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The Slight 83 from Scott is something of an oddity at first sight, but it has performed consistently well in previous tests - this is our first review of the women's iteration.

Level
Intermediate
Flex Rating
0
Best for
Intermediate skiers progressing to advanced.
Price
£650
Season
2020/21
lengths
168, 158
Bindings?
No
Float
8
Playfulness
10
Value
9
Edge hold
10
Stability
10
Turn initiation
10
Overall Score
10
+
Fantastic ability in a range of terrain
At the pricier end of the field, but justifiably so

With a design seemingly mashed together from Scott's various other skis - the semi-translucent topsheet revealing the criss-cross construction, and the skin-clip cutouts taken from a touring ski - the Slight 83 is a strange all-mountain model at first sight. Perhaps most refreshing - in a women's model - is that they look serious, and in that sense they'll likely stand out on the rack.

They also stand out in terms of genuine all-mountain capability. The Slight 83 is so much fun in all terrain, doing everything we asked of it, from easy piste cruising to full charge mode. And all this despite being incredibly lightweight for an AM ski - so much so that you begin to wonder if the skinclip is in fact a feature worthy of real-world use. Alas we didn't get the chance to try skinning.

We were surprised by how well the Slight 83 skied in variable snow; these are stable skis in mixed terrain. Crud can upset the balance - as with any ski - but excellent responsiveness means it's easy to get out of trouble. Edge hold on piste is fantastic, holding a strong carve is effortless but there's still plenty of pop and playfulness to get airborne.

Recommended for a progressing intermediate skier, as it will help with that step up and will encourage skiing varied terrain.

 

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