Scott The Ski (2017)

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Scott The Ski

Rating: 3.17 / 5
Price: $650.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 92
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-92-121
Lengths: 175, 180, 185

Stability at speed: 3.60 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.05 / 5
Crud performance: 3.08 / 5
Flotation: 2.86 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.00 / 5
Overall: 3.17 / 5

The No. 6 result for The Ski is the highest testers can remember. And look at its No. 5 for Overall Im- pression: That beats a lot of big-name brands. Tes- ters still aren’t wild about the name but like the way The Ski skis: supple and terrain-huggingly damp; soft longitudinally but stiff torsionally and laterally, for reassuring edginess. It hooks up readily, loves to carve. Elling: “OK, I’m a believer. Scott’s in the game now. Such an able ripper. Round and juicy.”

The Ski is perhaps the signature model in the Scott collection, returning unchanged for 2017. It's designed for all-conditions versatility and a 50/50 mix of on- and off-trail performance. It's offered in three lengths, with different graphics for each length and waist widths ranging from 91 to 93 mm. 

Like piste-oriented Black Majic, it features Scott's distinctive Elliptic construction, with its arched (elliptical) top sheet, though The Ski lacks the metal reinforcement of the Black Majic and thus is lighter, livelier and less expensive. The rounded profile is designed to save weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. 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. Metal-reinforcement 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.

Notes: The Ski is perhaps the signature model in the Scott collection, returning unchanged for 2017. It's designed for all-conditions versatility and a 50/50 mix of on- and off-trail performance. It's offered in three lengths, with different graphics for each length and waist widths ranging from 91 to 93 mm. 

Like piste-oriented Black Majic, it features Scott's distinctive Elliptic construction, with its arched (elliptical) top sheet, though The Ski lacks the metal reinforcement of the Black Majic and thus is lighter, livelier and less expensive. The rounded profile is designed to save weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. 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. Metal-reinforcement 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.

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