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Scott Sage (2017)

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Scott Sage GF

Rating: 3.34 / 5
Price: $650.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 100
Tip/Tail/Waist: 139-100-129
Lengths: 168, 178, 188

Stability at speed: 3.43 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.29 / 5
Crud performance: 3.30 / 5
Flotation: 3.30 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.63 / 5
Overall: 3.34 / 5

The Sage (formerly Sagebrush) returns as the widest ski in Scott's All Conditions collection, offered in three lengths with waist widths ranging from 98 to 102 mm. It's designed to spend most of its time off-piste in soft-snow conditions. 

The Sage features Scott's distinctive Elliptic construction, with its arched (elliptical) top sheet. The rounded profile is designed to save weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. It's a metal-free construction, which keeps it light, lively and economical. But 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. 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.

The Sage pleased testers with its combination of reliable hard-snow game and overall ease of use, two qualities that are usually opposing. Its arched topsheet gives it a slimmer. lighter profile. Testers also noticed how its lower sidewalls kept it from feeling overly edgy in soft snow. It hooks up and rails when you want it to but never feels difficult. Larsen: “Fun, snappy, and quick, with great on-trail skills and a very wide abil- ity range.”

Notes: The Sage (formerly Sagebrush) returns as the widest ski in Scott's All Conditions collection, offered in three lengths with waist widths ranging from 98 to 102 mm. It's designed to spend most of its time off-piste in soft-snow conditions. 

The Sage features Scott's distinctive Elliptic construction, with its arched (elliptical) top sheet. The rounded profile is designed to save weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. It's a metal-free construction, which keeps it light, lively and economical. But 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. 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.

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