Salomon Q103 Stella

2014

Women's Freeride
Salomon
Price: £450.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Lower Intermediate Upper Advanced Upper Expert Upper Intermediate
Sidecut 127-102-119
Turn radius 23.3 (165)
Lengths 158, 165, 172, 179
Construction Honeycomb frame
Utility rocker
Oversized Pulsepad
Strengths Easy to use, yet grippy and stable at speed
Weaknesses Harder work in short turns

They say

The Stella is aimed at women freeriders who ski aggressively all over the mountain. On the ski’s extremities it uses a honeycomb and ABS reinforced frame to reduce inertia and make for a more manoeuvrable and stable ski.
 

We say

This is another ski that feels easy to use thanks to a rockered tip that allows the turn to be initiated with minimal effort. This works really well in deeper conditions where it feels floaty and easy to adjust. The clever bit is that when you’re moving back on the piste the Stella can carve out smooth, grippy long turns which feel much stronger than you would expect for such a wide, rockered ski. That strength, with such great edge-hold, gives reassuring stability when going for high speeds, both on and off piste. Overall, a great new ski from Salomon, which works well in all terrain and conditions.

Tester Comments

Lynn Mill
Somehow manages to feel both light and sturdy! Very stable at speed during long turns on piste due to the stiff non-rockered tail