If you’ve been anywhere near the ski industry over the last few years you’ve no doubt heard of the the Rossignol S7′s. These ski’s might be the biggest thing to hit winter since Glen Plake’s mohawk. And If you’ve ever had the pleasure of riding a pair of them then you know what all the hype’s about. Making powder easy to ski is probably one of retails greatest inventions. I remember when I first learned to ski, I hated powder. I was in 4th grade and probably 80 lbs. My skis were maybe 80mm underfoot. Powder was my enemy. I promptly went to the darkside, snowboarding. Flash forward 15 years and I’ve returned to my roots. And probably the biggest reason for this coming of full circle is the insane advancements in ski technology, and at this point in the ski evolutionary timeline the Rossignol S7 is sitting in the driver seat. By giving you’re average skier the ability to ride pow like a hero and still carve up the groomers all on the same ski, Rossignol has developed a ski that had cult classic status right from first pressing. But in this review we aren’t talking about the S7, this spotlight is steady on the Super 7. The S7′s big bro.
Let’s start with the differences between the S7 and the Super 7. The most obvious is the dimensions. The Rossignol Super 7 comes in lengths 188 and 195, whereas the S7 is available in a 168, 178, and 188. So you have the longer 195cm for one. Next you have the widths – Super 7:: 146/117/127 S7:: 145/115/123. Verdict, Super 7 is carrying more of what you need to attack and be comfortable on the bigger mountain lines. The biggest difference in construction between the Super 7 and S7 is that the Super 7 has titanal reinforcements running inside the core while the S7 is a carbon laminate. Results: A little heavier and more stable when you need it to be. It’ll bomb though anything in it’s path.
So how’d it ski? Well as expected. Awesome. One thing I really noticed was that the weight of the ski seemed to be very evenly distributed from tip to tail. Which seemed to make it ski very smoothly. Like a new pair of truck tires. I just bought new truck tires…On the groomers I found myself looking down in a bit of amazement, wondering how a ski shaped so oddly can produce so easily. It was easy to rail long drawn out, high speed carvers and then switch to super quick/tight slalom turns. A good word to describe the way the Super 7/S7 skis: Playful. It’s a very stable design at both high and low speeds. Cruising the getbacks or flats didn’t produce much wandering. Which is what I call it when your ski wants to follow every rut and ridge it crosses. I didn’t have to focus much of my attention to keeping them in line at all. At high speeds I felt super comfortable on them as well, and that goes for both on and off piste. On the groomers there was no sacrifice from the width or shape that I could notice. As fast as I wanted, no issues. Off piste is where the Super 7 shined tho. It’s ability to float over the fresh and un groomed crud was impressive, and it never lost to much of that playful feeling either. I didn’t think the agility was quite of that of the Moment Bibby Pro, but it was still up there for sure. It really gave me the mindset that the mountain was my playground to use as I please. Really the Rossignol S7′s and Super 7′s are known as being an awesome ski, and that’s for a good reason….they’re awesome. Furthermore, there haven’t been any changes in them for the last what, 3 years? Other than the graphics that is, and this years graphics are the best yet I’d say. Anyone looking for an all-mountain ski will be happy with this set of sticks. Especially if you’re looking for your first pair of fat skis. The S7 and Super 7 is a great gateway ski to the world of pow skis, and the 2012 versions are already showing up in shops so if you’re on your game you can pick up a pair right now and prob still get to rock them in some deep snow before winter’s over. Especially the way this winter has been going, seems like everyone is hitting record/near record snow falls. I feel like that’s pretty much all I need to say on these things. I highly recommend a demo if you’ve never been on them.
Writing this actually gave me quite the craving to get back on them again and go skiing.