Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 92
Lengths: 140, 150, 160, 170, 180
The 2017 Rossignol Smash 7, returning unchanged except for a new graphic, is the affordable ski in the famous 7 series, with a 92-mm waist and tip/tail rocker appropriate for soft-snow conditions. But while it looks like a 7, it lacks many of the defining features that make the series so successful: no slashy tip and tail taper, no whippy tip-weight reduction. It's a simple, economical cap construction on a poplar core reinforced with fiberglass. Super light and forgiving, it will suit novices and intermediates who keep the speed down. 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.) 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.