Q Lab

Salomon Q Lab

Brand
Salomon
Model
Q Lab
Category
Freeride
Weight
2520 gr
Waist
109.2 mm
Tested length
190 cm
Year
2015

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

8
7
6
6
5
Fri Flyt overall rating of Salomon Q Lab:

7 / 10

Flotation:
8 / 10
Turning capabilities:
7 / 10
Stability at speed:
7 / 10
Technical info:
Only the letter Q is left of Salomon´s Quest series, as well as the idea of making more riding oriented skis than the playful Rocker 2-models. Q LAB is rather special in its construction, with a very pronounced sidecut in an extremely stiff back ski. In return it has a long radius in the front. A massive construction provides for the test's heaviest ski. It has a low rocker in the front and back ski.

On snow:
This solid model from Salomon is not that easy to get a grip on. We all agreed that it is a solid freeride ski which functions best outside the groomed trails. But despite the high weight, the stability at speed receives a mixed reception. Would Q LAB have been better with less sidecut in the back ski? We think so. But it is a versatile freeride ski when the snow conditions are varied.


Q Lab

Technical data:

Measured length
188 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 87665
Brand
Salomon
Model
Q Lab
Produced
Austria
Available lengths
176, 183
Contact length
113 cm
Rocker tail
28 cm
Rocker nose
47 cm
Side cut
149 cm
Taper tail
13 cm
Taper tip
26 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
12 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
6.5 cm
Max tail width
133.5 mm
Min waist width
109.2 mm
Max nose width
144.5 mm
Side cut radius
19.7 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
11 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2255 cm2
Weight
2520 gr
Relative weight
1.12 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
12 mm
Hight nose tip
54 mm
Angle tail tip
12°
Angle nose tip
27°
Height of camber
7 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.