Rossignol Zenith Z9 (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1099.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126/74/105
Lengths: 154, 162, 170, 176

Stability at speed: 3.20 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.27 / 5
Crud performance: 3.23 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.53 / 5

Pro With all that sidecut on a 74-mm waist, the Z9 is built to be all things. Between storms, it’ll arc up the groomers till its edges bleed, and in powder, it presents enough surface area for enjoyable flotation. Testers agreed it’s a relaxing ride, especially at home in medium-radius turns. New this year, an ingenious interface allows the Z9’s binding to be adjusted on the spot, without tools, to fit any boot (your buddy’s, for instance, though it wouldn’t be prudent without a safety check, and we didn’t tell you to do it). Mostly vertical sidewalls give it edge-grip, further enhanced by metal-reinforcement in key pressure zones. "I loved its blend of finesse and power," said DelliQuadri. "It’s got a benevolent feel underfoot that inspires confidence and serenity." Con Soft-snow versatility comes with some compromise of hard-snow tenacity.