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The Sagebrush is a brand new ski from Scott Sports for winter 2015-16 aimed at advanced to expert skiers looking for adventure - we review them here following our on snow test in Austria.

Level
Expert
Best for
All mountain freeride for experts and aspiring off-piste skiers
Price
£500
lengths
168, 178, 188
Bindings?
No
Versatility
9
Off-piste
9
Value
9
On-piste
9
Performance
10
Overall Score
9

What's in a name? We're not saying that Sagebrush is a bad name, but somehow it doesn't conjure up images of backcountry adventures, powder snow and epic descents that freeride skiers dream about - which is what this ski is designed for.

But if the images associated with the name of a herbaceous plant in anyway influence your view of this ski in a negative way, then we'd suggest you try it out for yourself.

It's in some ways a beefed up version of Scott Sport's The Ski - Snow Magazine's ski of the year two seasons back when it was launched. But it's also much more than that.

The first thing you don't expect is the performance on groomed runs. There's plenty of freeride skis out there that perform well on piste, but the Sagebrush seems to take things to a new level. They truly feel like an on-piste carving machine, powerful and responsive in all kinds of turn radius.

You can't imagine a ski this smooth on groomed slopes would be the kind of off-piste tool a freeride skier is looking for. Surely this is just a toy ski?

But it isn't. Sure, it's no big mountain monster, but it's not trying to be - it is a very good freeride ski that handles all snow conditions off-piste and happens to be a lot of fun to ride too.

We think it takes a good, strong skier to get the most out of them - but someone who is comfortable on black runs and wants to start pushing the boundaries could really get a lot from the Sagebrush as they are easy to turn on-piste.

Very impressed.