Salomon QST Ski Line

Entirely new set of skis simplifies and improves overall lineup

Cody Townsend and the rest of the Salomon Freeski team explained to product managers that they wanted a light ski that didn’t ski like a light ski. Instead of playing around with shapes and sidecuts, Salomon focused on the core of the ski to achieve that goal. Introducing a Spaceframe construction, which is a wood core with woven flax (yes, the same stuff I put in my oatmeal this morning) and carbon, the QST line also sports a sporty sidecut, especially in the 106mm waist. Supposedly, the flax makes the ski 60 percent lighter than fiberglass and doesn’t chatter (or has that “tinny” feel) like carbon. I haven’t been on it yet, but I know flax seeds are good for you. So do they transcend to snow and make you ski better? We’re hoping so.