Salomon QST Pro 110 W

Model Year
2017-18
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100 ( 100-106 )
Flex Index
110
Price (MSRP)
$725.00USD

The Gist

The 2018 Salomon QST Pro 110 W returns mainly unchanged and in similar fashion to last season's test we found a broad spectrum of takes on this unique all-mountain hiker. From the first look at the QST Pro it's apparent that it's different. The low-slung instep of the cabrio lower with the embedded Endofit tongue looks a little spacey, and entry to this ski escape pod is different too—pull on the tongue loop and simply drive the foot on in, but don't pull too hard or the tongue can pop out of its slotted berth. Once in, testers either loved the close grip over the instep or they began thinking of a Custom Shell cook job to raise the roof a bit.

The Fit

Testers place the QST Pro on the snug side of the medium-width group in the lower boot, where the fit is painted on every nook and cranny. The upper cuff is more relaxed, addressing the shin with a flat but padded feel and an open-enough boot top to handle thicker calves. The stance is noticeably upright, testers concurred, and the tongue is firm against the shin, and yet the boot's flex is long-travel and springy. These fit, stance and flex characteristics either brought tears of joy to testers' eyes or the other kind in a fairly even split.

Performance

The upright, springy stance put many testers on their heels, but several mentioned that the long travel flex allowed them to get forward into a good skiing position. The lateral cuff geometry is a little on the knock-kneed side of neutral, which gives the QST Pro a slinky, agile attitude which was particularly fun in softer snow off-piste, testers said. Testers who rolled the edge angle up a little steeper found a stable base of lateral support. Testers liked the lightweight feel of the boot and found it to be a capable hiker-skinner.

Cool Features

Testers like the easy flip-switch of the sideways Surelock cuff release, though some mentioned wishing it wasn't located as high on the boot spine, hidden under the powder cuff. The QST Pro 110 W comes with alpine soles, but a rockered, tech-compatible sole set is available as an accessory purchase.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22-27.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Cabrio/3-PC
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
QST Pro 90 W, $600; QST Pro 80 W, $475
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
18.31
  • 2017-18 Salomon Qst Pro 110w at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Salomon Qst Pro 110w at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Salomon Qst Pro 110w at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Fit like a glove and felt nice on the shin—quick!” -- Colleen McGuire
  • “Rolled to an edge easily! Super light and easy on and off.” -- Lee Ann Ross
  • “A quick boot with a light feel for the snow.” --
  • “The three-buckle design stands apart from the others—I'd recommend it!” -- Kelsey Holmer
  • “You can float through powder and slay groomers with these.” -- Julia Carr
  • “Quickness, steering and feel—excels in these areas.” --
  • “Skied surprisingly well—supportive without feeling stiff.” --
  • “I just did not want to take this boot off! Fun and playful!” -- Kelly Finnen
  • “Very quick and fun!” -- Karin Riley

Caveats

  • “Difficult to put on.” --
  • “Backseat driving—really upright.” -- Sam Tischendorf
  • “Springy, hyperactive flex was difficult to control.” --
  • “Unresponsive and sitting in the back seat.” -- Kimberly Kinney
  • “I couldn’t get on edge to save my life!” --

This boot available at...

Killington, VT
Warren, VT
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Breckenridge, CO

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