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Waist Width: 80
The Saffron, with its 98-mm waist, offers more all-conditions versatility than the Star (116 mm) or Savory (106). Rossi aims it at women who want new-school powder performance but can't commit to a dedicated powder-only ski. The 7 Series of women's freeride skis are built for adventurous women who ski lots of powder and like to venture off the beaten trails. Generous waist widths range from a powder-specific 116 (Star 7) down to 80 mm (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 ski 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 skis (except Sassy and Trixie) feature Rossignol's new Air Tip technology, in which a honeycomb pattern of air pockets in the tip and tail lightens the ski in those zones for better swing weight and enhanced pivotability. All models, except the Trixie, are sold flat.