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Salomon QST Blank – Test 2022

Ski Test // 2021-11-14 // By

SKI CANADA TEST 2022

SALOMON QST BLANK * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE

Salomon QST Blank Test 2022

BEST FOR: The no-compromise pow day ski.

Nimble and easy-turning are not the usual descriptions for the widest ship in any brand’s fleet, nor a ski designed by pros. But that’s exactly what testers kept telling us when they reluctantly turned in the Blank. Salomon tapped its sponsored athletes and merged its carryover QST 106 and its discontinued QST 118 to create this freeride-focused toy. It retained the sheets of C/FX, a stiffness-adding carbon and flax fibre, and added cork at the tail to the cork tips, upping the vibration absorption without weight. New is a double sidewall, an extra strip of ABS inserted around the centre of the ski for smooth grip in rough snow. With lots of tip and tail rocker, the Blank floated through the deep and chop, but unlike a lot of big skis it didn’t feel sloppy or slow. Just thinking turn had it swinging around in the tight trees and bumps. Maybe most surprisingly was that it carved groomers nicely for such a big ski. Several testers described the Blank as intuitive, familiar and versatile. Even people who don’t normally like fat skis loved them. “Perfect for the trickster pow skier who loves tight trees and buttery butters,” said Tobin Leopkey. “Favourite ski of the day!”

LENGTHS:            178, 186, 194

DIMENSIONS:       138/112/127 @ 186

RADIUS:              17 @ 186

WEIGHT:             2,200g @ 186

OTHER MODELS:   QST 106, QST 98, QST 93

SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849

from Fall 2021 issue

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Salomon QST Blank – Test 2022

Ski Test // // By


SKI CANADA TEST 2022

SALOMON QST BLANK * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE

Salomon QST Blank Test 2022

BEST FOR: The no-compromise pow day ski.

Nimble and easy-turning are not the usual descriptions for the widest ship in any brand’s fleet, nor a ski designed by pros. But that’s exactly what testers kept telling us when they reluctantly turned in the Blank. Salomon tapped its sponsored athletes and merged its carryover QST 106 and its discontinued QST 118 to create this freeride-focused toy. It retained the sheets of C/FX, a stiffness-adding carbon and flax fibre, and added cork at the tail to the cork tips, upping the vibration absorption without weight. New is a double sidewall, an extra strip of ABS inserted around the centre of the ski for smooth grip in rough snow. With lots of tip and tail rocker, the Blank floated through the deep and chop, but unlike a lot of big skis it didn’t feel sloppy or slow. Just thinking turn had it swinging around in the tight trees and bumps. Maybe most surprisingly was that it carved groomers nicely for such a big ski. Several testers described the Blank as intuitive, familiar and versatile. Even people who don’t normally like fat skis loved them. “Perfect for the trickster pow skier who loves tight trees and buttery butters,” said Tobin Leopkey. “Favourite ski of the day!”

LENGTHS:            178, 186, 194

DIMENSIONS:       138/112/127 @ 186

RADIUS:              17 @ 186

WEIGHT:             2,200g @ 186

OTHER MODELS:   QST 106, QST 98, QST 93

SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849

from Fall 2021 issue

All Ski Canada ski tests

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