The Q-85 from Salomon makes a great ski for the beginner to intermediate skier that wants a light and snappy ski that will allow them to progress as a skier and learn to conquer more difficult terrain that ever before. Salomon's Utility Rocker has a rockered tip, camber underfoot, and a small amount of rocker in the tail that will give you the ability to ski easier, and have more fun anywhere you can go on the mountain. The Q-85 has a Full Wood Core that is lightweight and has a snappy feeling for lighter weight or lesser aggressive skiers to zip turns down the frontside of the mountain. The Semi-Sandwich Construction does a great job of providing you with edge hold on firm snow with a vertical sidewall underfoot, and maneuverability with a cap construction in the tips and tails. The Q-85 has a Hook Free Taper that brings the contact points further back that prevent the tips and tails of the skis from getting caught up in bumps, crud or variable snow conditions, and increase your mobility on the slopes. The 85mm waist is best suited for on trail skiing and making short to medium radius turns, but will also give you flotation and stability when you decide to venture off the groomers on powder days.
Hi, I'm Thom and I just got off of the Salomon Q85. I'm going to give this guy 4 out of 5 stars. For what this is, it's a really solid ski. It's definitely geared at your really athletic beginner up through even a low-level advanced type skier who wants something that's going to be a little bit loose. Have that, sort of, all- mountain feel but in a little bit more narrow, little bit more manageable package. The thing skids turns easily, smears turns easily and it even gets up onto edge and carves pretty solid. It's definitely not for your advanced-level skier but somebody who's working on kind of honing in their technique and wants to explore a little bit more of the mountain. It's a great option. 4 out of 5 stars.
I'm Adam and I was just skiing on the Salomon Q85. I give this ski 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great ski for that intermediate skier who's looking to ski to really take them to the next level and explore a different piece of the mountain. 85mm underfoot with rocker in the tip, rocker in the tail, camber underfoot. It has a really, really lively feel on the snow but it's also very easy to control. It's one of those skis that, if you've never really skied off-trail before and you're looking for a ski that you can start to take off-trail, this would be a good one for ya. 4 out of 5.
Hey, this is Jeff. I just got off the Salomon Q85. I give this ski 3.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn't really great in hard pack conditions but I imagine it would be a lot of fun in softer snow. This ski's really for somebody who's aspiring to be a better skier and is looking for something a little bit wider. Again, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. The Q85 from Salomon.
Hi, I'm Jim. I just got done ripping this Salomon Q85. This is an intermediate ski. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you're getting into skiing and you want to make that step up to get to the advanced level, this is a good ski to do that with. It has good edge hold, it has a high edge wall. Good stability at high speeds. It's the Salomon Q85. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Hey, I'm Mike. I just got done skiing the Salomon Q85. 5 out of 5 for this ski. It actually surprised me. At this price-point it's a really good value for an aspiring intermediate and will actually take you, I think, all the way through to the advanced level. It's 85 underfoot so it's really going to be a very versatile ski. It does everything very well. Short turns it does well, medium turns I actually had a lot of fun doing really fast long radius turns. It's, like I said, it's a versatile ski. It'll do the groomers very well. It would probably even do very well in transitional snow, maybe a little bit of light powder Anything deeper than a few inches you might want to step up your game to something a little bit wider but, for the most part, if you're doing primarily frontside and you're an intermediate to advanced skier, the Salomon Q85 would be a great choice - 5 out of 5.
A: Based on your age, weight, and ability the 174cm would be a nice option for you. A Salomon Z 12 Ti, or Marker Squire with a 90mm brake would be a solid option. This will feel much lighter weight than the two K2 skis you have been skiing on.