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Waist Width: 116
Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188
It’s back on top. Must be the fiber. Though Rossignol’s famous 7 Series has continued to sell like crazy, the Super 7 hasn’t been No. 1 in the Deep Snow category since 2013–14. Everyone loved its sensationally slashy, quick-pivoting ease, but experts wanted more oomph, which Rossi gave it this year. The new 7 HD models are buttressed with a layer of strong carbon fibers woven with vibration- damping basalt. The Super 7 still succeeds more in its playfulness than its power—and still gets tossed around a bit at high speeds in deep crud. But now there’s more high end in the blend: See its No. 1 in Playfulness. Even picky Rogan was impressed: “Stronger than in years past. It’s always hard to make good better, but they did it.”
Notes: 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.