Salomon QST 106 ski review, 2017/2018 men's Big Mountain Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

There’s a point at which fat becomes unwieldy, the ski so wide it feels like it would take a crane to lift it on edge. Often skis with the most surface area don’t offer much help in the turning department and can be sketchy riding flat. Salomon’s lightweight QST 106 avoids these pitfalls, providing all the maneuverability you’ll ever need in soft snow. The QST 106 is so forgiving and simple to ski, a low intermediate could hop on and be happy. A patch of Titanal underfoot reinforces edge hold on hard snow, but otherwise the Salomon QST 106’s behavior is driven by an end-to-end web of carbon and flax over an all-wood core. Without the mass of either full-length metal laminates or fiberglass, the QST 106 can feel as quick to corner as a Porsche or it can drift through a lazy arc like it has bald tires. “A big-day ski that can be an everyday pick,” is how Bob Gleason pegged its performance. “Smooth yet easy at low speed. A great all-around ski.”