Salomon Rockette (2014)
This was our lovable surfer girl - energetic, friendly, and fun. It effortlessly popped through trees, skimmed over powder, and played in bumps. It'll hold your hand if you need it to or follow your lead if you don't. It's no surprise, though, that the most forgiving is also the least suited to hard snow. And testers complained it wasn't burly enough to plow crud or muscle top speeds. But its wood-core, structural-cap, metal-free construction is made for powder. And in that, it's unsinkable (No. 2). Cunningham: "Makes an intermediate skier look like a goddess in the fresh."
The Rockette is the fattest women's ski in Salomon's line, and it's built for uncompromised deep-snow performance with an extra-buoyant 115 mm waist. Like all models in the returning Rocker2 line (which includes the 122, the 108 and the women's 115-waisted Rockette), it's a twin-tip built for newschool-style skiing - surfy, loose, playful - especially in soft snow. Aggressive rocker in both the tip and tail, with barely-there camber under foot, make switch riding and smeared turns easy. Hook Free Taper in both the tip and tail brings the widest points of the ski closer to the foot for a looser, smearier feel that's never hooky in soft snow and crud. Salomon consolidates the ski's mass closer to the foot by incorporating lightweight honeycomb structures into the tip and tail to reduce swing weight and enhance maneuverability and quickness. It's a metal-free, full wood-core Salomon Monocoque (structural cap) construction built for medium-stout edginess and soft-snow-loving liveliness. Extra-wide edges are built and reinforced to withstand off-trail abuse and edge rip-out. Fans of the French brand will notice that Salomon significantly consolidates its line for 2013-14, eliminating redundant models (including several BBRs and the narrower Rocker/Rockettes) and focusing on two key freeskiing lines, Rocker2 and the new Quest family. While the Rocker2 skis (widths of 108 to 122 mm) still offer a more newschool, looser, twin-tip type of performance, the Quest series (88 to 115 mm) offers a more directional, secure, carve-ready performance. Meanwhile, the hard-snow/carve-oriented Enduro line, a tester favorite for frontside applications, returns with East- and groomer-friendly 80 and 85 mm waists.
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||156, 164, 170, 178|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||2.87 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.01 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||1.64 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.30 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.73 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||4.16 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.15 / 5|