Rossignol Star 7 (2014)
Rossi readily admits it built the Star 7 (another banger from the new 7
series) for the top 10 percent of female skiers, and it’s true: talented women will get the most out of this ski. But a whole range of testers called it “confidence building” and thought its lightweight construction and playful mentality would suit aspiring rippers as well. A stout but smooth wide ski, it received several nods for versatility. At 116 underfoot it’s unquestionably a powder ski, but many praised its all-mountain chops.
The new Star 7 is the widest women's ski Rossignol makes, a powder purist for expert female freeriders who live in deep snow locales or want a surfy, smeary new-school powder ski for their quiver. The Star 7 size run includes a 188-cm model aimed at strong, aggressive women who might normally prefer a men's 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 Jib 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 women's ski 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.
|Lengths||162, 170, 178, 188|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.71 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.99 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.26 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.50 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.67 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.76 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||4.36 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.77 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.78 / 5|