SCOTT's New Pure Tour 90 Ski for 2024 Review
In a year, when there's not much innovation ski-wise, the ISPO award winner, SCOTT Pure Tour 90 and 100, new for next winter 2023-2024 deserve a fanfare.So do we have the Holy Grail of skis? After all the research into different materials, constructions and designs, has SCOTT come up with a one ski to do it all? Uphill climbing, downhill float in powder, hit the piste for some café skiing and not make your teeth rattle on hardpack? Let's introduce you to the SCOTT Pure Tour 90...
The Pure Tour is the latest line from SCOTT skis joining the Pure line-up that includes the Pure Mission, Pure Free and, the big brother, Pure Pow.
With a shorter radius, longer rocker and new tip shape, it's designed 'to be used every day, light enough for touring and shaped for freeride', a one ski quiver, versatile for all the conditions, and one of a new generation of skis that is constructed as sustainably as possible, using flax fibre for smooth flex, and poplar for the pop.
The Pure Tour 90 in white caters to smaller and lighter skiers including women, and comes in shorter lengths of 152,160 and 168cm. The Pure Tour 100 in black is wider under foot and comes in longer lengths of 170,178 and 186cm.
I tried the Pure Tour 90s during the SIGB Ski Test, where new skis were introduced to retailers and media in La Clusaz in January 2023. Their width underfoot is actually 93mm width for the 160cm (increasing waist in proportion with the length) so it's not too fat to fit in your mountain guide's ski tracks but wide enough to give float downhill in the pow. (NB. I would have chosen the 168cm for my height, which have 96mm waist, but they weren't on the rack).
And, boy, are they light. The 160s are a featherweight 1340g per ski, the 168s are a mere 1410g.
This will certainly take the weight off your feet going uphill. And the lightness doesn't affect piste performance. In La Clusaz, where all the off piste was shredded, I rode them on the hardpack midday piste. And they were faultless, easy to edge and turn, so I have absolutely no doubt that they'll do the rest of the job as in skiing down in powder or spring snow.
I particularly like the simple muted unsexist topsheets throughout the SCOTT Pure lines, for 2023-2024, vibbing with the natural 'pure' sustainable ski trend.
So an excellent choice for women and lightweight ski tourers who want that one quiver ski. I'd buy them in a heartbeat for the price tag of around £740.