Rating: 3.23 / 5
Waist Width: 116
Stability at speed: 2.90 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.01 / 5
Crud performance: 3.04 / 5
Flotation: 3.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.46 / 5
Overall: 3.23 / 5
No secret here: This is a women's version of Rossi's Super 7, the top ski in the Men's Deep Snow category. Female testers have been somewhat immune to the 7 Series hype, but they warmed up to it this year. The Star was forgiven for not being as stiff and damp as others in the group. Testers dialed into how fun and friendly it is, especially for such a huge ski. As loose and slashy as it gets in powder, it's just edgy enough for relaxed bebopping on hardpack. Moffatt: "Light and flirty, easy to maneuver, friendly to varying abilities."
NOTES: The 2016 Rossignol Star 7 is the widest women's ski Rossignol makes, a powder purist for expert female freeriders who live in western locales or just want a surfy, smeary new-school powder ski for their quiver. The size run includes a 188 cm model aimed at strong, aggressive women who might normally prefer a men's ski.
The 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 (Star 7) down to 80 mm (Trixie Jib park ski). All but the Trixie feature Rossi's Powder Turn Rocker, which blends 50 percent camber underfoot with aggressive rocker tip and tail for deep-snow flotation. Moving the widest parts of the ski closer to the foot (on the Star, Savory and Saffron) makes the tapered tip and tail looser and more maneuverable, easier to skid and control speed as needed in deep snow. Meanwhile, deep sidecut underfoot is designed to deliver surprising edge grip and hard-snow performance for skis so wide. As in the men's 7 Series skis, the high-end models (Star, Savory and Saffron) are classic vertical-sidewall laminate constructions with wood cores, though lighter-weight paulownia wood is used in the women's models. And like the men's skis, the women's skis (except Sassy and Trixie) feature Rossignol's new 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. All models, except the Trixie, are sold flat.