Scott Speedguide (2017)

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Price: $700.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 80
Tip/Tail/Waist: 120-80-106
Lengths: 160, 170

The new 80-mm-waisted SpeedGuide is the lightest ski Scott makes, a midfat backcountry touring ski designed lightweight performance on the ascent blended with carbon-reinforced strength and narrow-waisted quickness and edge power on the descent. It's available in two lengths, weighing 1,150 grams in the 170-cm length and just 1,050 grams in the 160-cm length. For 2017, Scott's Mountain series now comprises four models of backcountry adventure skis ranging in width from 88 to 105 mm. (The 88-waisted SpeedGuide and the Superguide 105 are new to the collection.) They're built for lightweight touring performance, but with plenty of freeriding power for the descent. All are paulownia (airy and light) wood-core constructions, for durability and responsiveness. All feature Scott's distinctive Elliptic profile, with its arched (elliptical) top sheet. All have sturdy, near-vertical sidewalls for maximum edging strength. Tip rocker gives them buoyancy in soft snow and shock-absorption in rough terrain. 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. All are carbon-reinforced for lightweight strength and responsiveness. The new ultralight SpeedGuide gets extra carbon plus a layer of cork atop the midsection for high-speed vibration dampening without excessive added weight. All have flat tails for maximum turn-finishing power and rearward stability; the square shape of the SpeedGuide's tail makes it more powerful still. The 105, 95, and 88 have additional Kevlar or Aramid reinforcement (damper, though not as light and twitchy as the carbon in the SpeedGuide). All are reinforced with metal in the binding area, for secure binding retention. 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.