Rossignol Super 7 (2014)
Rossi did its homework when it redesigned the S series of past years into the all-new 7 Series. The metal-free Super 7 is substantially lighter than its much loved but hefty predecessor, yet it retains plenty of pep and the same easy smeariness. Its tapered shape facilitates a playful and creative style of riding, but it still has teeth in firm snow. Bigger skiers may overpower it, but it’s a smooth and effortless ski for deep days—or a one-ski quiver for someone who likes ’em chubby.
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|
|Lengths||164, 172, 180, 188|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.19 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.80 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.17 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.79 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.68 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.49 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.49 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.28 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.48 / 5|