Well, it finally happened. Salomon made a QST light enough to bring on longer missions. Working with Mr. Cody Townsend during his famous QUEST to ski the 50 classics, the designers managed to drop the weight of those unnecessary vowels. Behold the QST ECHO 106. Mixing some Karuba wood into the poplar core and using a cork damplifier in the tip and tail, they managed to retain enough of the QST’s ski performance while helping your save your leg muscles so you can actually ski them. Along with the cork, basalt fibers keep it damp while the friendly shape makes it intuitive to turn, especially in soft snow. The freeride profile is maintained so QST fans will instantly recognize the easy turn initiation as the tips plain up above powder and mank. Camber underfoot keeps it lively and you can whip it around even faster at the lighter weight, and it can still respond when you push into it. The Salomon QST Echo 106 will echo back the energy you put in, which should now be greater with less effort spent on the skin track.
- Karuba / Poplar wood core is a nice combo of lightweight energy.
- Robust double sidewalls are made with 100% recycled ABS plastic.
- Basalt Superlight fibers give the damp feel for which Salomon is known.
- Freeride Profile is designed for those off-piste encounters you’ll find in the wild.
- Cork Damplifier in the tip and tail absorb vibration while reducing weight.
- 30% recycled topsheet materials are painted with 70% cool graphics.
|Lengths (cm)||157, 165, 173, 181, 189|
|Weight (pair)||3060g 
||Rounded tip and thin flat tail|
|Specs Verified||173+ only|
||24% rocker tip, camber underfoot, 21% rocker tail|
||Rounded & tapered nose, medium radius, squarish tail|
||Double sidewall sandwich|
||Karuba & Poplar wood|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Powder surfing, backcountry missions|
|Notes||Basalt & cork keep things damp|
|Bottom Line||Cody's secret weapon|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I've only skied a couple of laps on these, but they're damp and like to turn. Thanks to the camber, they're very maneuverable, great in trees and steeps. The shorter effective edge makes them less ideal for high speeds or hardpack. But for an all-around adventure ski, they're great.
Overall, I think the Echo is a loose, playful, but still directional ski. For those that ski the QST 106 and or have a loose directional style, it could work quite well!
>drop the weight of those unnecessary vowels
>still 1780g in 181
My Voile Hyperchargers say hello at 1,400g and almost exactly the same dimensions!
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