Scott The Ski Women's (2017)
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Rating: 2.70 / 5
Waist Width: 88
Lengths: 155, 160, 165
Stability at speed: 3.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.73 / 5
Crud performance: 2.34 / 5
Flotation: 2.14 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.74 / 5
Overall: 2.70 / 5
The Ski W is Scott’s women’s version of its signature model. It’s identical in construction to the men’s version, but offered in three shorter (and thus lighter) female-appropriate lengths, each with its own graphic. Scott builds it with all-mountain versatility in mind. With a mid-fat waist width of 88 mm (89 in the longest length), it’s intended for equal duty on and off piste in predominantly soft-snow locales.
The Ski W features Scott’s distinctive Elliptic construction, with its arched (elliptical) top sheet. It’s a metal-free construction, which keeps it light, lively and economical. 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. 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.