Dimensions (mm): 146-120-127
Turn Radius: 29.5 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (Straight Tape Pull): 186.5cm
Weight Per Ski: 2,400 grams / 5.3 lbs.
Boots / Binding: Lange RX 130 / Look PX 12 (DIN at 10)
Mount Locations: +1 of recommended
Days Skied: 8
I just went back and reread Jason Hutchin’s excellent review of the Rossignol Squad 7, and I agree with pretty much everything he wrote. Jason and I also had nearly identical experiences with the Rossignol S7 and Super 7, which is why, when Jason found out that I was skiing them at Taos this past January, he was eager to hear the report.
The text exchange went like this:
Jason: How are those new Squads?
Me: No more S7 balance issue.
Jason: Nice. Stiff?
Me: Stiffer, but not demanding. The Super 7 is officially obsolete.
OK, well yeah, that last sentence is too strong.
For example, if you ski the S7 or Super 7 and have no idea what I mean about the “S7 balance issue,” then you can dismiss my claim that the Super 7 is obsolete. You can still find lots of people on mountains everywhere who swear by their S7s and Super 7s. So if you love those skis, there’s little reason to think that you’ll undoubtedly love the Squad 7 more. But if the S7 / Super 7 left you wanting, you are in luck.
Instead of simply repeating much of what Jason has already reported, I’ll try to say a little more about who will be drawn toward the S7 and Super 7, and who might want to look at the Squad 7. I’ll also compare the Squad 7 to a couple of skis in the same class: the 190cm Moment Bibby Pro and the 191cm ON3P Billy Goat.
Back in January at Taos, I skied the Squad 7s primarily off the ridge, both Highline and West Basin. The skis felt intuitive right from the start; as my text message stated, there was no issue of trying to find a balance point on the Squads. You can ski them centered, but you can drive the shovels hard, too.
As Jason noted in his review, the tail of the Squad 7 feels (to us, anyway) like a significant improvement, provides a more stable platform for landings, carves well, but still allows you to break free easily and (with any sort of speed) smear turns. The pintail of the S7 may be even easier to smear, but the tradeoff is a less stable ride.
For anything from mellow pow skiing to zipperlines, tight trees, soft groomers, switch landings, spins, and straight airs, the Rossignol S3 is good times.
Here's another look at the Rossignol Scimitar, with direct comparisons to the Rossignol S3 and Rossignol Experience 98. The Upshot? We're more convinced than ever that the Scimitar is one of the best values in the entire ski industry.
Question: What ski is among the absolute best in its class, yet far too few skiers know about it? Answer: The Praxis Protest. It's a big ski that deserves to have a much, MUCH bigger following.