THE PEOPLE’S SKI TEST – SALOMON QST 98


SALOMON QST 98
Category: Freeride
Length Tested: 189
Lengths: 169, 176, 183, 189
Dimensions: 132/98/120
Radius: 19m @ 181
MSRP: $699.95
More Info: salomon.com

The Salomon QST 98 is a lightweight, manoeuvrable and reliable all-mountain ski that excelled in a wide variety of terrain and conditions. On the hard pack, it held a strong edge, even on firm, borderline icy groomers, and was quick to transition turns at both low and high speeds, which made it a pleasure to ski fast. In softer snow, I found I could take this ski anywhere with ease, as it was responsive and lively, with an easy pivot point in the softer, tapered tip that made steep, tight and technical terrain a joy to navigate, while its stiffer tail provided added stability when speed picked up. And while I personally prefer something wider on pow days, the QST 98 would be ideal for someone who’s looking for a ski that can carve with the best of them on the groomed, but still come alive on soft snow in off-piste terrain. —JAY MALONEY

About This Reviewer:

Jay Maloney
Age: 27
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 176 lbs
Occupation: Climate Resilience Analyst
Preferred Ski: 105-114mm Underfoot / ~190cm Length

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