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Salomon Q-105 Question

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Debating pulling the trigger on the Salomon Q-105, a ski I haven't even tried yet. I demo'd the Rocker 2 108 a few years back and for me, it was the most enjoyable ski I'd ever skied on all things but groomers. I felt the Rocker 2 was inadequate on hard pack, so to me, the obvious next choice would be the Q-105. I'm not looking for a groomer ski here, but what I am looking for the one ski that I can bring on long trips to Europe, mount touring bindings on and still be happy on piste. The majority of the terrain I'll be skiing will be couloirs, steep faces, and trees. On down days, I'll be skiing groomers with friends. With all that said, will I be able to enjoy myself enough on the occasional hard pack European pistes on these skis? It had a rather large turn radius, larger than that of the Rocker 2; does the ski pull you across the fall line when you get it on edge like skis with a tighter radius do (something I do like)? 

About me: I'm 6'4", 185 lbs, racing background. I'm more of a technical skier and only let it really open up when conditions are smooth. I like a ski that's very maneuverable/playful. Still, I enjoy the occasional groomer and appreciate a ski that can carve a nice round arc, almost effortlessly. I currently have the Nordica Helldorado (my one ski for most trips) and the Line Sick Day 95 (actually my East Coast groomer/bump ski). I love the Helldorado's, except my set up is way too heavy, and a bit wide for short, steep uphill tours. Oddly, I find the Line Sick Day a great groomer ski, though sometimes a little stiff to be truly fun in other conditions, though they ski everything well (too narrow for the deep stuff though). 

In looking at other options out there, I find myself tempted by the Fischer Ranger 108, the Volkl 100Eight and the Salomon Q-Lab. I think the Q-Lab will be too stiff for what I'm looking for. So many tempting options, but very few places for me to demo, especially in time for this season. 

I'd appreciate any advice on the Q-105's (and anything else)!

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The QLab is a lot of ski. If you liked the Sali feel, you will likely like the Q series. I added a Q85 this year for my trees/tight spaces Eastern ski.
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Pretty heavy to tour on though. Thatcher, if you can demo a Nordica Nrgy 100, IMHO, for a person with your background it's a superior ski AND light enough to mount up with a tech binding.
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Pretty heavy to tour on though. Thatcher, if you can demo a Nordica Nrgy 100, IMHO, for a person with your background it's a superior ski AND light enough to mount up with a tech binding.

I have had complaints with the NRGy shaped skis, specifically the Vagabond in that the lower tip was getting caught in the snow and they preferred a higher rounded tip. This is second hand news but from a couple of reliable sources who back country a lot. 

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Yeah, that makes sense. The tip is pretty low. The Vagabond is also wider than I'd want to deal with. Dunno, maybe the Q is a decent compromise so long as its not skied short.
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Debating pulling the trigger on the Salomon Q-105, a ski I haven't even tried yet. I demo'd the Rocker 2 108 a few years back and for me, it was the most enjoyable ski I'd ever skied on all things but groomers. I felt the Rocker 2 was inadequate on hard pack, so to me, the obvious next choice would be the Q-105.

That just screams a look at the Rocker2 100 in a 186.
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I ski the Q98, and, think that line of skis is soft snow focused, so, I would be a little concerned that your harder snow condition needs would be well served with the wider 105. I just don't like my 98s on harder snow surfaces, where, I much prefer a more narrow carving ski. 

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