Rossignol Smash 7 (2014)
Less powder-oriented and more traditionally shaped, the Smash 7 is the adult value model for Rossi-loving freeriders. Its 92-mm waist will suit hardpack skiers well, and its cap construction makes it easygoing and forgiving at slower speeds - a good choice for intermediates. It's part of the highly successful 7 series, which has been drastically revamped with new technologies for 2013-14. Chief among those technologies - and by far most visible - is Air Tip, which is employed in the top three models of the series, all of which are new. The tip and tail are honeycombed with air pockets that reduce swing weight by concentrating the mass of the ski underfoot. Because the tip is lighter, tip flap is also noticeably reduced. All models feature stiffer tails than previous 7 series models, for stronger turn finishes, and Powder Turn Rocker, which combines early-rise tip and tail with camber underfoot for flotation in powder and carvability on hardpack. More importantly, most models (Smash 7 excepted) feature tapered tip and tail shapes that keep them loose and smeary in deep snow and allow for quick speed checks and direction changes. New Light Core construction uses paulownia wood to reduce weight by about 20 percent compared to previous 7 series models. All are straight-ahead wood-core laminate constructions (except the Smash, which is a softer cap construction). All are sold flat (no binding).
|Level||Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced|
|Lengths||160, 170, 180|