Scott Black Majic (2016)

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2016 Scott Black Majic

Rating: 2.88 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2016
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 78
Tip/Tail/Waist: 122-78-112
Lengths: 157,167,177,184

Stability at speed: 3.37 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.21 / 5
Crud performance: 2.40 / 5
Flotation: 1.71 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.07 / 5
Overall: 2.88 / 5

A ski conceived in Sun Valley ought to excel in long fast arcs on steep, perfectly groomed terrain. The Black Majic has the kind of supple dampness that's perfect for the morning light on Warm Springs. But its solidity never feels unmanageable, and it never trenches too deeply on soft corduroy, the way others in the category might. The Black Majic took testers by pleasant surprise: their favorite Scott ever. Elling: "Not race-ski strong on the hardest of the hard, but close. And way more fun."

NOTES: The Black Majic is the skinniest ski in Sun Valley Collection, with waists ranging from 75 - 80 mm depending on ski length. It's mainly focused towards groomers and other hardpack conditions (Scott says it's 80% on-piste and 20% off-piste), much thanks to its construction. It's made up of beech, poplar, and paulownia, and stiffened by top and bottom layers of titanal that are intended to make the ski have better edge control. For something similar but wider, check out Scott's The Ski and Sagebrush.

The Sun Valley Collection features all mountain-focused skis designed to take on a variety of terrain. Full Ski Length Wood Core is intended to give the ski a smooth and evenly distributed flex pattern. Pro-Tip Rocker raises the tip up and off the ground, meant to make turn initiation and execution easier, especially in powder. With the tip lifted off the ground, less edge makes contact with the snow, which Scott calls Pre-Track Technology. The brand says this allows for both smooth short and long turns no matter what terrain you're on. 3Dimension Sidecut technology gives the tip and tail their own radii, designed for precise edge control.

Scott, based in Givisiez, Switzerland, was founded in 1958. Its U.S. headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah.