Salomon has been making a push for versatility in their freeski category this year, and the Salomon Q-lab is the best expression of that. This ski is a mash up of characteristics that gives it solid performance across a wide variety of terrain.
Fin out more in my review below :
Salomon Q-Lab Review
Built with the S-Core of Salomon’s race skis, they are fairly stiff in the tail and mid-section with great rigidity through variable snow, and a gentle-rise tail for more contact through long turns. These attributes are combined with a super light honey comb tip with decent rocker for a very maneuverable short radius turn and plenty of float. The fairly light construction combined with the flatter tail make this ski an excellent choice for those looking to get off the resort and do some touring.
How’s it Ski?
The one drawback I found is that by combining a lot into one ski, the Salomon Q-Lab loses some performance on bumps. The light floaty tip gives an impression of playfulness at first, but the stiffness and long contact of the tail tends to track the skis a bit, and I ended up having to force them a bit through all but the most perfect bump lines. If you are a bump fanatic I might look elsewhere, but for everyone else the benefits outweigh this one fault.
Salomon Quest Series Video : Q-Lab
Q-Lab Ski Specs
183cm 138/104/127 190cm 145/109/134
*Disclaimer: This review is for the 183cm model with 104mm underfoot. The Q-Lab also has a 190cm model with 109mm underfoot, making it a far burlier ski with a lot of power for more aggressive skiers. Unless you only ski big-mountain heli lines with Slayer blasting through your earbuds, I’d recommend the 183cm.