Rossignol Scratch (2017)

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Price: $600.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 87
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119-87-109
Lengths: 167, 174, 180

The park-specific Rossignol Scratch returns with a new graphic, a slightly fatter shape, and a slightly longer sidecut radius for 2017. The 2016 Scratch was 84 mm in the waist, with a 21-meter radius (at 181 cm); the 2017 Scratch is 87 mm in the waist, with a 24-meter sidecut (at 180 cm). It's no longer offered in the tween-friendly 160-cm length. (The new minimum size is 167 cm.) And it's no longer built on a combination wood-and-foam core; for 2017, the core is all poplar. Also new this year, it gets a touch of smeary, easy-pivoting rocker in the tip and tail. Rossi says the Scratch, Tanner Hall's original pro model, is the most decorated ski in the history of the Winter X Games. It belongs to the S Series Jib collection of park and slopestyle twin-tips, which range in width from the 97-mm Slat down to the 80-mm Sprayer. (There's a youth model as well, the Scratch Pro, in three sizes, 138, 148, and 158 cm.) Two models, Slat and Storm, are built for all-mountain versatility and powder jibbing. Two others, the long-successful Scratch and value-priced Sprayer, are more park- and pipe-oriented. All have low taper angle (the tail is only seven mm narrower than the tip), so they're comfortable skiing backward as well as forward. Rossi's Extended Sidecut, where the widest parts of the ski are located beyond the contact point, hooks up and carves with ease for speed generation into jumps and features. Minicap Sandwich construction-in the Slat, Scratch and Storm-features angled (30-degree) sidewalls for reduced weight and added durability. All models have fiberglass-reinforced wood cores. All except the Sprayer, which comes with a binding, are sold flat. Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.