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WAIST WIDTH88, 89, 91, 92, 93mm
LENGTHS155, 165, 175, 180, 185
RATING: 2.59 / 5
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Scott's The Ski is a new model that reaches back into the annals of skiing heritage. The Ski was originally a model developed by freestyle skiing pioneer Bobbie Burns, who lives in Sun Valley, where Scott USA is based. This tribute version uses the original graphic but is a contemporary design, with an elliptical (or humped) top sheet that saves weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. But under the top sheet it's a laminate construction-not cap-with a wood core milled in an arch-topped shape. It's designed to be a soft-flexing, forgiving, all-mountain generalist (the shortened sidewalls below the arched top give it a less aggressive edge bite than full-sidewall skis). Tip rocker absorbs terrain shocks and adds soft-snow flotation. Scott's 3D Sidecut breaks the ski into three sections, with a straighter section underfoot and traditionally deep sidecut radii in the tip and tail. This is designed to improve stability at speed and give the ski a playful easy-pivoting feel. The Ski features a new version of 3Dimension sidecut, with a section of long-radius (rather than straight-line) sidecut. "The Ski is quick, nimble, and user-friendly. The turn shape is completely predictable. It rips at speed, and has a light liveliness that played well in the bumps," said Bob Gleason.
WAIST WIDTH106, 108, 110mm
LENGTHS173, 183, 189
RATING: 2.50 / 5
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Though it's been updated over the years, the Punisher is a longstanding member of the Scott collection-an all-terrain twintip designed with plenty of rocker in the tip and tail. Its width changes with length, ranging from 104 mm to 110 mm in four different lengths (163 cm to 189 cm). The sidecut is unusual: there's a long section of straight sidecut underfoot, along with traditional sidecut in the tip and tail. The idea is to enhance stability at high speeds while preserving an easy-to-pivot feel. The construction is all wood core with no metal laminates. The Punisher was tested in the Mixed Snow West category. Here's what testers said:
Todd Casey: "This skied better than I thought it would. It's predictable, a bit skiddy, but a perfect blend of new and old."
Bob Gleason: "These skis are cool, calm, and collected. The punisher is a smoothie and easy to predict. The turn shape is well defined in a middle-of-the-road fashion. It enters the turn with ease and follows through in a well coached way."
Sam Bass: "This is a crud destroyer! It's easy and smeary off trail and on groomed it makes big round turns. It's not quick but it's very secure and grippy."
Dan Withey: "Easy and predictable. The tip rocker allows for easy turn initiation. It's a fun all-mountain ski, good for a lot of skiers."
Scott Basso: "It handled the crud nicely and was stable at speeds with a bigger turn radius. It was not a lively ski, although it was damp."
The Scott Scrapper is a powder-specific twin-tip in Scott's Freeski collection. It's the biggest ski Scott makes, with a 124 waist (in the 190 cm length). It's a stiff, wood-core laminate construction with no metal (metal would make a ski this size too heavy) and a sidecut that wants to carve long arcs in wide open spaces. Full-length vertical sidewalls give it solidity on edge. Scott's 3-D sidecut breaks the ski into three sections, with a straight section underfoot and traditional sidecut radii in the tip/tail. This meant to help improve stability at speed and give the ski a playful, easy-pivoting feel. Scott gave it a decent dose of rocker in the tip and tail, just enough to loosen it up and smooth the ride in broken snow. As with many Scott models, the waist width and tip/tail dimensions vary by length to provide consistent performance throughout the size run.
Here's what testers say:
"Buttery smooth feel. Laying it over felt so good. It's super agile and very quick on the draw. It can handle conditions from west coast heavy snow to light blower in the Rockies." - Mike Britt
"This ski is a blast. It looked forward to the nastiest of conditions and took care of business for you. It was comfortable charging and cruising. It just wanted to be out in the snow." - Mike Rogan
"I was surprised by how fun and easy to ski the Scrapper is. After a long pow day, the Scrapper felt good on the legs." - Luke Larson
"Big and burly - these skis are huge. These things are great in pow, but are a lot to handle in other situations. If you like to run and gun, then these are for you. They're tanks!" - Jeremy Benson
WAIST WIDTH84, 85mm
RATING: 2.48 / 5
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The groomer-oriented Luna, which is similar to the men's Reverse, features a relatively narrow waist for quickness and hard-snow bite, along with two sheets of metal reinforcement for a quiet, calm ride at speed. The concave shape of the Venturi tip is combined with a small (200 mm) dose of tip rocker to smooth the ride in rough conditions. Scott's Dual Radius design combines a larger radius section in the tip with tighter radius elsewhere to give it a forgiving feel and enhanced versatility of turn shape. Hollow tip-to-tail channels are milled out of the wood core to reduce weight. All of Scott's women's specific constructions are designed to be lighter and livelier than their men's counterparts.
Don't think tune matters? Lots of testers skied this new model prior to the test and expected great things. But the X-Drive had a bad day, as its rankings reflect. Testers who'd skied it knew it deserved a better result. It's the successor to Salomon's Enduro series of frontside technicians-a line long fa- vored by testers. It's a capable fat carver that loves speed and high edge angles. With the right tune, it instills confi- dence. With the right tune.
Salomon nailed the graph- ics in this niche, where brands still pitch NASCAR- inspired topsheets to women who ski groomers. Not that we judge a book by its cover. This new ski is a serious, quick carver. It got nicked for being "hooky"- its powerful tail won't let go until the turn is good and done-but hey, a race car isn't always smooth off the clutch. "A cheater GS ski," said Brown Lovell.
The Rockette is Salomon's fattest women's ski, and it's built for deep-snow performance with a floaty 115 mm waist (at 170 cm).
Like all models in the Rocker2 line (which includes the 122, the 108, the 100, and the women's 115-waisted Rockette), it's a twin-tip built for surfy, loose, playful skiing-especially in soft snow. Aggressive rocker in both the tip and tail, with minimal camber under foot, help make switch riding and smeared turns easy.
Hook Free Taper in both the tip and tail brings the widest points of the ski closer to the foot for a looser, smearier feel that's never hooky in soft snow and crud.
Salomon consolidates the ski's mass closer to the foot by incorporating lightweight honeycomb structures into the tip and tail to reduce swing weight and enhance maneuverability and quickness.
It's a metal-less, full wood-core Salomon Monocoque (structural cap) construction built for good edginess and soft-snow-loving liveliness. Extra-wide edges are built and reinforced to withstand off-trail abuse and edge rip-out.
Salomon fans will notice that Salomon significantly consolidated its line last year, eliminating redundant models (including several BBRs and the narrower Rocker/Rockettes) and focusing on two key freeskiing lines, Rocker2 and the Quest family. While the Rocker2 skis (widths of 100 to 122 mm) still offer a more newschool, looser, twin-tip type of performance, the Quest series (83 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance.
The 100 joins Salomon's Rocker2 line this year, bringing a narrower waist width that's more appropriate to everyday, resort-based conditions. It's built for newschool-style skiing with twin tips and a loose surfy feel that will carve when you want it to on hard snow without feeling overly edgy or grabby. It gets just a bit of camber underfoot along with heavy rocker tip and tail, so it smears turns readily and won't feel hooky at speed. (Tip and tail taper enhance that sensation.) It's a full wood core Monocoque (structural cap) construction designed for maximum liveliness. The tip and tail feature honeycomb sections that reduce swing weight for enhanced quickness, and the edges are extra beefy to withstand punishment. It was tested in the Mixed Snow West category. Here's what testers said:
Dan Withey: "These are fun in predictable snow. They ski better at slower speeds. You can get tossed around in bumps. They are great fun for a slow-speed pow skier."
Scott Basso: "These are fun, playful, quick, lively skis. They have great transitions from different turn radii. I could ski these in a variety of different ski positions."
Kevin Luby: "This is a pretty dang fun cruiser. The tip really chewed through crud. This is just supportive enough to be fun on groomers."
Bob Gleason: "The rocker bellies deeply in the turn. The radius is quite short given the light side cut. It's very smudgy in the tail and has a banana sort of feel."
Luke Larsen: "This ski is easy and relaxed like Sunday morning. Turns are easy in easy out as long as you stay centered on the ski or it folds a bit."
Jeremy Benson: "This is a playful, fun ski. A little short for soft snow especially in the tip, but it's a great all around ski that rips on groomers. This would be a good frontside option for someone who also owns pow skis."