Salomon Q98

2014

Men's Freeride
Salomon
Price: £400.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 137-98-123
Turn radius 19.6 (188)
Lengths 156, 164, 172, 180, 188
Construction Honeycomb tip
Utility rocker
Full wood core
Strengths Nice shape that works really well on the entry to the turn
Weaknesses Could use a smoother flex

They say

The new Q range from Salomon is focused on backcountry riding. They all use a ’utility’ rocker - rockered tip, a large traditional camber section underfoot, and a lower tail rocker.

We say

The Q98 is easy to use and has a reactive shape. The front defines its character, drawing the ski into the turn through its elongated, rockered shape. It feels nicely geared up for speed, the solid construction giving the skier confidence to push the performance-level up a notch or two. For high-speed blasting through crud and mixed-up conditions, it’s a great ski. It can feel quite ‘clunky’ at times and a smoother, more progressive flex would help, particularly at slower speeds. But overall, a solid freeride ski that works well at speed.

Tester Comments

Mark Jones
Lovely shape through the nose, and great for fast, long turns
Alyn Morgan
If you want to ski fast, have stability and like long turns, this is actually great fun. It’s not so useable at slower speeds because of its relative stiffness