Salomon Quest-105 (2014)
Like Johnny Utah in Point Break, the Q-105 has a mellow facade that hides keen determination. It would like you to think it’s an approachable, easygoing powder ski that surfs easily through deep snow and crud, but it really wants to search out secret stashes. It prefers not to laze around on the hardpack if it doesn’t have to. Edge-to-edge quickness and a smooth, well-designed rocker profile help it adapt to variable conditions. One tester called it “a playful, smeary, entry-level powder ski.” It’s ideal for smaller riders or someone looking to make his first jump to a fat ski.
Though it's still game for powder days, Salomon's Q-105 brings a more realistic 105 waist to the mountain - and a better attitude about everyday conditions. Like all Quests it's designed to blend the best attributes of "progressive" design (looseness, maneuverability) with more traditional directional stability (stiff tail, positive edge-engagement). Salomon's Utility Rocker combines floaty, shock-absorbing tip rocker (and a touch of easy-release tail rocker) with reassuring, carve-friendly camber under and behind the foot (in all about 65 percent of the ski's length). Hook Free Taper in both the tip and tail brings the widest points of the ski closer to the foot for a looser, smearier feel that's never hooky in soft snow and crud. Salomon also works to consolidate the ski's mass closer to the foot by incorporating lightweight honeycomb structures into the tip and tail to reduce swing weight and enhance maneuverability and quickness. It's a metal-free, full wood-core Salomon Monocoque (structural cap) construction built for medium-stout edginess and soft-snow-loving liveliness. Extra-wide edges withstand off-trail abuse. Fans of the French brand will notice that Salomon significantly consolidates its line for 2013-14, eliminating redundant models (including several BBRs and the narrower Rocker/Rockettes) and focusing on two key freeskiing lines, Rocker2 and the new Quest family. While the Rocker2 skis (widths of 108 to 122 mm) still offer a more newschool, looser, twin-tip type of performance, the Quest series (88 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance. Meanwhile, the hard-snow/carve-oriented Enduro line, a tester favorite for frontside applications, returns with East- and groomer-friendly 80 and 85 mm waists.
|Lengths||167, 174, 181, 188|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.56 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.92 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.86 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.25 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.22 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.82 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.90 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.98 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.19 / 5|