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Just wanted to give my input on the Salomon Q-lab from last season. As an all mountain ski the Q-lab has been one of best designed, best performing, and most durable skis I have personally ever encountered. The top sheet styling is contemporary Salomon aka it wouldn't offend anyone and it wouldn't inspire anyone just the same, (think corolla meets civic). I really hope that Salomon will bring another ski inspired by these beasts to their line-up in the future. Now back to the ski. As I stated I am very impressed by this ski. My home mountain for the past few years has killed more then a few pairs of my various modern rockered skis. However the Q-lab seems to shrug off impacts that put other skis out permanently. For my daily driver this durability added to the consistency and damper of the ride make for an amazing combination for a west coast all mountain ski. Now the ski gets even better... As a skier that values fatty skis Ive always kept a pair of pow skis in my quiver. (Now)Quest 118s, Rocker2/122s or Bent Chetlers have always been my "6" + day", drivers. However the Qlab performance in the dust to "'bout half a foot", has moved the fatties to the far too rare "multiple days of accumulation rule". The rocker profile on this ski has exceeded all expectations of what a 100mm~ width ski could do in fresh snow. That being said on the deepest of days I use something bigger, but in CO for the past few years that's only been about 10 days a season. Finally I'd like to add that the Qlab stiff flex pattern (especially the 190) makes this a ski for strong experienced skiers. While charging steep terrain, riding mogul tops, or busting up chop these skis never even think of chattering (looking at you all other rocker skis). This makes for a confidence inspiring ride that has never disappointed me personally. All in all this discontinued ski was a real gem and I hope Salomon brings back a beefy daily driver in future line-ups. They would have at least one stoked customer without a doubt.
The salomon Q Lab sends. I owned and rode this ski for a season and have never been dissapointed with it. It exceeds in most conditions, anywhere from hardpack to a foot of pow. It behaves as to be expected for a 104mm waisted ski on legit, full blown east coast style ice, but still holds up very well for what it is. In any thing over 12" inches of alta snow it dives a bit but still works exceedingly well compared to anything like it. In the air it is well balanced and has a solid base for stomping funky landings. The stability also helps on wutangy run-ins. If you are a (Strong) skier with (Strong) technique the Q lab will be there for you in all conditions. It will also help you look steezy. Buy some Q Labs and get off the Strugglebus.