Rossignol Electra Sensor3 90 (2011)

With a notch more power than the Vita (next page) and a snugger fit, Rossi’s Electra series is the better choice for experts or athletic intermediates. Our lankiest tester wanted a taller cuff, but for most women it’s fine. As with all the new Rossis, the liner is plush but not sloppy, fitted perfectly to its shell, and the shell’s geometry sets the skier up for a balanced and responsive ride.
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Rossignol Electra Sensor3 90

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Price: $600.00
Year: 2011
Level: N/A
Gender: Female

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