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You prefer to do a little searching to find the best stash rather than follow the masses and end up with sloppy seconds. But you know backcountry conditions are highly variable, so you want to be prepared with your Salomon Q-105 Ski, a quick-turning, floaty ski with a large turn radius for letting loose. The fat, rockered tip, mid-fat waist, and early-rise tail give you loft, easy turning, and stability. A semi-cap construction reduces weight while adding durability, and the full wood core gives the ski strength and rebound. For the uphill, Salomon gave this touring ski a honeycomb tip and eliminated weight with edgeless extremities. The hook-free taper also minimizes weight while preventing a grabby tip and tail. Chalky hardpack, corn, or a foot of blower: you'll take it all first-come first-served.
- Utility Rocker with traditional camber underfoot
- Gentle rise tail
- Edgy Monocoque semi-cap construction
- Full wood core
- Hook-free tapered shape
- Edge-free extremities
- Honeycomb tip
- Wide edge
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I'm a solid intermediate, 5'10" 165 lbs....
I'm a solid intermediate, 5'10" 165 lbs. I only ski in Utah and a few weeks ago took out a demo pair of Q 105s in 181cm. They didn't have a 188 for demo. I had a blast on them but was wondering if I'd be better going up to 188?
You tried the 181cm and loved it, what more is there to say Andrew? 181cm is the correct length for a guy your size and being a strong intermediate.
I'm 6'1" 178lb expert and I would stick with the 181cm. Remember there is only a gentle rise tail so you actually get more usable length out of the Quest series. You would be surprised that your everyday fun level would probably drop a little on the long 188cm. Only advantage the 188cm will have is float on the deep days but at your size the 181cm will support you perfectly.
Hope that helps,
What length would you recommend for a 5'...
What length would you recommend for a 5' 10", 155lb entry level skier ?
How old are you? What part of the country do you live in? Is this you first pair of skis?
Tough call between the 174 and the 181cm. Entry level skier tends to point me towards the 174cm but your height tends to with the 181cm. Personally if you truly are a beginner I would stick with the 174cm. Learn to ski it, get better, stay in a more user friendly size until you are ready to jump into something longer. The tail doesn't have very much rocker in it so it will ski a little longer than some of the other skis in this category. If you were at the intermediate level and advancing quickly I would say go for the 181cm. Especially if you think of yourself as an aggressive and fast learner.
Hope that helps and feel free to ask anything else,
Thanks for the info. I live in Colorado and am an experienced snowboarder but only skied a handful of time 15+ years ago and never on telemarks.
Just following up to see if you decided on anything yet? If you did then don't worry about replying.
Skiing the Sliver Couloir in the Q-105
Grand Teton National Park
A Backcountry.com employee ski day up at Powder Mountain, Utah! See if you can spot all the goats, there's one on every ski.
These skis weight about 8.46 lbs.
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Why is the turning radius of this ski so...
Why is the turning radius of this ski so much longer than the one of the Q115 if this has a skinnier waist?
turning radius has little to do with the width of the ski underfoot ... turning radius has to do with the overall sidecut of the ski. You will notice that the tip and tail of the ski are wider than the underfoot part. The shape of the ski gets wider from the middle towards both tips in an arcing shape. If you were to lay your ski flat on the ground and trace that shape.. and continued in that shape past the tip and tail of the ski, it would make a large circle. The radius of that circle would be the turn radius of the ski. So, it is a combination of the waist width, tip and tail width, and length of the ski that end up making the turn radius of the ski.
This is why a ski like the Faction Thirteen in a 194 that is only 112mm underfoot has a 46m turn radius ... while something like the 192 Rocker 122 (which is 122mm underfoot) only has a 26m turn radius.
But then why would Salomon have their Quest line increase in turning radii from the 90 to the 105, and then suddenly go to a much shorter radius on the 115?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Q-105s excel as an all mountain ski. I put about 20 days on them last winter in between pow days and during the spring at Alta/Snowbird. Salomon has keeps refining the rocker profile for different users. These have ample low profile tip rocker and slightly early rise tail. The tail is almost a flat tail but it has a subtle early rise that helps the tail release. I found that you can smear quick turns without the full 'pivot' feel you get from a double rockered ski. They are great on groomers since they have good sidecut and the low profile tip rocker + honeycomb tip keeps the tip flap to a minimum. I love the light weight of the ski too, it just makes it so user friendly. In the steeps I like how these make it easy to smear the top of the turn to get the ski in the fall line and then they make nice predictable turns.
Salomon Q-105 Ski
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A great Alpine Touring ski!
These skis are a great match with Dyanfit TLT's- light, great everyday ski, and are great for powder.