I'm a 48 year old long term skier. I weigh around 87kg and stand around 177cm high. I live in Oz and ski between 15 and 25 days in a typical season. I expect to ski more like 35 days this season. I will usually get in around 12 days skiing in Japan etc 2 years out of every three. I would describe myself as an advanced recreational skier. I'm probably around the level of a PSIA L2 skier.
I'm choosing between some Salomon Q105's and QLabs. These skis would be mounted with Atomic Tracker 13 bindings. The intended use would be powder, short side country tours in Oz, and trips to Japan including side country. They would supplement my Head Rev Pro 85 @177cm. I currently have some Salomon Q98's @180cm as powder/travel skis. I've quite liked the ease of use in soft snow of those skis and don't ski at sufficient pace in those conditions to reveal any shortcomings (if they exist). I've also liked them in bumps (a lot). On groomers I've found them great when skiing slightly reigned in provided there is just a touch of forgiveness to the snow. When it gets super firm there are better skis. Those skis are already on their second set of bindings and I'm not keen to drill yet another set of holes for the Tracker bindings.
So, I imagine the Q105 offers much the same performance as the Q98, just in a slightly wider package. The main issue relates to the QLab. I quite like as I say the forgiveness and ease of use of the Q98. I like how easy it is to adjust turn radius on the fly, how easy they are in bumps and trees etc. I don't mind the idea of a slightly more substantial ski for crud and very firm snow, but worry how much of a trade off there would be in bumps and trees.