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Pugski Ski Tester
Philpug: It is tough to change the image of a ski, once it is labeled finesse ... or power, or easy, or demanding, or whatever. Why do I say this? Well, when the QST 99 came out a few years ago, it was one of the lightest and easiest skis to ski, but at a cost. The ski's reaction in crud and at speed was its Achilles heel. For 2019, Salomon went back to the drawing board and reinvented the whole QST collection, on both the men’s and women’s side of the wall. Yes, the names stay the same; we are talking about the evolution of the series in both shape and construction, but the differences can be felt more in the latter. Along with changing the wood layup, Salomon replaced the light-feeling Koroyd in the tip with cork, and that's what really changes its character. The all-new QST 99 has a much stronger feel due to the dampening of the cork. The new QST feels more like the old Q-Lab, a ski that villages wrote ballads about.
Insider tip: It has unique sizing options in a class where some can fall in between sizes.
Who is it for?
- Those who want a light and damp ski, a rare combination.
Who is it not for?
- Those who want a loose tip? Sorry, I'm stretching.
- Skier ability
- Advanced, Expert
- Ski category
- All Mountain
- Ski attributes
- Off Piste, Trees
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