Ski: 2016-2017 Super 7 RD, 190 cm
Actual Length (straight tape pull): 186.2 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2300 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2126 & 2173 grams
Stated Dimensions (mm): 145-120-126
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 143.5-118.5-127
Stated Sidecut Radius: 30 meters
Core Construction: Paulownia + Carbon/Basalt Laminate
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 79 mm / 31 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4-5 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point:
“All Mountain” = -6.0 cm from center; 87.1 cm from tail
“Freeride” = -8.0 cm from center; 85.1 cm from tail
As you probably know by now, Rossignol has updated their “S” lineup of skis for the 16/17 season.
In our Deep Dive of the new Salomon QST 118, I talked about how the QST 118 compares to the new Super 7 HD and the Super 7 RD. But it’s time to start getting some more information out about these skis in their own right.
HD vs. RD
First, let’s clarify these names. For 16/17, the Super 7 “RD” replaces the Rossi Squad 7. The “Squad” moniker has had a long run in Rossi’s modern-day history, and the name has served to signify Rossi’s big mountain ski with a big sidecut radius.
We’ll see how long the name stays retired (you’d bet a beer that the Squad gets unretired again in 6-10 years, wouldn’t you?), but for now:
Super 7 HD = tweaked version of the 15/16 Super 7
Super 7 RD = tweaked version of the 15/16 Squad 7
Over the years (and in keeping with modern trends), the weight of the Squad has decreased, and given its length and width, the 16/17 Super 7 RD is coming in pretty light.
I’d sum up the flex pattern of the Super 7 RD like this:
I’d also say that this is a really nice flex pattern. When I call the tips a “6”, that is at the very front of the ski, and the ski then ramps up consistently and evenly from 6 to 10 without any hinge points.
And the same is true for the back of the ski — that “10” underfoot holds behind the heel piece, then smoothly softens to about a “7” at the blue portion of the tail.
Our Primary Questions
What does the shape, construction, weight, and flex pattern of this ski all add up to on snow?
How different does the Super 7 RD perform and feel from the Super 7 HD?
How does the 16/17 Super 7 RD compare to the 15/16 Squad 7?
How does the Super 7 RD stack up against the other ~118mm-wide, big mountain / big sidecut skis out there.
We’ll be offering answers to these questions shortly, but for now, check out the rocker profile pics of the new Super 7 RD.
NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics