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Icelantic Scout

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Wow this is a weird ski. I was just looking around on the Icelantic website and saw their Scout. I've never seen something like that before. They only make it in a 142cm and its not a junior ski! It sounds like it could be good. Anyone demo it? Like it? Negative vs Positive.
post #2 of 13
the scout was the first ski that Icelantic produced. Ben Anderson (the pres) designed the skis to be skied short  but have a larde footprint, meaing the surface area. The scout has the same dims (I believe) as the Nomad but is shorter. The actaul dims on the Nomad are 6mm larger on each dim. I am not sure of the Scout. It would be a blast to ski around in tight areas and such. I have not skied the scout do I can't comment 1st hand but I love the Nomad and the New Nomad SFT, which is also available on the Scout is just awesome.  The SFT is designed to be 30% softer than the standard versions. I have the 168 and now thr 181 Nomad SFT's.  The 168's are a lotof fun and do ski longer than they seem. If you watch the website, they will be posting the new models as well as the demo schedule for this season. I don't know where you are but if you are in the front range area, getting demos is easy. Loveland supports them and you can stop by the HQ in Denver and grab a pair for demo. Jackson Hole Teton Village Sports carries them as well as others.  Hopes this helps.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ya that helps a lot. It sounds like its just a small Nomad? So why not just ski the Nomad at a 142? Or is it a different stiffness, flex point, durability, etc.
Edited by Downhillin99 - 9/14/09 at 4:36pm
post #4 of 13
Hi!  Nice work on delivering the correct information, Finndog!  To answer your question, Downhillin99 - the Nomad does not come in a 142 - only the Scout does (it's actually 143cm - FYI).
Both the Nomad and the Nomad SFT come in a 156, 168 and 181cm.

The Scout comes in a 143cm regular - which is a burly flex for its size - evenly distributed; and a Scout SFT (soft) 143cm - which is about 30% softer than the regular Scout - better for lighter people (120lbs and under). 
The Scout does rip despite it's size.  It was our conception ski and we have not taken it off the market yet because there is such a core demand for it!

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Thanks -
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Some more questions to bug you guys...
Does it ski like a normal ski? Is it specifically backcountry? Is it a all mountain ski or a quiver ski?

thanks in advance
post #6 of 13
I have a pair of these that I used for 5 soft snow days. They are a truly fun and unique ski. The float better than I expected as long as I get a more neutral stance (not surprising), are really easy in the trees, and do okay on harder snow. I definitely consider them more of a quiver ski. You can make them work on harder snow and crud but they take a fair bit of work and attention to detail.

I am probably going to sell my pair if anyone is interested just because I want to get a new touring setup. They are mounted with Marker Griffons and both the skis and bindings are in fantastic shape.
post #7 of 13
amloevlie,

Are there any plans for a Northeast Icelantic demo day this season?  I notice nothing listed on the website yet.  I demoed the Shamans last year at Kirkwood and am sold on it for my East coast tree and powder ski, but would like to compare it to the Nomad and the Nomad SFT.  My wife is also interested in an Icelantic and wants to try the Scout, Pilgrim and Nomad SFT.

If anyone is interested, what I found most intriguing about the Shaman was that, being no powder expert, I could ski four foot fresh with pretty much no change in my very forward ice-coast ingrained style effortlessly.  If that makes ant sense to anyone at all.

Thanks,
Joseph
post #8 of 13
Joseph,

The Icelantic reps can probably give you a better answer here, but you should know that the Scout is a very stiff ski. I actually think that it would be a difficult ride for a lighter and/or less aggressive skier. The might suit your wife perfectly (she probably rips down the mountain much better than I) but it is worth trying them out first for sure. They now have a Scout SFT as well which they recommend for people under 120lbs.

You would be welcome to take mine out if you wind up back in Tahoe area. I just listed them on Craigslist, but who knows if any reasonable offers will come in.

-K
post #9 of 13
Hi JTripodi,

Icelantic will be in Sugarbush tomorrow (12/21/09)!  Then at Stowe on 12/22 and 12/23 (Tuesday/Wednesday)!   I am sorry for this short notice - I hope you can make it!

For future demos, check out our demo section on the website:  http://www.icelanticboards.com/#/demos.  We are constantly updating this page to reflect our next demo.

If you can not make the next three days, send me a PM and I will arrange for something!

Hope you had a great weekend.  The demo tour is in full swing!!

-AML
post #10 of 13
amloevlie,

Wow,

Incredible,

We are just packing to leave for Burlington tomorrow, and we should be able to get to Stowe on the 23rd!

If all goes well we'll report back here with some reviews when we get back.

Thanks,
Joseph
post #11 of 13
make sure you get on a pair of Pilgrims as well.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by amloevlie View Post

Hi JTripodi,

Icelantic will be in Sugarbush tomorrow (12/21/09)!  Then at Stowe on 12/22 and 12/23 (Tuesday/Wednesday)!   I am sorry for this short notice - I hope you can make it!

For future demos, check out our demo section on the website:  http://www.icelanticboards.com/#/demos.  We are constantly updating this page to reflect our next demo.

If you can not make the next three days, send me a PM and I will arrange for something!

Hope you had a great weekend.  The demo tour is in full swing!!

-AML

I sincerely wish that I'd had the opportunity to demo the Pilgrims when I was at Stowe last week.  
post #13 of 13
Update-  Icelantic Demo Day Dec. 23, 2009

Well we managed to make it!  A very cold and windy day with hard snow with some wind blown and crud.  Not the best day, for sure, to compare the float of the Nomads with the Shaman; which was what I was most interested in. Unfortunately there were no Scouts to demo, and my wife never did get to try out the Pilgrims because a kid took them for the whole time we were there.  We spied him and his family having lunch while the skis were in a rack outside for over an hour and a half.  Finally we talked to them and they said they were going to return them, but as we waited at the demo tent they skied past us and on to the gondola.  We didn't see the skis for the rest of the day.  Pretty annoying to say the least.

Never-the-less, here are my impressions of the skis we did demo.  My wife, who is not very comfortable on ungroomed trails or in moguls, has been skiing on 163 Atomic Sweet Daddys for several seasons.  She is 5' 2" and 170 lbs.  She chose to demo the 156 Nomad SFT.    We skied Upper Perry Merrill to the Cliff Trail which was was ungroomed with variable conditions-  wind blown, hard scraped up snow and chopped up bumps and crud.  Just what my wife hates.  I can report, however, she looked much better on the Nomads than I had ever seen her ski before.  She absolutely loved them and is planning to try Pilgrims and Scouts.

Now for me.  I am 5' 3" and 135 lbs. and my weapon of choice has been a 164 Stockli Stormrider.  I was interested in comparing the 156 Nomad and Nomad SFT with the Shaman.  As I mentioned above, not the appropriate conditions, but I must say I was very impressed with the edge hold and crud busting ability of the regular Nomad which I felt was a lot better than the Nomad SFT.  The Nomad SFT, however, was much better in the bumps.  Both skis felt a little too short, something I didn't feel about the 161Shamans.  Unfortunately time ran out before I got to try the skis in the 168 length.

Remarkably we shared an enjoyable gondola ride with the bushwacker, whom my wife recognized, having had taken a lesson with him at Snowbird.  He offered to take me into the woods so I could try the skis in soft snow, but as I wanted to see how my wife fared, and it was my first time on skis this year, I was reluctant to take him up on the generous offer.  (I'll admit it- I was more than a little intimidated at the thought of sking with the bushwacker and didn't want embarrass myself and spoil his run!)

I must not forget to add that the Icelantic crew were great people!

Update:  I now have eight days under my belt, and my wife and I are headed for Breckenridge  next week.  I hope we find a way to continue demoing Icelantic skis out there.  Hopefully in perfect conditions!

Joseph
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