Scott Punisher 95 Women's (2017)

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Rating: 1.98 / 5
Price: $550.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 95
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-95-119
Lengths: 165, 175, 185

Stability at speed: 1.88 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.23 / 5
Crud performance: 1.75 / 5
Flotation: 2.51 / 5
Forgiveness: 1.89 / 5
Overall: 1.98 / 5

The Punisher 95 W, part of Scott's Freeski series, is the widest women-specific ski in Scott's 2017 collection. It's a twin-tip built for everyday versatility in soft-snow locations-plenty wide for all but the deepest snow. Offered in female-appropriate lengths of 155, 160, and 165 cm it is otherwise identical in construction to the men's version. The Punisher 95 W is a wood-core laminate construction built for durability and high performance in soft snow, though vertical sidewalls give it a measure of hard-snow edginess as well. Fiberglass reinforcement, rather than metal, keeps it light and responsive in soft-snow conditions. Moderate rocker in both the tip and tail enhances buoyancy and shock-absorption in off-piste conditions while keeping it loose and surfy in deep snow. 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.