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2011 Scott Crusair mini review

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Just been touring on these in Chamonix for the past week and thought I would put down a few quick thoughts plus my decision making to buy these skis.


About me: 36 yrs, 174cm, 70kg have been skiing on and off for a few years reaching a more or less intermediate level and still very much learning off-piste.


I had been hoping to find a one ski does all ie could rip it up for a week on the piste then do another week of backcountry touring.  Some skis i've liked have been the Dynastar Mythic 88 and Legend Pro 100 (plus my old Rossi B2's) all of which I liked on icey pistes and generally changeable conditions, really only struggling in the deep deep (more of a performance limitation on my part).  So i guess i was looking for something with the ease of handling of the Mythic with perhaps a bit more meat underfoot but without the weight of the LPR's.


I therefore tested K2 Coomback (in a 181cm!) and Dynastar Sultan 94 and K2 Backstash both in 170 something.  My main conclusion was that these new rocker type skis did pretty well in powder and I could turn much better than expected but they sucked to some extent on piste with the Coombacks being the biggest dogs in this respect.  I figure they might be a good pure powder option but in places like Chamonix you just don't get that all the time.


Also nursing and old MCL injury and getting back into skiing after a season off I was questioning the bigger is better mantra.  Just to cover off the lighter end I tested Dynastar Mythic Lights with Dynafit bindings.  These really did suck, I found them very hard to control without any bite on a hard piste at all.  


Not really finding anything that suited and having to get something quickly I tested the Scotts with the new Fritschi Pro binding. Straight away i knew i was onto something good, they just bit in and wanted to be skied fast, holding a line really well without too much rattling.  They do flap a bit at speed but it is very manageable and doesn't move you around unlike some of the other candidates.  I'm no bump skier either but I felt happy with these on and crud and chopped pow felt fine (just nothing deep this day so I took that as given).


So now off to pump some money into the local economy!


The main choice now was the binding.  I liked the new Fritschi which seemed to lack the dreaded wobble of the old model so that was a possibility.  Also having a pair of Baron's I liked the lightness of the new F12's.  I had considered Dynafits but was worried about my knee in the event of a non-release.  It came down to what I would like to do with theses skis so I let myself get talked into the lightest option, so something like the Haute Route in April might be an option if all goes well.



Scott Crusair 176cm with Dynafit TLT ST binding


I can't find the weight on the Scott website but I imagine the total package is 3-4kg (can anyone enlighten?) in any case I would feel happy skinning in it for several hours (and have) which I probably wouldn't with heavier bindings or skis.  No surprises there but being told "you can put any binding on anything" and "100mm isn't that fat these days" can prejudice a punter like myself against a traditional mid-fat ski.  I'll leave it to others to get into discussions about rocker etc but for versatility a traditional camber ski with reasonable stiffness has a lot going for it.  I've probably skied about 10 different types of snow here in the last few days (Aiguille Rouges, Le Tour, Val Feret, Grand Montets) and they've handled everything as well as I could have hoped.  Although I still fall over a lot in the deep the tips stay up well, i can initiate turns fairly well and as above the main limitation is my technique.


Durability seems good so far with just a few tiny slivers of plastic coming of the top sheet and no major dings underneath despite at least one real rock day.


I am also very impressed with the bindings, they haven't released once off-piste despite lots of James Bond type runs with some real tight and bendy up and downers.  The only time they have released was on a run where i think they may have had a bit too much snow in them before i put them on .


Also quite pleased that I managed to get my old BD Mantra skins cut down to size which has saved some dosh and still work well every time.

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Hi - Nice to get a review on something unusual. Scott seems to believe their ski's specs are a state secret. Could you list the measurements, radius, and curious whether you consider them damp, lively, smooth, y'know, the usual "feel" adjectives, since the K2's you listeded are usually consider fairly versatile and steady but you seem to have found them wanting on piste. 

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Don't have all the measurements to hand but I'm pretty sure they are 90mm underfoot with a turn radius of 17ish metres.  Have had a further week on them now, again in all sorts of snow and can't really fault them.  I guess i would say they are slightly damp on the hard stuff when charging in that the ski soaks up a fair bit of vibration.  There is a tiny bit of sideways skittishness on piste but it's easily controlled.  I am finding that the main limit is my touring boots (Garmont Radiums) which don't have the fit and support i need for making good linked turns, so i can't really comment too much more on the ski.

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Worth pointing out quickly that I have since done the Haute Route this year (in March) on this set up and it rocked.  Again not a single pre-release in 5 days of hard touring which is something those with Fritschi's struggled with (some of that was just down to wrong DIN settings).

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