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Rossignol Saffron 7 (2014)

Saffron 7






Stability At Speed: 
2.93 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.64 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.23 / 5
3.37 / 5
3.14 / 5
3.50 / 5





LENGTHS162, 170, 178


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The Saffron, by far the highest scoring ski in the category, is an exciting new model from Rossignol. It employs lots of the powder-ski technologies that have made Rossi’s 7 Series skis such a success—heavy rocker and tapering in the tip and tail to make it loose, manageable and easy to pivot. But its 98 mm waist gives it all-conditions versatility that testers loved. No. 1 for Quickness, Crud Performance and Balance of Skills—it’s game for almost anything.

The Saffron, with its 98-mm waist, will be the commercial heart of the women's 7 Series, offering more all-conditions versatility than the Star (116 mm) or Savory (106). Rossi aims it at women who want new-school powder performance but can't commit to a dedicated powder-only ski. Rossignol's 7 Series of women's freeride skis are built for adventurous women who ski lots of powder and seldom stick to beaten trails. Generous waist widths range from a powder-specific 116 (on the Star 7) down to 80 mm (on the Trixie park ski). All but the Trixie feature Rossi's Powder Turn Rocker, which blends 50 percent camber underfoot with aggressive rocker tip and tail for deep-snow flotation. Moving the widest parts of the sidecut closer to the foot (on the Star, Savory and Saffron) makes the tapered tip and tail looser and more maneuverable, easier to skid and control speed as needed in deep snow. Meanwhile, deep sidecut underfoot is designed to deliver surprising edge grip and hard-snow performance for skis so wide. As in the men's 7 Series skis, the high-end models (Star, Savory and Saffron) are classic vertical-sidewall laminate constructions with wood cores, though lighter-weight paulownia wood is used in the women's models. And like the men's skis, the top women's skis (Star, Savory only) feature Rossignol's new Air Tip technology, in which honeycomb patterns of air pockets in the tip and tail lighten the skis in those zones for better swing weight and enhanced pivotability. All models are sold flat.

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