The Scott Punisher 110 is the do everything all-mountain ski, and I was really excited to try it out. However, I learned really quickly that tune can either make or break your day, and unfortunately the day I tested the Punisher was break. The ski felt heavily over tuned, and I didn’t get a real sense for the skis true personality. Despite this, I still got a taste of the Punisher and have some initial thoughts that may be useful for some.
Conditions: Thick Powder, Soft Chop, Soft Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: It’s really hard to say for sure given the tune. The day I tested the Scott Punisher 110 the ski felt very hooky, and very locked in. Given its construction I feel that the punisher would be quite stable, but not catchy like it was.
Powder: The Scott Punisher 110 has a 108mm waist (in the 183cm), with a pretty solid amount of rocker in tip and tail. It does have a moderately big shovel, and a stiff flex. I found it floated pretty well in deeper snow, but I was very disappointed in the playfulness and maneuverability. Again, this may have been partially due to the over tune, but the ski is also quite stiff. I appreciated that stiffness on the “Sierra Cement” as it kept the ski from having any tip dive. In the softer snow, I worry that it will blast through the powder and not float as well again sacrificing maneuverability. For those that like to carve and charge through the powder rather than float and surf, it seems the Scott Punisher would be a good ski.
Turn Initiation and Carving: For me turn initiation was a challenge. The ski felt stiff, slightly unresponsive, and took a lot of work to get it on edge. Again, I think a part of that was due to the over tune. There were several times when I felt caught up and really had to work to bring the ski around. With a better tune I feel the Scott Punisher 110 would still be challenging, but a lot more smooth and predictable. When it wasn’t hooking up it felt relatively quick and nimble. The ski felt locked in through the entire turn, and I felt like I could really drive the ski from the front. I feel like it’s a ski that carters to expert carvers, or those with race backgrounds. Bigger guys will love how powerful the ski feels and appreciate the effort it takes to ski. I found it to be a little exhausting at first, but with a bit of speed and effort the ski responded pretty well. I wouldn’t consider it extremely fun on smooth groomers, but I could see this being a great ski for carving variable and uneven terrain.
Speed: I was a little worried to open the ski up considering how hooky it felt that day. I can say however, that the Scott Punisher 110 feels pretty damp and stable. It’s a relatively burly ski with a moderately stiff construction. I could easily see maching down soft groomers or variable terrain. It has a medium to long turn radius and once in I feel like that’s where it wanted to stay. I could still unlock the tail and scrub speed if necessary, but it seemed to want to finish the turn.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This is an area I feel the Scott Punisher 110 would excel. It has a burly construction and stiff flex that would help to eat up terrain well. When encountering crud at the bottom of a few tree runs I felt pretty confident just letting them run. I feel like if you’re the type of skier that wants to blast through and not make a whole lot of turns you could easily do it on this ski. My biggest complaint (aside from tune) was that it was not easy to maneuver through this type of terrain, and you really had to work to get the ski to respond.
Edge Hold: The Scott Punisher 110 seemed far more locked in that I ever would have expected. I do feel the ski was far over tuned, and the edges were very sharp. This definitely helped with edge hold, and I never felt like I would lose an edge. The downside was that I never felt I could release the edges when I wanted to, and the ski was far from playful.
I was very disappointed the day I tested the Scott Punisher 110. It’s a ski that has so much potential to be an all-mountain charger. It’s great at speed, and eats up crud really well. I feel like it would be a great ski for those that like to rip off piste, but it would still give you what you need to get back to the lift. It likes to charge, and I expert skiers or those with a race background will love its power. I personally like a ski that is a bit more playful, but rippers and chargers will probably love the Scott Punisher 110.