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Salomon Q98 size recommandation

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi, 

I'm about to pull the trigger on a pair of Salomon Q98. I'm just wondering what size should I go with. I'm 6 foot tall, 190lbs, advanced skier, 90% east coast, mostly groomed but want to enjoy the occasional powder day and off piste. If I take a look at the Salomon's chart, 188 is my recommended size, but damn those are LOOONG. My other choice is the 180cm. Any recommandation?? 

Thank you

post #2 of 14

The Q98 is a largely soft snow biased ski and wouldn't be my first choice if I still lived back east (esp for 90% groomer skiing). Nevertheless, if that's the ski you want and you feel that a 188 sounds a little long, no reason not to go for the 180.

 

However, there are any number of 88-90mm skis that would probably be a better fit for what you are suggesting that you'll be doing.

 

SJ

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Maybe I'll add the Q90 to my list!

post #4 of 14

Listen to SJ. The Q98 is the find of ski that makes a great compliment to a quiver if you already have a frontside ski. I've been thinking about grabbing them for ungroomed trails 1-4 days after a powder day or in the spring to fit in between my K2 Rictor 82 and Fischer Big Stix 110.

post #5 of 14

I didn't want to start ANOTHER Q-98 thread, so figured I would add to this one.

 

What is the stiffness of this ski like?

 

I'm looking for a daily driver for Utah conditions to replace a pair of Bonafide's. I found them a little too stiff and not too maneuverable. I don't want to give up too much soft crud and groomer performance.  I'm not sure if this would be a small or large step down. Not too concerned about float. I have JJ's for that.

 

These skis can be found so cheap right now, I figured it would be worth a shot picking a pair up for next year.

post #6 of 14

The Q-98 will be easier to turn in mixed and 3-D snow conditions b/c it will bend more easily and thus it will turn you more than you will have to turn it. OTH, it will not grip as well as the Bone nor be as stable either on higher speed groomers, harder snow, or when pushing heavier crud. (of course I realize that my definition of heavier crud probably differs from yours....:D)

 

SJ

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post

 
The Q-98 will be easier to turn in mixed and 3-D snow conditions b/c it will bend more easily and thus it will turn you more than you will have to turn it. OTH, it will not grip as well as the Bone nor be as stable either on higher speed groomers, harder snow, or when pushing heavier crud. (of course I realize that my definition of heavier crud probably differs from yours....biggrin.gif )

SJ
Thanks Jim, that's pretty much what I was thinking...especially with those softer cap-construction tips.

Will it grip/be more stable on hardpack than a similar sized Soul 7? I got a free demo a weeks ago....didn't live up the the hype.

Now I just need to figure out if how I ski is considered "high speed." I think that term is really determined by which group of friends I ski/compare with that day
Edited by Ebotshon - 3/31/14 at 3:10pm
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ebotshon View Post
 

Thanks Jim, that's pretty much what I was thinking...especially with those softer cap-construction tips.

 

Will it grip/be more stable on hardpack than a similar sized Soul 7? I demoed them a few weeks ago. 

 

Now I just need to figure out if how I ski is considered "high speed." I think that term is really determined by which group of friends I ski/compare with that day

 

There is no particular magic in the Soul 7. It is a nice, soft snow biased ski but for an OSQ, it takes a back seat to a few other 10X's and also to most of the better ~~ 98's. IME the Q-98 is a bit better in grip/stability than the Soul7 although not as floaty.

 

SJ

post #9 of 14

Skied the Q-98 a few weeks ago. My good friend and I have the same BSL and are the same height and weight. 

Fun ski, easy, easy and soo light. For the advanced skier in mixed snow and just exploring everything on the mountain could be a good ski for you for sure and 180 cm is what my friend has and is very happy with them. He doesn't ski his Atomic D2's or G3's much any more because their too much work and he's not a charger. He's an advanced skier like you but in the west. 

If your aggressive or ski really fast look elsewhere. Otherwise nice ski especially for the low $.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
 

 

There is no particular magic in the Soul 7. It is a nice, soft snow biased ski but for an OSQ, it takes a back seat to a few other 10X's and also to most of the better ~~ 98's. IME the Q-98 is a bit better in grip/stability than the Soul7 although not as floaty.

 

SJ

 

Exactly my experience.

 

 

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post #11 of 14

I'm pretty much the same size and weight of the OP,and, like him, I'm east coast based. I bought the 180 cm, Q98 prior to the Epic Utah Gathering in February, used it for 10 days in soft western conditions. Pretty much, I agree with the above comments regarding this ski. I am not a high speed charger, but, it's plenty stable in the speeds I ski. I really liked the softer flex in bumps as it does not throw me around. It's light, easy to turn and comfortable to ski all day long, my knees did a lot less complaining at day's end than on stiffer skis.. During the times I was on some pretty hard snow, very quickly realized it's not my narrow waist eastern carver, but, I got by. On hard snow, it's a lot more about the skier skill set, IMHO. I've tried other 90 waist skis, none did what the Q98 did for me in soft snow.

 

After a few days adjusting to a ski 25mm wider than my daily driver, the Q98's facilitated some great experiences in new snow, crud and bumps. Took them out on some soft snow days back home, and, they are just fun. They are a great complement to my carvers, a great fit in a two ski quiver, at least for me.

 

Thanks to @Philpug and StartHaus for the deal and the tune. 

post #12 of 14

Would something like the Line Prophet 98 fall between the Boanfide and the Quest 98? Or more towards one ski than the other? Semi-metal and 1/2 cap construction.

The price of the Salomon's is driving me towards them - but I don't want a noodle.

post #13 of 14

After demoing the Q105 and Prophet, I'd assume the Q98 and Prophet are similar in overall stiffness.  The biggest difference should be that the Prophet has a more uniform round flex, and the Q98 would be like the Q105 with softer tips and tails with the main edge engagement in the middle 2/3s of the ski, like a 5 point design.

 

 

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How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.

post #14 of 14

Didn't want to start a new thread so i might as well ask around here. Im 5' 8" 148lbs. I like to ski trees and do a bit of East Coast side country, however most of the time i like to ski the sides of trails. is a 172 going to be good for me?

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