Rossignol Super 7 RD (2017)

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Rating: 3.47 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 120
Tip/Tail/Waist: 145-120-126
Lengths: 190

Stability at speed: 2.99 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.91 / 5
Crud performance: 2.74 / 5
Flotation: 4.38 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.75 / 5
Overall: 3.47 / 5

Replacing the Squad 7 for 2017, the new Super 7 RD takes its place as the elite athlete-level flagship model in Rossignol's 7 Series Freeride line. With its 120-mm waist (same shape as the venerable Squad) it's Rossi's fattest and most powder-specific ski, built for high speeds and big-mountain lines, with a long, never-hooky sidecut radius of 30 meters. Only one size is offered, 190 cm. The RD in its name denotes its special Race Department layup-a powerful laminate construction with edgy vertical sidewalls. 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.

Replacing the Squad 7 for 2017, the new Super 7 RD takes its place as the elite athlete-level flagship model in Rossignol's 7 Series Freeride line. With its 120-mm waist (same shape as the venerable Squad) it's Rossi's fattest and most powder-specific ski, built for high speeds and big-mountain lines, with a long, never-hooky sidecut radius of 30 meters.

Only one size is offered, 190 cm. The RD in its name denotes its special Race Department layup-a powerful laminate construction with edgy vertical sidewalls. 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.

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