|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Style||All-Mountain Frontside|
|Core Material||Wood, Titanal|
|Turning Radius||17m @ 178cm|
|On Snow Feel|
Scott Sagebrush 2016 Review by A Better Ski
The Scott Sagebrush is really an all-mountain carver. It doesn’t necessarily belong in the all-mountain frontside category, because even though it’s a fantastic carver, it’s far more versatile than most skis in this category. It shares carving DNA with its smaller siblings The Ski, and Black Majic, but has a wider 100mm base. The Sagebrush looks, feels, and skis a lot like the RMU Super CRM and was just shy of making the favorites list. Like the SCRM, the Sagebrush is for the skier that wants to carve aggressively all over the mountain.
Scott Sagebrush All-Mountain Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
On the Snow Feel: The Scott Sagebrush is a stable and smooth ski that has a lot of power and energy. It likes to be driven hard, but rewards the good skier with a fun and exciting ride. It’s relatively maneuverable given its power and weight, and even with the wider chassis I felt that it was very quick from edge to edge. This is a ski that wants to turn.
Powder: The Scott Sagebrush has a Pro-Tip Rocker 320 which is essentially Scott’s version of an all-mountain rocker. However, the rest of the ski has a traditional shape and feel. There is a significant amount of camber underfoot, a wide nose with a traditional taper, and a relatively flat and square tail. It is 100mm underfoot, but this ski isn’t necessarily meant to feel surfy or maneuverable in the deeper snow. It will have okay float, but isn’t going to fun and playful like a more soft snow oriented ski would. It’s still perfectly capable off piste, just not great as the snow starts to get deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Scott Sagebrush is built on a wider platform than Scott’s Black Majic or The Ski, but still has the same turny feel on snow. This is a ski that is built to carve, and I found it very powerful, energetic, and lively when on edge. When skied aggressively the ski was actually quite nimble and agile. I wouldn’t call it easy to maneuver at slower speeds, but the 3D sidecut does make it easier to initiate turns and change turn shape when you want to. Still, I definitely wouldn’t call the ski forgiving. As soon as you tip the ski on a higher edge it wants to turn, and you need to be on your game. It’s a ski that will reward aggressive skiers that charge hard. It has a fun 17m turn radius that snaps you from edge to edge with a lot of energy. Transitions were quick and powerful, and yet felt very smooth and predictable. It performed really well on smooth groomers, but the thing that sets this apart from the Black Majic or The Ski, is the ability to carve just as well when conditions get a little roughed up. This is an area that the Super CRM excelled, and the Sagebrush was just about as good.
Speed: The Scott Sagebrush was probably most fun making short to mid radius turns at high speed. The ski wants to turn and it felt powerful, lively, energetic, and nimble. Yet, at the same time the ski felt smooth, stable, and damp. Scott’s Pre-Track construction gives the ski a shorter effective edge on shorter radius turns, but a longer edge when opening things up and making longer radius turns. This gives more stability to the ski the faster you go. The elliptical sandwich construction also helps to add torsional rigidity giving the ski better edge hold and stability.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Carving uneven and chopped up terrain is where the Scott Sagebrush excels over the Scott Black Majic and The Ski. It has a similar feel to it as the RMU Super CRM. Both skis loved to eat up shallow chop and crud, and perform especially well when groomers have a few inches of soft chop on top. The all-terrain rocker does a good job of keeping your tips above the snow, while a large nose, and stiff flex help to smooth things out. The skis feel damp, and smooth underfoot even when hitting chop at higher speeds. As things get deep, the Sagebrush will probably feel less at home, but in shallow and soft chop, the ski just blasts right through.
Edge Hold: The Scott Sagebrush actually has pretty solid edge hold, but is more at home on softer snow than hard. I’d still not hesitate to carve long radius turns at speed on hardpack groomers, but it will probably feel much better when the snow is softer.
Bottom Line: The Scott Sagebrush is a really fun ski for those who want to carve all over the mountain. It caters to those who are going to ski aggressively, and rewards hard charging skiers with a powerful, energetic, and stable ride. It is really fun to carve short to mid radius turns at speed, even when conditions start to get a little roughed up. I found the skis to be nimble, and maneuverable, but do require a bit of work to play off piste. This is a very capable ski in the right hands, and could easily be a daily driver for east and west coasters that want to carve aggressively both on and off piste.
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