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Scott – Superguide 95
Last year’s ‘Backcountry Ski of the Year,’ and still a go-to choice. A ski this light should not be this much fun, but somehow Scott have whittled down the weight without compromising on performance. This is as close to the single quiver ski for ski mountaineering as we have seen to date, and the 95 is the perfectly proportioned pick of the pack. A wood and composite mix gives unholy life to such a light ski, making the uphill almost buoyant. This then comes back to surprise and delight on the way down, popping turns, gripping as required and turning even the crappiest surface into a playground. We weren’t saying that about touring skis even a handful of years ago, and it’s only in this last couple of seasons that we’re getting really enjoyable tourers. With the SuperGuides, they’re that good you could feasibly buy them for all your skiing, and at the price they’re a blooming marvel.