Hi so new skis, new review... I got these sort of on the recommendation of Carveman. I can't say specifically he overtly recommended them but he did suggest I look into them. I did like the old Salomon Q98 but wanted that playfulness with a bit more stoutness. They are 181cm and look super cool. So, the review so far is limited to 2 half days at Hakuba 47 on firm snow. That's kind of good though as I'm confident this ski will rock in soft snow. The big query is how it would go on hard snow. The other thing I should mention is, being only days 1 & 2 back on snow, I've been skiing well within myself. Indeed today I was voluntary lead instructor to my 6 year old! Anyway, good news - the ski handles hard snow vastly better than the Q98 it replaced. It's balance point is also better - the Q98 felt slightly forward (although one quickly got used to it). The QST seems perfect right from the get go. It seem to deal with hard snow pretty well - as I say a lot better than the Q98. It's balanced in longer turns and to date I have had no chatter. The other comparison ski is the Line Supernatural 100. This QST seems about as good as the Line on hard snow with a touch more lightness and ease, but really my experience to date is there isn't much in it. That's a big difference as before there was a profound difference on hard snow between the Line Supernatural 100 and the Salomona Q98.