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Scott P4 Alpine Ski Reviews

drbumps

Scott P4, 108 underfoot, All Mountain

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Pros: Stable, Floaty, Turnable, Crud Buster, Forgiving Absorption

Cons: Flutter at HIGH high Speeds, not a Bump Ski , not for ice carving

The Scott P4 is a High performing all mountain ski that forgives variable terrain and skier errors.  Hitting a wide open groomer on a bluebird day at high speeds effortlessly smiling into every simply executed turn. The soft tip and slightly early rise sucks in the terrain and sends it right to that titanium underfoot, initiating a securely executed foot placement and transition into the next turn. That same tip to foot transition cushions and secures crud plowing and powder pillow landings. It's a gas being able to fly down spring condition trails floating the water slush and leaving a 12 foot rooster tail behind with everyone else on the slopes.  I have to say the SCOTT P4...
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powderturns

no rocker, no "early rise"

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Pros: stiff, eats crud and cut pow for b fast

Cons: heavy, too stiff?

i picked these up for a song this year.  although a nice ski, they are traditional in nature, and quite stiff.  if you've gotten used to playful soft skis and like them, these aren't the skis for you. my biggest complaint is that Scott bills this ski as having an early rise tip and tail.  this is simply not true.  there is no rocker or early rise in either the tip or tail.  buy them if you want a traditional twinned ski.
powpowpowpow

good stiff traditional ski

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Pros: stiff, kills crud, shreds pow

Cons: too stiff for some?

I picked these up for a stupidly cheap price, and I've been happy with them, but not blown away.  They are very stiff, hold an edge well on hardpack, destroy crud and surf pow.  That said, I thought I was getting a ski with some early rise, and other "new school" charateristics.  These traits are not there, as this ski remains a traditional old school ripper (though it is twinned).  The sheets of titanal make the ski perform well, but the weight adds up, in case you're thinking of using them for a lot of touring.  Good ski overall, and there are some out there on sale cheap!
sea2sky

Love it.

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Pros: Versitile & forgiving.

Bought the 191's as a slack country ski and mounted with with Marker Baron's for the odd day of touring. I'm 6'3" and 225 and took them up for a maiden voyage in about 4" of SW BC fresh and giggled the whole time as they soaked up all the hard stuff below and were manouverable enough to quickly adjust turns to find the right line or hit. I have yet to go back to my "go-to" skis.   I've been skiing it in everything but deep fresh snow as my timing just hasn't been able to line up with a good day yet. I have the bindings mounted dead center and when I found the right stance over the skis, they railed on firm snow. The soak up moderate bumps with ease and have saved my lazy butt...
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wilbur

Love the P4

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Pros: Stable, fast, good edge control, durable, powder hounds

Cons: Not the best on hard piste but who cares!

I have the 2007 model and love them.  Odd thing is that two years ago I picked up a pair of Coomba's w/Griffons thinking I would like them better than the P4.  Last year I was going to sell the P4s and use Coombas on powder and my Atomic Metron B5s on groomer/hardpack days.  But this year I started out on the Coomba's and something wasn't quite right and went back to the P4s and am very, very glad I kept them.  This year I've been in deep powder several times; in the trees whenever I can and even on groomers covered by 2-3" of fresh powder and the P4 is the best ski of all.  The edge is there.  Super quick turns on steeps.  Last weekend on a light...
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alpinedad

Great Sierra One-Ski Quiver

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Pros: Edge hold, quality build, powder, crud, stability, competent and versatile

Cons: 23m turn radius is short for my (unusual) tastes

Edge hold is fantastic for such a wide ski -- lay them on edge and let them go. Very nice in pow, good in cut-up crud as well. I'd say that, with the large twin, the 191s ski shorter than, say, my 186 Big Stix 84s. And the bases really are as bulletproof as the rep suggests. Comparing them to, say, the Moment Comi, I liked the P4s better ski in basically every way -- almost as much float (despite being an inch narrower), and much more stable in crud (perhaps due to the length). And the P4s kick the crap out of the Icelantic Shaman -- the Shamans are turny and get kicked around, while the P4s are grippy and stable. They really are incredibly competent, versatile, and easy to ski -- not a...
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bldrskiguy

Killer Pow/Crud Ski

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Pros: float is terrific, stable at high speeds, stomps landings, rips a soft groomer

Cons: prone to shorter-radius turns, fairly heavy ski

Bought these after a demo day, evidently an older gentleman had skied them once (181) and returned them, too much ski for him (this is the standard fat ski "high end" demo ski at Sun Valley, ID). Got them mounted for $500, basically brand new. I was sold after skiing one day of these with 9 inches of new snow. Fortunately I bought them and it snowed another 8 inches that night so I was able to ski them all week. My other fat ski is a Volkl Gotama and while I love both of them I honestly might pick this one over the Goat. Why? It's a bit wider underfoot and is a bit more stable in the crud once the pow is gone. It's not as light as the Goat (a bit less nimble) but just hammers crud and new...
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Pwdrhnd

Great soft snow ski

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Pros: Excellent performance in the powder and on soft snow

Cons: Do not do well if you get in the backseat. The trucker mudflap girl graphics on tails and bases.

I have a new pair of Scott P4s in 181, mounted with Jesters.  I just finished a week of skiing them in Utah at Powder Mountain and Snowbasin.  Powder all week.  They were fantastic in the soft snow and amazingly good edge hold on the packed snow.  You need to stay on top of them, especially on the groomed, as they do not like you to be in the back seat.  This is the first time I have been on a ski this wide and it took a few runs to get the feel of them.  However, they performed great in the deep snow that we had all week.  I let my brother use them for a few runs and almost had to fight him to get them back.  His comment was "that's cheating".  I am 6', 185lbs, level 7/8, 49 years old.
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ct55

Nice fatty

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Pros: Great snow performance

Cons: Not a good carver at speed on hard pack

It's a medium soft fat ski that does great in snow, is fairly maneuverable and twin tip.  Not a great hard pack carver but that's not what it's for.  Bases held up well including a lot of tree skiing recently
tromano

Scott P4 191 (06.07)

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Pros: Really easy to use, great all arround ski for soft snow, super durable

Cons: Not good on real hard pack.

This is one of the best every day use skis for soft snow. I have used it as my daily driver the last 2 years and love the ski.  It has a really versatile and surprisingly good in a variety of terrain. A really fun ski and so easy to ski that is sneaks up on you with the performance.   The ski has metal laminate constuction with a medium / stiff forebody and a soft tail. This gives it some muscle if you stand on it, but its forgiving if you get in the back seat. Very good crud ski , great in soft snow, good float in pow. Its soft enough to make a variety of turn shapes and the soft tails even allow some slarving. 21 m radius is good for carving on groomers and edge grip is...
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