Scott Black Majic (2017)


Rating: 2.79 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 78
Tip/Tail/Waist: 122-78-112
Lengths: 157, 167, 177, 184

Stability at speed: 2.67 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.87 / 5
Crud performance: 1.80 / 5
Flotation: 1.66 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.36 / 5
Overall: 2.79 / 5

The narrow, carvy Black Majic, which debuted for the 2015-16 season, returns unchanged for 2017. It's the flagship model of the Scott's All Conditions collection, designed to spend the majority of its time on-piste. It's offered in four lengths, each with its own graphic, ranging from 157 cm to 184 cm, with slender, groomed-snow-appropriate waist widths ranging from 75 mm (at 157 cm) up to 80 mm (at 184). The Black Majic features Scott's distinctive Elliptic construction, with its elliptical (or humped) top sheet. The rounded profile is designed to save weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. Don't mistake it for a cap construction: Under the curved top sheet it's a true laminate construction, with a full-length wood core milled in an arch-topped shape. Metal-reinforcement (two sheets of aluminum alloy-one above and one below the core) gives it additional torsional rigidty, durability, and high-speed calm. The shortened sidewalls below the arched top give it a less aggressive edge bite than full-sidewall skis. A touch of 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 deeper 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 Scott brand was founded in 1958 when Sun Valley racer and ski-tuner Ed Scott developed the first tapered aluminum ski pole. It has grown into a multisport conglomerate (bike, wintersports, motosports, and running) based in Givisiez, Switzerland, with U.S. headquarters in Salt Lake City. It began making skis in 1998. It also makes poles, goggles, and boots. -J.C.