiing landscape, defining categories of gear can be tough. All mountain skis differ for different people. The powder-hungry freeride skier at Jackson skis the whole mountain on playful sticks with waist widths around 110 millimeters. The rad dad drops his kids at a lesson in the morning and has four hours to charge every trail off the summit quad on the widest skis he's ever used—metal-loaded chargers that measure 93 millimeters underfoot. The Bostonian escapes to Killington to rip bumps, groomers, and tree stashes on 85-millimeter-wide Swiss Army knives that are the best "all mountain" skis he read about ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
Check out our preview of 2020 Salomon skis.
Highlights from the 2019 Salomon skis lineup:
Big News on the Binding Front
If you follow the alpine touring scene, you may have already heard some of the hype surrounding Salomon's big innovation: The S/Lab Shift MNC (Note: the binding will also be released by Atomic as the Shift). The result of seven years of product development and testing that included pro athletes Cody Townsend and Chris Rubens, the Shift offers full DIN/alpine-style performance in an alpine touring binding.
Where this binding takes things to the next level is in the toe. Tech-style pins work like they do on other tech bindings for climbing, but the pins are housed in an alpine-style toe piece that provides elastic travel.
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2020 Salomon QST 106 Description:
The Salomon QST 106 wears more faces than the many-faced god. Oh, sorry, did you somehow miss Game of Thrones? Let us explain: Salomon has re-done its flagship lineup of skis several times in the last few years. We liked each model they replaced, and each one was pretty dang versatile. But with each iteration of the QST, the skis just keep getting better. Now for 2019-2020, the QST 106 hits the town with a sexy oil green topsheet along with several other changes. There’s more rocker than there used to be (just check out the aggressive tail rocker than reminds us of the QST 118). There’s also vibration-damping cork inserts in the tips plus a blend of carbon, basalt, flax, and fiberglass. The construction makes these the smoothest-skiing QSTs ever. The QST 106 loves hunting powder, but it doesn’t punish you if you don’t find it. Salomon reworked the taper, making it shorter, to allow for smoother skiing in mixed snow and better edge grip. These skis are super-easy to link up, whether you’re sampling groomers or charging back bowls. We love the QST 106 as an easy-skiing daily driver in the West and a ski for powder-hunters out East. Before you ski them, though, catch up on Game of Thrones. Seriously. Similar skis: Kastle FX106 HP, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Black Crows Atris.
2020 Salomon QST 106 Specs: