Rossignol Super 7 HD w (2017)

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Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 116
Tip/Tail/Waist: 140-116-130
Lengths: 162, 170, 178

The Rossignol Super 7 HD W replaces the Star 7 in the Women's Freeride lineup. It's the same ski with a different graphic, plus the addition of Rossignol's new Carbon Alloy Matrix reinforcement layer, which buttresses its top-end performance with a little more strength and high-speed calm. It's 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. Rossi no longer offers a 188-cm length for the strongest women. (It tops out at 178 cm for 2017.) 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.