2024 SALOMON QST ECHO 106 REVIEW | THE PEOPLE'S SKI TEST

2024 Salomon QST Echo 106 Video Review

Tech Details

Salomon QST Echo 106
Category:
Touring
Length Tested: 181
Lengths: 157, 165, 173, 181, 189
Dimensions: 138/106/125
Radius: 18m
MSRP: $950
More Info: salomon.com

Test Notes

I spent a week skiing the Salomon QST Echo 106 on a hut trip deep in B.C.’s Selkirk Mountains, and what an absolute treat. I utilized it to climb, tour and ski everything I could see, from huge glacier runs between towering blue seracs, to long and puckering couloirs, big alpine faces, and steep pillow lines in the trees. And whether the snow was Styrofoam-like crust, or glorious pow, the QST Echo ate it all up with ease. Incredibly lightweight, with camber underfoot, early rise in the tip in the tail, and a 106-millimetre waist width that made it nimble on both the skin track and descent, there were no hang-ups at all with this ski. It was predictable and solid in every type of terrain and snow condition, with an even flex that responded well to skier input on slow, fast, short and long turns. And while I primarily rode it in the backcountry, this ski would be equally at home on the front side. As a result, I feel that anyone from a strong and determined intermediate skier to a seasoned expert would appreciate the ease with which fun is achieved on this ski. I certainly did! —Colin Taylor

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Pros

  • Light and nimble.
  • A nice, even flex that made it easy to ski.
  • Predictable and reliable in all types of terrain and snow conditions.

Cons

  • Its light weight made it deflect a tiny bit in overly firm, choppy snow conditions.

What type of terrain is the Salomon QST Echo 106 best suited for?

Anything in the backcountry, from pillows to chutes and wide open faces.

What type of snow conditions is the Salomon QST Echo 106 best suited for?

It excelled in any and all types of conditions, but was happiest in softer snow and powder.

What type of skier is the Salomon QST Echo 106 best suited for?

Strong intermediate to advanced to expert skiers.

Colin Taylor Age: 51 Height: 5’7” Weight: 158 lbs Occupation: Arborist Years Skiing: 49 Preferred Ski Length: 176-186cm Preferred Ski Width: 100mm+ Underfoot Preferred Terrain: Outside The Ropes Preferred Conditions: Powder

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Disclaimer

This review was independently done and the views are that of the author.

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