Scott continues its tradition of introducing a small quiver of wood-core skis with exclusive technology like Energy Transfer Platform (ETP), which increases torsional stiffness without affecting longitudinal flex. The P4’s graphics have been updated for ’08, but the line essentially remains the same as 2007’s offerings, with the exception of the Punisher.
Length: 171, 181, 191
Dimensions: 134-108-128 @ 181
MSRP: $675 Stoke: 8.5
With two sheets of titanal and a wood core, the P4 is definitely for aggressive skiers who ski fast. “A great all mountain ski,” commented one tester. “Just soft enough but still really solid, a true one ski quiver.” In the wrong hands, the P4 can feel “sluggish” and you “have to get the ski moving to really enjoy it.”
Length: 162, 172, 182, 191
Dimensions: 128-89-115 @ 182
MSRP: $600 Stoke: 8
The Punisher is essentially a twin-tip version of the Mission, meaning Scott intended this baby to be able to transition from all-mountain to park with the greatest of ease. In reality it didn’t quite meet the mark. That’s not to say the ski wasn’t liked — it received high marks in the all-mountain category and slayed the powder — but wasn’t a friend to the pipe skier and its heavy, unbalanced swing weight made spinning anything over a 540 a bit of a challenge. The overall consensus amongst our testers was this ski could punish the backcountry and punish you if you tried to leave it.
Length: 168, 178, 183
Dimensions: 128-89-115 @ 178
MSRP: $675 Stoke: 8
“Ugly graphics!” was one of the comments regarding the topsheet of the Mission. Regardless if you hate or love the paint job on the Mission, the ski itself “holds its own in every kind of terrain, including choppy crud.” One of our favorites for 2007, the Mission slips a bit on the stoke meter, a reflection of the fact that other companies are making skis that have caught up to Scott. Does this mean you shouldn’t consider this “amazingly versatile ski?” Not at all. It still ranks as a top one-ski option for 2008 and a great choice for aggressive skiers everywhere.
Length: 158, 168, 178, 184
Dimensions: 118-82-108 @ 178
MSRP: $475 Stoke: 7
Jumps: 8 Pipe: 7
Playfulness: 7 All-Mountain: 8
The P3 is much more at home in the park than other Scott sticks. Built with a sandwich core construction, the P3 provides pop and stability at the same time. Our bigger testers overwhelmingly found it more fun than our smaller guys due to its fairly stiff flex pattern. Those who were able to ride this ski happily found it to be poppy and were able to “cruise switch with no problem.”
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