Ski: 2019-2020 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm
Available Lengths: 167, 174, 181, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 179.9 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2080 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2096 & 2100 grams
Stated Dimensions: 139-105-125 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.8-105.1-124.6 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (181 cm): 22 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 67 mm / 31 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5-6 mm
Core: Poplar + Titanal Binding Reinforcement + Cork Tip/Tail Inserts + Carbon, Basalt, Flax, & Fiberglass Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.75 cm from center; 81.2 cm from tail
Salomon first introduced the QST 106 in 2016, and it was good. Which is why there’s a good chance you’ve seen a lot of them at your local ski hill.
Then, for the 18/19 season, Salomon made some minor tweaks to the QST 106.
But for the 19/20 season, the QST 106 — and most of the other men’s and women’s QST skis — is getting some much more significant updates, and Salomon certainly isn’t downplaying them: “New construction. New technologies. New shape. Already our most award-winning collection three years running, the QST line is all-new for 2019!”
So let’s dive into what’s new with the 19/20 ski, what stays the same, and how the new ski’s design compares to some of the other options in its category.
What Salomon says about the QST 106
“A full-length poplar wood core teams up with a Ti Power Platform in the full sandwich construction. Then we added a tip-to-tail blend of carbon fiber and basalt for increased power and edge grip. A pure flax laminate was placed directly underfoot and we added Cork Damplifier technology in the tip and tail creating an unmatched damp and stable snowfeel. We wrapped all of this up into a new shape that offers smoother turn initiation, better floatation and more confidence at speed in steeper terrain.”
The new QST 106 has the same poplar wood core and a slightly tweaked laminate construction with carbon & basalt running tip to tail and flax and titanal underfoot. That’s not too different compared to the 18/19 QST 106, but what is new is the switch from Koroyd in the tips and tails to cork, an update that is supposed to help dampen the ski and reduce tip and tail chatter.
The 19/20 QST 92, 99, Stella 106, Lumen 99, and Lux 92 all get the same updates as the 19/20 QST 106 (updated construction and tweaked shapes).
The QST 118 will feature the new cork inserts in its tips and tails, but the rest of its construction remains the same for 19/20, and so does its shape.
While the QST 106’s updated construction is interesting, what might be even more important is the QST 106’s redesigned shape.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The new QST 106’s shape is basically less tapered than the 18/19 version of the ski.
It still has more tip and tail taper than some more traditionally shaped skis like the Blizzard Cochise and Black Crows Corvus, but the new QST 106 now has a bit less tip and tail taper than skis like the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Line Sick Day 104, and Dynastar Legend X106.
As we’ve noted in other reviews, taper is useful when it comes to making skis feel nimble and easy to pivot (particularly in soft and / or grabby snow), but that often comes at the cost of stability in rough / firm snow as the effective edge of the ski is reduced. So we’re interested to see the extent to which the new QST 106 gets a bump up in stability.
The new QST 106’s rocker profile is pretty similar to the previous version’s, but now has more tip splay (67 mm now vs. 58 mm) and more tail splay (31 mm vs. 24 mm).
The new ski’s tip and tail rocker lines look similarly deep compared to the previous 106’s, and those rocker lines are still on the deeper end of the spectrum. We were impressed by the float of the old QST 106, and given that the new ski has a pretty similar rocker profile and more surface area in the tips, we have high expectations for how the new QST 106 will float in powder.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the QST 106:
In Front of Toe Piece: 7.5-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
The 181 cm 19/20 QST 106’s flex pattern is similar to the flex pattern of the 188 cm, 18/19 version of the ski, with the tips and tails of the new ski being slightly stiffer. It’s not a huge difference, but it is noticeable. The new QST 106 still has a pretty moderate flex pattern with fairly soft shovels that ramp up smoothly to a strong midsection, and it finishes with a tail that is significantly stiffer than the tip.
We certainly would not call the 19/20 QST 106 some super burly ski, but it’s still pretty strong, so we’re curious to see how well it combines being supportive enough to be skied hard, while being forgiving enough to not punish mistakes.
In addition to the new ski’s updated shape, this is another notable change for the 19/20 ski. The 181 cm 19/20 QST 106 is coming in around 2100 grams per ski, which is heavier than the 188 cm 18/19 version of the ski.
And, for what it’s worth, Salomon is providing a stated weight of 2200 grams per ski for the 19/20, 188 cm QST 106.
The 18/19 QST 106 was pretty light for its size, and given its strong all-round performance, we found ourselves recommending it to a lot of people who were looking for a 50/50 ski that they could use in the resort and for backcountry touring.
The new ski now comes in at a weight that might make it a less easy choice for a 50/50 resort + backcountry ski, but that could boost its performance in the rough snow you’ll encounter inside the boundary lines of a resort.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) With its new construction, heavier weight, and less tapered shape, we’re very curious to see how the new QST 106 compares to the previous version when it comes to skiing hard and fast in rough snow.
(2) Salomon claims that the new QST 106’s shape makes for easier turn initiation, better float, and more stability at speed. So just how much of a difference will the new ski’s updated shape make in those regards?
(3) The previous QST 106 stood out in part due to the fact that it was pretty stable for its weight, while also being pretty forgiving. So will the new ski, with its heavier weight and slightly stronger flex pattern, maintain that characteristic?
Bottom Line (For Now)
Salomon says that the new QST 106 is supposed to float better, be more stable, and initiate turns better than the previous version of the ski. Based on the new ski’s less tapered shape and heavier weight, those actually seem like reasonable claims to make. We just got the ski on snow and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below for our initial on-snow impressions. Then stay tuned for updates, and let us know in the comments section below about any questions you’d like us to address in our full review.
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