Rossignol Super 7 (2014)
It's rare that the No. 1 ski for Forgiveness wins the category, but that's the beauty of the new Super 7. So easy to ski, it's impossible not to like. The fundamental 7 Series attributes remain - sufficient width along with tip and tail rocker and tapering for a supremely surfy feel in powder. Charge as hard as you dare - you can shut it down instantly if things start to go south. The new Air Tip reduces swing weight and tip-flap, and a new flat tail gives it more power at the end of the turn. It's the best of the "new-school" powder-ski designs. Gleason: "The most nimble powder board."
The new Super 7 features a slightly narrower width (116 mm) than the flagship Squad 7, as well as more forgiving performance. It's lighter, has a tighter turn radius (20.8 meters at 180 cm), and is offered in lengths that are more manageable for most skiers: 188, 180, 172 and 164 cm. 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||Intermediate, Advanced, Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||164, 172, 180, 188|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.37 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.64 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.15 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.58 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.96 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.99 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.53 / 5|