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2017-2018 Rossignol Super 7 RD

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews Rossignol Super 7 RD for Blister Gear Review.

Rossignol Super 7 RD

Ski: 2017-2018 Rossignol Super 7 RD, 190 cm

Actual Length (straight tape pull): 186.2 cm

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” = -5.8 cm from center; 87.3 cm from tail
  • “Freeride” = -7.8 cm from center; 85.3 cm from tail

Blister Recommended Mount Point: “All-Mountain” line

Test Locations: Arapahoe Basin, CO; Taos, NM

Days Tested (Total): 9

Intro

For 2017-2018, Rossignol is switching up every ski in their “7” series lineup, except for the Super 7 RD. And we are quite happy to have the Super 7 RD come back unchanged, aside from a graphics update.

We presented some of our initial conclusions about the Super 7 RD in our 16/17 Winter Buyer’s Guide, and in our Deep Dive of the Salomon QST 118 (which also comes back unchanged for 17/18), I talked about how the QST 118 compares to the Super 7 HD and the Super 7 RD.

But let’s make sure we’re all clear on the whole “Super 7 HD” vs. “Super 7 RD” thing.

HD vs. RD

For the 16/17 season, the Super 7 “RD” replaced the Rossignol Squad 7. The “Squad” moniker 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.

And so, for 17/18:

Super 7 HD = For 16/17, this is a tweaked version of Rossignol’s 15/16 Super 7. And next season (17/18), this ski gets updated again (as does the Rossignol Soul 7 HD), and we’ll say more down the road about those updates.

Super 7 RD = The 16/17 & 17/18 Super 7 RD is a tweaked version of the 15/16 Squad 7, and we think the new ski is a clear improvement over the 15/16 version.

Over the years (and in keeping with modern trends), the weight of the Squad has decreased, and given its length and width, the latest Super 7 RD is coming in pretty light.

Flex Pattern:

I’d sum up the flex pattern of the Super 7 RD like this:

Tips: 6
Underfoot: 10
Tails: 7-8

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.

Some Important Questions about the 16/17 & 17/18 Super 7 RD:

What does the shape, construction, weight, and flex pattern of this ski all add up to on snow?

How does the 16/17 & 17/18 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’ve already answered some of these questions in our Buyer’s Guide and Deep Dive article mentioned above, and we are now just waiting to catch another storm cycle to A/B the Super 7 HD & RD in deep snow. Thankfully, that storm finally arrived, so now, here is our full review of the Super 7 RD…

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Rossignol Super 7 RD for Blister Review

Jonathan Ellsworth on the Rossignol Super 7 RD, West Basin, Taos.

NEXT: The Review — 16/17 – 17/18 Rossignol Super 7 RD

5 Comments

  1. Blister Member
    George March 7, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like this ski could be very similar to the all new Armada Tracer 118Chx. Any plans to review?

  2. Davyn March 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for the great review. How would you say this ski compares to the Praxis Protest?

    Cheers,
    Davyn

  3. Jason April 23, 2017 Reply

    Great review, it seems like the Super 7 RD and QST 118 are quite similar. I’m just curious as to why is seems like this review is much more positive than the QST 118. Or are the skis not that similar?

    • Author

      Thank you, Jason. And while I fear this may be an unhelpful response … I think Paul and I have both accurately laid out how both of these skis perform on snow. So in that sense, the two (long) reviews are themselves the answer to your question about how similar / different the two skis are. But the short answer (which Paul points out in his review) is that the QST 118 is a more powder-specific ski than a good number of ~118mm-wide skis we’ve reviewed. Which makes sense, given that it is the replacement of the Salomon Rocker2 122.

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