Rossignol Sin 7 (2014)



Rating: 2.84 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2014
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 118
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-98-118
Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188

Stability at speed: 2.02 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.02 / 5
Crud performance: 3.05 / 5
Flotation: 3.66 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.51 / 5
Overall: 2.84 / 5

The new 96-mm-wide Sin 7 is the value offering in the 7 series. It's similar in shape (tapered tip and tail) and sensibilities to the higher-end models, but Rossi controls costs by using a traditional construction rather than the new Air Tip. Its midfat width makes it a likely choice for Eastern freeriders who see more hardpack than powder but still want a fat ski. It's part of Rossignol's highly successful 7 series, which has been drastically revamped with new technologies for 2013-14. Chief among them - and by far most visible - is Air Tip, which is employed in the top three models of the series, all of which are new. The tip and tail are honeycombed with air pockets that reduce swing weight by concentrating the mass of the ski underfoot. Because the tip is lighter, tip flap is also noticeably reduced. All models feature stiffer tails than previous 7 series models, for stronger turn finishes, and Powder Turn Rocker, which combines early-rise tip and tail with camber underfoot for flotation in powder and carvability on hardpack. More importantly, most models (Smash 7 excepted) feature tapered tip and tail shapes that keep them loose and smeary in deep snow and allow for quick speed checks and direction changes. New Light Core construction uses paulownia wood to reduce weight by about 20 percent compared to previous 7 series models. All are straight-ahead wood-core laminate constructions (except the Smash, which is a softer cap construction). All are sold flat (no binding).