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Salomon’s freeride athletes wanted to create the most balanced, stable, floatable and high-performance ski yet.
For the third generation of its QST line, Salomon hired its athletes to help Create the ideal powder ski. The catch? They would design it together, starting from a blank board.
This is how the Salomon QST Blank was born. The 112mm waisted QST blank joins the rest of the Salomon QST line for 2022. It has been redesigned from the ground up and replaces the 118mm model and joins a line with 92mm, 98mm and 106mm models .
For reasons of transparency, we have not yet tested this ski. But the brand released a press release with a number of info nuggets that caught our attention. From the specifications and requirements of the QST blank line sounds like a lot of fun for advanced skiers.
“Over the past five years, the QST line has brought new technologies and materials to market – skis that have changed the history of freeride skiing,” the brand wrote. And now they hope to change the standard for freeride skis again.
Enter the QST empty. Or, as Salomon likes to call it, “a pillow-poppin ‘, powder-lovin’, 112mm waist ski that was built to kill everything on deep days.”
The QST Blank is Salomon’s new flagship, the pro freeride ski. It’s for those who ski hard in deep snow who aren’t afraid of big lines or expert terrain. With this QST model, Salomon is definitely aimed at advanced skiers and professionals. A typical example: the QST is available in lengths of 186 cm and 194 cm.
QST blank technology
Salomon’s QST Blank uses a new construction (not to mention design) with double sidewalls. The “Damplifier” technology made of cork and tail provides a playful boost.
With the feedback from the athletes, the Salomon product designers combined the QST 118 and 106 designs to start then tweaked the specs along the way. Salomon adjusted the shape, lowering the widest parts, lengthening the seesaw, and shaping an early rise in the tip and tail.
“Double side walls ensure stability and strength under the feet and ensure full confidence in the steppes and the packed snow, while the cork reinforcement at the top and rear is combined [its] offer a new form [the] next level of versatility and playfulness, ”explained the press release.
Why use cork? Cork is extremely light and 16 times more vibration dampening than Koroyd, a material Salomon uses in the tips of its other QSTs. The brand has also revamped the weight ratio of this QST.
Salomon QST Blank Technical specifications
- Materials: Solid poplar wood core, double side walls, Titanal insert, Cork pads, C / FX technology (carbon fiber stringer)
- Tip-waist-tail: 138-112-127
- Turning circle: 17 m
- Lengths: 176, 186, 194 cm
- Weight: 2,220 g per ski
- price: $ 900
“Meanwhile, Alexi Godbout weighed on the playfulness Stan Rey and Chris Rubens brought their needs as an ex-racer turned powder pig to the table, ”wrote Salomon.
“Leah Evans Josh Daiek mingled in the balance and sounded like strength and stability Cody Townsend delivered by weight versus performance. And young guns like Nico Vuignier and Ugo Troubat ensured that liveliness and agility were not forgotten. “
In essence, it was a team effort.
The QST space is named after BLANK Collective, a British Columbia athlete film group, some of whom helped create this “ultimate” QST ski. Whether it really turns out to be the ultimate freeride ski is up to us – and you – to decide. Watch out for this ski as it will be launched in autumn 2021.
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