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Now in its second year, the Scott Punisher is aimed at a recreational to advanced skier who wants to get into the powder and improve their technique - but as our test team discovered, it is happy to be pushed hard too.

Level
Advanced, Recreational
Terrain
All Mountain, Freeride
Best for
Entry-level freeride skiers looking to get into off-piste terrain
Price
£330
Season
2016/17
lengths
165,175,185
Bindings?
No
Versatility
9
Off-piste
9
Value
9
On-piste
8
Performance
9
Overall Score
9

The only things that will most likely be punished at the end of a day on these skis are your thighs as you won't be able to stop riding them.

Scott consider themselves a free ski specialist and with the Punisher, they have created an ideal entry-level freeride model that could take a recreational skier looking to get into off-piste skiing, right the way through to aspirational pro.

But they are not for everyone and the larger guys on our team struggled a little with the stability levels, possibly due to the lightweight construction and sheer liveliness of the skis.

We think they would particularly suit - and reward - light and average sized male skiers who enjoy a nippy, quick-turning and playful ski that's easy to steer in all conditions.

The fact they are 95mm under foot doesn't seem to put them off carving a groomed run, with a smooth transition from piste to powder - or indeed any other kind of condition (with the exception of ice) that you may encounter.

The wood core and twin tip rocker are fairly standard in this all-mountain freeride category and with so many good skis out there, it's tough to stick out among the rest - but not all freeride skis are this easy and forgiving, so if you fancy getting off the piste and into the powder then why not try these out and give those legs a good old punishing?