Salomon, maker of premium winter sports equipment, unveiled today a new addition to the award-winning QST family of skis: the QST Echo 106. Designed with Salomon athlete, Cody Townsend, to meet the needs of an ever-growing backcountry touring category of consumers, the QST Echo 106 grows Salomon’s iconic QST collection to offer a lightweight, touring-capable ski that shines in a variety of conditions while also offering an eco-friendly construction.
The all-new QST Echo 106 ski is a touring-specific addition to Salomon’s freeride-inspired QST range with a 106 millimetre waist. Tested and refined by Townsend during the filming of The Fifty Project, this go-anywhere backcountry ski features a featherlight karuba/poplar core, basalt fibres, double sidewall technology and cork damplifier in the tip and tail. This combination produces a lightweight core that excels on the uphill. When paired with the uber-versatile shape of the QST 106 you get a ski that also delivers confidence, stability and responsiveness regardless of conditions or terrain.
“The vision for the QST Echo 106,” stated Townsend, “was to find a balance of performance and playfulness in a variety of conditions. From horrible crust on the Bugs to Rogers Traverse, to amazing powder on the Uber Tour, the Echo offered the perfect blend of a confident, efficient tour, while still being fun on the descent. Unlike other lightweight carbon-infused cores, with a tin-like, vibrational feel, the Echo provides a damp and stable ride, no matter the snow.”
“The QST Echo 106 meets the needs of backcountry travellers who want the performance and stability of the QST range, but with weight savings for human-powered travel,” commented Chris McKearin, Sr. Manager, Alpine Category & Winter Sports Marketing. “The lightweight core makes it almost 300 grams lighter than the standard QST 106 ski.”
The new addition to the QST family is also a step forward in eco-friendly ski construction, with a topsheet made from 30% recycled materials and 100% recycled ABS in the double sidewalls.
The QST Echo 106 will be available as part of an early season launch through a network of Salomon’s best retailers starting Tuesday, February 15th.
Dimensions: 139/106/126 @ 181cm
Available Lengths (cm): 157, 165, 173, 181, 189
Weight: 1760gm @ 181cm
Construction: Karuba/poplar core, full sandwich sidewalls, cork damplifier in tip and tail, basalt superlight fibres
Turn Radius: 19m @ 181cm
For more information on the Salomon QST Echo 106, visit salomon.com/qst-echo.