If you’re a casual skier and need the best skis for some fun in the snow, look to the Salomon QST 99—specifically the 2019-2020 model. With major improvements made to performance, stability, and build quality, these excel in soft snow conditions and can even enjoy a bit of air when the weather calls for it.
Why We Like It – Salomon QST 99 Review
The Salomon QST 99 Skis are an excellent example of skis that perform well, are stable, and high quality build at an affordable price, especially for skiing enthusiasts.
If you’re hoping to get the best performing skis out of the Salomon QST 99 Skis, you’re looking in the wrong place. For the enthusiasts, however, these are perfect for soft snow conditions. With its 99mm waist width—much wider than Elan Amphibio 84 Ti—, you’re getting solid edge grip, though the edge hold needs extra attention when you’re turning. That’s a typical side effect when the platform widens.
Where the Salomon QST 99 suffers is in really harsh conditions. To be fair, it isn’t built for charging through hard chunks of snow. The Rossignol Experience 88 are better in harsher conditions.
The design of the 2020 Salomon QST 99 Skis got a major overhaul compared to its previous models. To start, the entire design is built around its poplar wood core. It then added carbon fiber, basalt, and flax to the mix, providing a very strong bond over other skis in this bracket that prefer metal materials. Its C FX 3 blend still provides an excellent amount of power, but keeping it lightweight and stiff where necessary.
Considering the performance, the Salomon QST 99 is best matched against the K2 Pinnacle 95. Both perform pretty similar to one another, but the QST 99 arguably has a leg up on the K2. Either ski performs well as a jack-of-all-trades kind of ski, but high speeds on the Pinnacle 95 can cause a bit of wobble. That’s where the Salomon QST 99 beats its competition. And when you consider the K2 is $100 more expensive, the QST 99 has excellent value.
Salomon QST 99 Review Wrap Up
There’s no doubting the Salomon QST 99’s performance, especially when compared to a pair of K2 Pinnacle 95s. They’re good, and will work well for beginner skiers looking to enjoy some fun in the snow, even at high speeds or in the air. Just understand these are best suited in soft conditions. These aren’t ideal for something like hard snow, nor do they have to be.
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