Rossignol Sky 7 HD (2017)

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Price: $750.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 98
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-98-118
Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188

The 2017 Sky 7 HD replaces the Sin 7 with a new graphic, a new name, and a slightly stiffer, damper construction, thanks to the addition of Rossi's new Carbon Alloy Matrix reinforcement layer. It's the same shape as the Sin, narrow enough for everyday freeriding in all but the hardest Eastern snow. Also new for 2017, it's built on a lightweight paulownia core rather than the denser poplar of the Sin. It's sold flat (no binding) or as a system, with an 11-DIN Look Xpress binding. (Rossignol-branded bindings have been discontinued for 2017. Sister-brand Look now provides all bindings for Rossignol system skis.) It's part of Rossignol's highly successful 7 Series, a nine-model line (five for men, four for women) of powder and soft-snow surfers ranging in width (for men) from 120 mm (the Super 7 RD) down to 92 mm (the Smash). New this year, all models 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 are rockered tip and tail for buoyancy in soft snow and shock absorption in rough terrain. More importantly, most models (Smash 7 excepted) feature tapered tip and tail shapes, where the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot. That makes them loose and smeary in deep snow and allows for quick speed checks and direction changes. The tip is honeycombed with translucent air pockets that reduce swing weight-a technology Rossi calls Air Tip. In this way the mass of the ski is effectively concentrated underfoot, and because the tip is lighter, tip flap is also noticeably reduced. Rossi's Powder Turn Rocker combines early rise in the tip and tail with camber underfoot for flotation in powder and carvability on hardpack. All 7-Series skis are straight-ahead wood-core laminate constructions (except the Smash, which is a softer-flexing, more economical cap construction, and the Super 7 RD with its extra-burly race-department layup). All but the Smash are built on cores of lightweight paulownia. For backcountry use, Rossi offers pre-cut climbing skins for all but the Smash. 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.