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Review of Salomon QST 118 Skis with Dynafit Bindings

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This is my second pair of Salomon QST skis, thought it was time to do a review on why they are such great skis. I’ve been skiing my whole life and am always in search of the perfect ski that can do it all.

Backcountry ski touring set up with Salomon and Dynafit Ski touring in the new set up.

Salmon QST 118 with Dynnafit Rotation 10 Bindings Video Review

Details of gear being reviewed:

  • Salomon QST 118 in 178 cm size, year 2020-2021
  • Dynafit rotation 10 bindings with 120 mm brake
  • Black Diamond ski strap

Salomon QST 118 Details:

  • Available Lengths: 171, 178, 185, 192 cm (I have 178cm)
  • Dimensions: 140/118/127
  • Sidecut Radius (178 cm): 24 meters
  • Core: poplar + titanal binding reinforcement + cork tip/tail inserts + carbon, flax, and fiberglass laminate

Review Summary:

I had bought sample 2019-2020 Salomon QST for resort skiing. I got a killer price from a resort selling demo skis, keep your eye open at resorts as you often can try the ski for free then buy it. My wife also bought a pair and loves them! We actually ski with 2 other friends with the 2019-2020 version, they are that awesome.

I wanted a new backcountry ski as my Rossingol Soul 7 weren’t as stiff as I’d like, they are nice and light but not great in bad conditions (ice, thick crust, etc). The QST 118 is Salomon’s widest ski and I loved it as a flowy pow ski that is easy to manage in tight and steep terrain. The ski is very good at doing minor sluffs to slow speed. The big ski doesn’t get locked into the wind/rain crust snow as much as other skis. When I heard the 2021-2022 version of the ski was going to be narrower (112 under foot) I searched high and low to find a 20/21 version as it is basically the same ski as my current apart from the beautiful green top sheet and cork in the tips and tails to help with dampening. I choose Dynafit Rotation Bindings for them which are easy to use and feel durable under foot. The combo has made a perfect backcountry set up and it rides well on the resorts too. I highlighly recommend this ski for an advanced skier.

If you are looking for a power ski this one does a great job!