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Scott – Sage
Startlingly light-feeling and playful, yet with grip you simply wouldn’t believe for this shape of ski. The Sage is the top model in the Scott’s Sun Valley range, but it doesn’t feel overly powerful or intimidating. It skis so differently to the other favourite 100mm rides that it’s hard to categorise, apart from saying that we can’t find anywhere it doesn’t work. With an unusual elliptical topsheet which certainly has an effect on torsional stiffness, plus a strong laminate layup with effective but not overwhelming flex, it’s a ski that we’re finding a tad hard to categorise. For a start, it’s not that light yet the Sage skis with a real immediacy which beefy skis rarely manage. The grip has already been mentioned – it’s frankly uncanny how hard these stick and how that still works without really powering the ski into the ice. Edge to edge isn’t super fast, but it’s effortless and accurate. Once the snow softens they simply pop to the top thanks to Scott’s signature long nose and then it’s time to surf.