Salomon Q 105 Review
New to Salomon’s ski line this season, the Q line has a ski for almost every skier type out there including both men’s and women’s. The line ranges from 90-115 underfoot which works for those that love to make tight turns on groomers to those that want to float on those deep powder days. Living in Colorado, I try to chase powder as much as I can, not all days can be power days for me which is why I tested out the Salomon Q 105. For me, I find 100-105 to be the sweet spot for skiing in Colorado so you can enjoy powder days and still have plenty of control on the non-powder days.
The Salomon Q105 skis were shared by a couple testers at ActiveGearReview.com, so we were able to test these ski’s out in a number of different snow conditions. For locations, we were able to test them at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, and Loveland Pass. For conditions, we were able to test the ski’s in waste deep powder where some of the resorts just opened up the runs for the season, as well as a few of powder, groomers, bumps, tree skiing, icy skied off sections, and terrain parks. After testing the Salomon Q 105 skis in many of the Colorado resorts, we were able to get a pretty good idea of how these skis performed in a number of different winter environments.
Salomon Q 105 Performance
For those that aren’t able to chase the pow, rest easy knowing that the Salomon Q 105 skis perform great on packed powder and groomers. I found the Q 105 to do a great job in holding their edges on wide sweeping turns as well as semi tight turns. Much of this flow can be attributed to a few features in the skis including a low rise tail, honeycomb tips, wide edges, and camber through the middle allowing the ski to perform with ease.
For faster turns, I tested the Salomon Q 105 in both tight trees and wide open aspen groves which is my preference when skiing. For skiing tight trees, using a ski that can turn quickly and edge can make all the difference, especially when you’re not in the powder. Given that I am always hunting for pow in the trees, I was typically lucky enough to ski the trees that hadn’t been all tracked out.
For skiing powder, I found the sweet spot for these skis to be between 3-9 inches of snow. With no edging on the tips of the Salomon Q 105 skis, the skis float freely and help prevent you from catching powder edges which have the tendency to over-correct sometimes.
Full Wood Core
For the skier that enjoys a full wood core, rest with ease as the Salomon Q105 has a full wood core. The full wood core allows for more spring and often is a little lighter.
The Salomon Q105 ski’s are super fun ski’s to ski. They are great for the west coast skier that loves to change fresh snow while still performing on both groomed and un-groomed runs. With an earlier rise in this ski, you might want to size up if you’re comparing this ski to a traditional non early rise ski. For more information, please visit Salomon.com