Scott USA Endorphin RC
Men / Women / Overall
* / ** / *1/2
Binding: Tyrolia Sympro 8 with Scott XTP 9mm Plate
Sugg. retail: $765
Best in: Long Radius, Carving, Acceleration/Carving, Acceleration, Agility
Skier weight: Heavier/ Both
Skier style: Power / Both
Conditions: Hardpack / Both
Skier ability: Extreme / Intermediate to Advanced
Sweet spot: Centred / Centred
Men's Comments: "Extremely sharp edge-power to the tip and let it rip." (Stein) "Versatile all-mountain carver." (Baycroft) "A C-shaped turner, best for open GS courses. Definitely for heavier, stronger skiers." (Weiss)
Women's Comments: "Ski was sharp, brittle and reactive-not what I want in a GS ski. Very nice for short snappy turns. Stiff but light. Hard to make bend for big arcing turns." (A. Terwiel) "Felt a bit sharp. Held nicely on short turns but could be really quick to come around halfway through-don't push it! Held well in GS turns as well." (Younker) "Initates well, holds a nice edge, but feels a little sluggish underfoot. Takes a while to accelerate once the turn is initiated. Stable skis but not sure how versatile." (Bowie)
Consensus: Several male testers pointed to a tuning problem with this ski (edges too sharp), which likely contributed to its low ratings overall. Most of the men definitely felt you had to attack it to make it work. Female testers remarked upon the tune as well, but were able to get more performance out of the ski.
Scott USA Endorphin XCS CLICK HERE TO VIEW SKI
Men / Women / Overall
Test rating: not listed
Length: 177, 170
Binding: Tyrolia Synpro 9 with Acerbis 12mm Plate
Sugg. retail: $615
Best in: Initiation, Carving, Acceleration
Skier weight: Heavier / Heavier
Skier style: Power / Power
Conditions: Hard / All
Skier ability: Advanced / Advanced
Sweet spot: Centred / Centered to Back
Men's Comments: "Agile and quick, this does the trick, but ya gotta be light to ride it." (Stein) "Carves okay, but uneven flex pattern reduces versatility and makes it tough to find the sweet spot." (G. Terwiel) "Stable at speed, easy entry without an exit." (Weiss)
Women's Comments: "Best at slow to moderate speeds in small to medium arcs; for an intermediate skier-not very trustworhthy; inconsistent flex." (Dunn) "Unless you powered this ski, it would go its own direction. Tips are catchy and I couldn't relax." (Milne) "Quick to initiate, quick to finish, but no substance in between. Couldn't maintain its arc in the fall line. Skids well. Good for an intermediate skier who skis a small hill.
Consensus: Maybe it was the flex, or the tune, or the weight of this skis, but the Scott simply did not hook up well with our testers, and had them scratching their heads about how it would perform under real race conditions. Some thought it might work for heavy testers, others suggested a light touch. Definitely they won on price point: almost $500 less than the highest-priced ski in this category.
See if you guys can read between the lines and tell me what you think.
Edit: Both these reviews were for the '02 models
[ March 03, 2003, 02:05 AM: Message edited by: artimus ]