Ski: 2018-2019 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm
Available Lengths: 182, 189 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.6 cm
Stated Weight per Ski (189 cm): 1800 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (189 cm): 1910 & 1941 grams
Stated Dimensions: 144-116-132 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 143.5-115.4-132.5
Stated Sidecut Radius: 24 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 64 mm / 42 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm
Core: Paulownia + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.1 cm from center; 82.7 cm from tail
Test Locations: Front Range backcountry & Arapahoe Basin, CO; Snowbasin & Snowbird, UT
Reviewer: 5’10”, 140 lbs
Days Skied: ~10
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Scrapper 115, which was not changed for 18/19, apart from graphics.]
Punchline: this ski looks really interesting, and a number of us here are very interested to get it on snow.
Here’s what Scott has to say about the Scrapper 115:
“With outstanding feedback and success in its first season, the award winning Scott Scrapper 115 has become the benchmark for the quiver freeski-ski. Utilizing Scott’s carbon/wood core construction the Scrapper 115 combines all the ingredients of a winner; powerful and ultra-stable everywhere, yet light and nimble when needed.”
Let’s just get right to it, and let’s focus first on that claim of “powerful and ultra-stable everywhere.”
Overall, these are stiff, and I quite like what Scott’s done here.
Hand flexing the skis, here’s how I would describe the flex pattern:
In front of Toe Piece: 10
Behind Heel piece: 10
So yes, the very tip of the ski is quite accessible, but that softer flex doesn’t last long at all, and things start to ramp up progressively and seriously.
As a point of reference, I hand flexed these against the 184 cm Volkl V-Werks Katana, and the flex pattern of the two skis is definitely in the same ballpark — the tips & shovels of the V-Werks Katana actually feel just a touch stiffer than the Scrapper 115, while the tails of the Scrapper 115 are a touch stiffer than the V-Werks Katana. Very interesting. I personally love the flex pattern of both of these skis, and will be curious to learn how the flex pattern of the Scrapper 115 works / feels on snow.
[Pure ski-nerdery conjecture: It’s possible that the slight extra give / flex of the V-Werks Katana’s tails will create a more forgiving, less jarring ride. Combine that with the fact that the Katana is actually a bit heavier, too, and I will be curious to see if the heavier + slightly softer tails translate into better suspension — in the past, we’ve criticized skis for being too stiff for how light they are. But if I had to wager $100.00, I don’t think that we’ll end up saying that the Scrapper 115 is too stiff for its weight. If anything, the question might be whether it has noticeably better, worse, or similar suspension to that of the V-Werks Katana.]
Anyway, point is, Scott’s claims of “powerful and ultra-stable” seem well-founded based on the Scrapper 115’s flex pattern — and also its shape.
Shape / Sidecut Radius
A wise man once said, “If you’re gonna make a light ski, go real easy on the tip and tail taper.” Ok, no wise person ever said that, but I did, and in the case of the Scrapper 115, Scott went real easy on the tip and tail taper. Granted, they certainly didn’t get that idea from me; the Scrapper 115 has a tip and tail shape that looks to be borrowed from the (now discontinued) Scott Punisher 110, and that ski was far from twitchy.
Furthermore, the Scrapper 115 has a respectably-large stated average sidecut radius of 24 meters — and that is a “variable” sidecut radius, so the ski is actually straighter (than 24 m) underfoot, with a tighter sidecut at the tip and tail. And before anyone gets mad that the ski doesn’t have a 30+ meter sidecut radius, given the overall stiffness of this ski, I don’t think many people are going to overpower this ski into tighter turns than they were intending to make.
Actual Weight vs. Stated Weight
To all ski industry marketing departments: with all due respect, it would probably be good to start checking in with the people who are actually pressing your skis. We continue to see not-even-close stated weights from so many ski companies, and it’s really misleading.
Of course, the good news is that such skis are going to go downhill better than they would if they actually weighed their fake-news numbers.
Anyway, at just over 1900 grams for a ski this long and wide — with this flex pattern and tip and tail shape — the Scrapper 115 seems quite ideal for touring in deeper snow … and potentially even as an inbounds pow ski. We’ll see.
We are probably going to mount this with a touring binding, but we’d be very interested to hear whether most of you would actually be more interested in putting an alpine binding on this ski and using it primarily inbounds.
That said, for those who know they wouldn’t want to tour on a 189cm-long ski, the 182 cm Scrapper could be extremely interesting (while coming in at an even lower weight).
Looks nice. The first thing we thought was that the Scrapper 115 has more tail rocker than the HEAD Kore 117, and less than the Moment Bibby Tour. Which seems like it could be quite appealing to a lot of people — not quite as loose as the Bibby Tour, less locked-in than the KORE 117.
11.1 cm behind true center is a very traditional mount point, and puts the ski in line with the HEAD Kore 117 (-11.6 cm), Volkl V-Werks Katana (-13.9 cm), and the G3 SENDr 112 (-11.3 cm).
But the sidewall of the Scrapper 115 includes marks for +1, +2, and +3, which suggests that Scott is encouraging no one to mount back of the recommended line, but considers it reasonable to go at least 1-3 cm in front of the line. By the looks of things, going +1 certainly seems very reasonable, so we’ll be sure to weigh in on mount point as we start to get time on the ski.
Some Comparisons / Food For Thought
* Head Kore 117, 189 cm
The Kore 117 is probably the closest comparison to the Scrapper 115, given the similarities in weight, stiffness, mount points, and rocker profiles. As noted, the Scrapper 115 has more tail splay and a touch less tip splay, but this is going to be an interesting comparison.
* G3 SENDr 112, 188 cm
The SENDr 112 might be the 2nd closest comparison — it’s a ski that Sam Shaheen won’t stop raving about, and he is equally excited to get on the Scrapper.
The Scrapper 115 and SENDr 112 have similar sidecuts (24 m vs. 25.8 m, respectively), and the Scrapper 115 has significantly more tail splay — the SENDr 112 has 14 mm tail splay, and a pretty shallow rocker line, probably shallower than the Kore 117. Their flex patterns seem similar, they have very similar mount points, and the Scrapper 115 comes in about ~50 g heavier than the SENDr 112.
So, the Scrapper 115 could be a more playful, looser version of the SENDr 112, though we’ll see how the difference in rocker profile, taper, and construction plays out on snow.
* Bibby Tour, 190 cm
The Bibby Tour has more tip and tail splay, and the 190 cm Bibby Tour definitely weighs more — the 184 cm Bibby Tour comes in at a weight (1903 & 1929 grams) that’s very close to the 189 cm Scapper.
* Faction Dictator 4.0, 186 cm
This is a bit of a reach since we haven’t yet seen the Dictator 4.0, but we’re super intrigued by the 4.0 / Scrapper 115 comparison. The 4.0 has a stated weight of 2100 g @180 cm, so the Scrapper 115 wins the weight battle easily. It also might mean that the 4.0 is far more capable in variable snow. We hope to find out.
Also of potential interest: Faction says that the Dictator 4.0 is even stiffer than the Dictator 3.0, and here is how we described the flex pattern of the 3.0:
Behind the Heel piece: 10-9
I.e., super similar to the Scrapper 115.
We love the 190 cm Super 7 RD. It comes in at 2126 & 2173 g per ski, so if the Scrapper 115 can punch above its weight in terms of downhill performance, could it be a more touring-friendly version of the Super 7 RD?
* Scott Punisher 110, 189 cm (discontinued)
The Punisher 110 and Scrapper 115 have similar rocker profiles, and very similar stated dimensions (Punisher 110 stated Dimensions = 144-110-132). The two skis have the same exact tip and tail, but the Punisher 110 is 6 mm narrower at the waist; so on paper, at least, the Punisher 110 has more sidecut (stated average sidecut of 18 m), but Scott’s “3D” sidecut with a straight section underfoot means that we shouldn’t place too much stock on these sidecut numbers.
The other thing is that the Punisher 110 weighs 2191 & 2204 g, or ~300 g more than Scrapper 115. So we do not expect the Scrapper 115 to have the same stability in variable conditions as the Punisher 110, but we’ll go see what degree of family resemblance the two skis have (if much of any).
Powerful and stable, light and nimble. By the looks of things, that sounds about right; the Scrapper 115 looks like a very solid design, and could seemingly have just as many people eager to throw an AT binding on it as there are folks who would love to use it as a lighter inbounds ski.
We’ll start getting it on snow as soon as the snow starts piling up in Colorado, but for now, let us know what questions you might like us to address in our full review.
Flash Review: Scott Scrapper 115
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