Rossignol Sassy 7 (2017)


Rating: / 5
Price: $500.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 90
Tip/Tail/Waist: 118-90-108
Lengths: 140, 150, 160, 170

An economical cap construction makes the 2016 Rossignol Sassy softer and less powerful than the top three models in the women's 7 series (Super, Soul, and Sky), but it still features a generous 92-mm width that will appeal to freeride sensibilities and offer good flotation in powder. Meanwhile, it's both cheaper and more versatile in hard-snow conditions. It returns unchanged for 2017, sold only as a system, with a 10-DIN Look binding. Rossignol's 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 (Super 7 HD) down to 90 mm (the Sassy 7). New this year, all models (except the value-priced Sassy) feature Rossignol's new Carbon Alloy Matrix reinforcement layer, which beefs up top-end performance with a loose weave of carbon fibers (for energy and lightweight responsiveness) combined with basalt fiber (for mellowing dampness). All models feature Rossi's Powder Turn Rocker, which blends 50 percent camber underfoot for hard-pack carvability with aggressive rocker tip and tail for shock-absorption and deep-snow flotation. Moving the widest parts of the ski closer to the foot makes the tapered tip and tail looser and more maneuverable, making it easier to skid and control speed and line as needed in deep snow. Meanwhile, deep sidecut underfoot is designed to deliver surprising edge grip and hard-snow performance for skis so wide. (The Sassy is the exception, with sidecut extending all the way to tip and tail.) As in the men's 7 Series skis, the high-end models are classic vertical-sidewall laminate constructions with wood cores, though lighter-weight paulownia wood is used in the two widest models (Super and Soul). All feature Rossignol's 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. The top models in the line (Super, Soul, and Sky) are only sold flat; the Trixie and Sassy 7 are sold only as systems. Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.