I skied my Q-105's today (181 mounted on the suggested line) in ~10" of medium density powder. These ski's rock! Often compared to the Soul7 due to the similar dims and composite tip and tail but the Q is far more stable and serious. Where the Soul7 fails in snow like this, the Q dominated it. Where they are similar is the light feel and next to zero swing weight. 2 traits that I loved about the Soul7. The Q has less camber than the Soul7. I was skiing with a friend from Steamboat Ski who felt the Soul7 has too much camber and may be part of its problem with getting knocked around. The Q still has enough camber to be fairly energetic (its not super poppy or jibby) . The Q has less rocker; in fact, nearly no tail rocker (Some reviews say it has none but it does; its just subtle). I have grown to want a tail that can be used to finish a turn and to modulate radii. Its a mid-stiff ski with softer tips that build in stiffness; underfoot is fairly stiff as is the tail with just last few inches (where the composite is) being softer. The tip has a nice low splay that the call Utility rocker, pretty means not a lot. The Q just skis so smooth and precisely. Fairly damp too. It had excellent float, on broken terrain, you have to be a little more patient in the transition (the lack of tail rocker makes you be a little more attentive and accurate) but once you tip it, it hooks up smoothly (nice tapered tip) and holds the track of the turn very well. I was very impressed with the Q in bumps, its thin tip works well in troughs and I found that it was pretty much a point-and-shoot ski. The tips flex enough to absorb. Underfoot is fairly stiff and holds well. I had it on some 30*+ faces today and it was very easy to set and release the edges and with the zero swing weight, tight slotted turns were smooth and predictable. Philpug named it a steal and deal ski a couple years back and I have to fully agree. I think the Q is a ski that never got it's props and if anyone is looking for a ski like a Soul7, they should really take a serious look at the Q.
Size (cm)181 Tip Width (mm)133 Waist Width (mm)104 Tail Width (mm)125 Turning Radius (m)23.3
Edited by Finndog - 3/25/15 at 6:34pm