Salomon Rockette (2014)
“Great bottomless-powder ski,” said one tester of the buoyant, agile, and surfy Rockette. Beyond epic days, testers found its flex dialed for powder conditions like fluffy trees and pow-on-groomer skiing. Many felt it a little unsettled on the groomers unless they were going top speed. But its playfulness and ease of use in soft snow suit it well for advanced to expert women looking to have more fun on deep days.
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.
|Lengths||156, 164, 170, 178|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||2.89 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.18 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.90 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.16 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.33 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.94 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.71 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.03 / 5|