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Rossignol Sky 7 HD w (2017)

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Rossignol Sky 7 HD W

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Rating: 3.58 / 5
Price: $750.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 98
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-98-118
Lengths: 162, 170, 178

Stability at speed: 3.49 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.39 / 5
Crud performance: 3.53 / 5
Flotation: 3.51 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.66 / 5
Overall: 3.58 / 5

The women have always been less forgiving of the 7 Series models’ forgiving side than the men. Now that Rossi has beefed the Sky up with a reinforcing layer of carbon (for lightweight strength) mixed with basalt fiber (for mellowing dampness), it meets with their emphatic approval. The Sky is a very different animal from the strong, edgy models that took the top two rankings. It’s a surfer and a slasher, far more interested in soft snow than hard. Looser in the snow, it’s easier to pivot and foot-steer. That opens up creativity in line choices. And because speed checks are easier, the Sky eggs you on to higher speeds, especially in powder. Testers still love its easy playful- ness; now it’s found the missing oomph. Knight: “Super versatile and fun. Not as burly as I usually like, but I loved how easy it was to ski. Lively in powder.”

The 2017 Rossignol Sky 7 HD W replaces the Saffron 7 in women's freeride collection. It's the same ski with a new graphic, plus the addition of Rossi's new Carbon Alloy Matrix (denoted by the HD in its name), which gives it improved high-end performance. With its 98-mm waist, it offers more all-conditions versatility than the Super (116 mm) or Soul (106). Rossi aims it at women who want new-school powder performance but can't commit to a dedicated powder-only ski. 

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.

Notes: The 2017 Rossignol Sky 7 HD W replaces the Saffron 7 in women's freeride collection. It's the same ski with a new graphic, plus the addition of Rossi's new Carbon Alloy Matrix (denoted by the HD in its name), which gives it improved high-end performance. With its 98-mm waist, it offers more all-conditions versatility than the Super (116 mm) or Soul (106). Rossi aims it at women who want new-school powder performance but can't commit to a dedicated powder-only ski. 

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.

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