SCOTT Cosmos II AT Boot Review

By Phul Lindeman from Summitdaily.com

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Scott Cosmos II

MSRP: $749.99

Sizes: Men’s U.S. 4-14

Weight: 3.15 pounds in size 8.5

Shell material: Powerlite shell made with Grilamid thermoplastic outer and four aluminum buckles

Liner material: Italian-made Powerlite ski mountaineering liner, with ventilated mesh through the ankle and memory foam padding on the footbed

Other features: Vibrman high-density rubber outsole for grip when hiking; shock-dampening footbed inserts; adjustable spoiler for forward lean; lock catches on buckles for touring mode.

 

 

 

 

 

High Gear: Scott Cosmos II men’s AT boot (review)

Now I know how ski patrollers can spend 10-plus hours in ski boots and still love what they do, season after season after season.

For years and years — since the first time I went skiing at 4 or 5 years old — I’ve only set foot to snow in a pair of alpine ski boots. Come to think of it, those dastardly death traps are one of the major reasons I switched over to snowboarding as a teenager. I figured: Why deal with buckle-up Plastic Maidens when the other, cooler sport comes with boots as comfortable as skate shoes?

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Then I met the Scott Cosmos II ($599). It was love at first fit — that’s saying a lot for a snowboarder — and I suddenly understood why the majority of patrollers wear AT boots instead of alpine models. The updated Cosmos is a men’s AT boot made for the everyman of the mountains: the sort of guy who goes for a lunchtime skin one day, an eight-hour trek the next and then spends the next four days working in the snow. It was my introduction to the wonderful world of ski boots made for, well, human feet, not nerveless masses of bruised meat. (So I’m late to the party, whatever.)

This combination of comfort, style and affordability is no mistake. The Cosmos II is basically a new-and-improved version of the men’s AT boot from Garmont, a boutique footwear manufacturer based in Italy. Scott bought the company’s ski division about four or five years ago, right when the AT scene started to explode and has been making small improvements on the sleek and sexy design ever since. I never wore the original model, but, from what I’ve heard, the merger was for the best: Garmont brought the know-how and Scott brought the price point.

“This really upped Scott’s game in the backcountry,” said Clay Schwarck, buyer and manager at Wilderness Sports in Dillon. “Now they’re making skis, backpacks, all the gear you need, and they made the move at the right time when AT was exploding. I think they’ve done it right.”

But, like any tale of love at first sight, I had to spend at least a week or two with the boots before I knew if it was true love or just lust. The boots are comfortable out of the box, but are they still comfortable after a full day of skinning? Even my Thirty-Two JP Walker’s have nasty hot spots after long enough. And, when it’s time to rip powder on the descent, is the Cosmos II powerful and responsive or cheap and floppy?

First date: a day on Mount Baldy.

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SCOTT- ALL IN: Parts 1 and 2

Each new season brings opportunity for success as well as failure. The path is uncertain, and the destination is unknown, but the goal is always constant: to search and discover the right place at the right time. Some may call it luck while others recognize that fortunes are nurtured by preparation and perseverance. The willingness to drop everything on a moment’s notice and travel great distances without hesitation only strengthens the conviction, the mission, and the person. At times there may be hardship and injury to overcome. However patience is the foundation of clarity when all variables align and, for a precious few moments in time, you are allowed to follow your instinct and commit.

Suddenly, there is no turning back and the decision has been make to go ALL-IN.

ALL IN Part One :
Focuses on athletes, Sam Cohen and Corey Felton, as they discover that the best plans are never actually planned. Warmer than normal temperatures during the 2014-15 season forced the crew to abandon the Powder Highway and search for higher elevation in a remote corner of the Idaho backcountry. Blessed with stable conditions in an otherwise notoriously volatile snowpack, the crew methodically warms-up before tackling a number of legitimate big mountain descents. ”This is all part of the process,” admits Sam Cohen, “…you got to work your way up the ladder, cause every turn is training for Alaska.”

 

ALL IN Part Two : Enter the Chilkat Range (AK)
Part 2 showcases standout performances by Dane Tudor and Sam Cohen as they inspire each other to challenge themselves in the ultimate proving grounds, Alaska. Jagged, snow covered peaks collide with the deep blue ocean as these comrades work together creating a common bond in a land of sheer beauty and terror. Maintaining confidence while standing alone on top of a massive peak in a remote location requires a high level of self-confidence, and a special mentality earned through dedication and commitment. ”There comes a point when nothing else matters but what you truly believe in” according to Tudor, ”and for me that time is now.

Best All Mountain Skis (<100 Underfoot)

From Powder Magazine

How many days a year do you actually need to be on a ski fatter than 100 millimeters underfoot? Five? These so-called skinny skis were perfectly wide for skiing powder 10 years ago. Do you really want to clomp around on those clankers when it’s dust on crust and we’re skiing a hot zipper lap? The best part about these skis is that most of them come with metal—you won’t find floppy Donkey Ball Rocker here—which means they’re going to make some actual turns, and make them fast. And fast is fun. These sticks are going to get you into trouble. And getting into trouble? Also fun.

—John Clary Davies
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Skier’s Choice Description

With the new Sagebrush as your transport of choice, get ready to shred like the ski’s inspiration—hot-dogger Bobbie Burns, who used pieces of sagebrush, believing the bush was indestructible, as part of his original The Ski. No scratchy plants in this Sagebrush, however, but it does feature an elliptical-shaped, sandwich-laminate wood construction that runs the length of the ski. This lightens the load while maintaining torsional stiffness. With 320 millimeters of tip rocker and 1940 grams of weight per ski (in the 178), this snappy shredstick made my top five skis of Powder Week. It rails on piste, skis proficiently in bumps and packed powder, and is meant for the groomers of your dreams, aka Sun Valley’s Upper College to Warm Springs.

—JOHN STIFTER

Features

Pro-Tip Rocker, 3Dimension Sidecut, Full Ski-Length Wood Core, Elliptic Core

Manufacturer’s Description

New For 2015-16, Scott proudly introduces the Sagebrush. Inspired by its siblings in the Sun Valley collection, The Ski and Black Majic, Sagebrush offers the same innovative technology, but on a wider platform. At 100-millimeters underfoot, the Sagebrush can handle any condition any day of the week.

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Skier’s Choice Description

The Punisher 95 is incredibly quick edge to edge. With a 3D sidecut and 12-meter radius, these bad boys slashed everything with ease. Not only did it make those quick corners, it was very playful. I found myself loading the tails and popping off anything I could find. With a full wood core and sandwich sidewall construction, the Punisher is a bomber ski for those looking for a solid ride in variable to hardpack conditions, with plenty of park laps to boot. They were proven worthy in the steep tree stashes, which got ripped up during Powder Week.

—JED DONNELLY

Features

Twin-Tip Rocker, 3Dimension Sidecut, Full Ski-Length Wood Core

Manufacturer’s Description

New for 2015-16, the Scott Punisher 95 delivers the proven performance of the Punisher 110 on a narrower platform. A progressive, all-mountain ski, the Punisher 95 features twin-tip rocker technology that brings the award-winning punisher series to the front-side setting.

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GoPro Video of the Day

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