Dimensions (mm): 188cm: (145/115/123) 195cm: (148.5/120/130)
Boots/Bindings: Nordica Supercharger Enforcer / 188cm: Look P14; 195cm: Rossi FKS 18
Mount Location: 188cm: +1cm from 0 line; 195cm: +1.5cm from 0 line
Test Location: Alta Ski Area, Alta slack country
Days Skied: 188cm: 10 days; 195cm: 4 Days
Writing a review of the Rossignol Super 7 should be a “no brainer,” and for at least four reasons:
1) The Rossi S7, which is the exact same ski as the 188 Super 7 – minus the two layers of titanal – is one of the best selling skis of the last 2-3 years.
2) The ski receives numerous top honors, gold stars, medals, or whatever else “One Run and Done” ski reviews offer up each year.
3) One of the best skiers on the planet, Sage Cattabrigga-Alosa, supposedly helped in the design process.
4) I have seen with my very own eyes how it has transformed novice powder skiers into powder shredders, and have recommended the ski to others based on those observations.
But now, having skied both the 188cm and 195cm Super 7 for a couple of weeks, there’s a problem: I am thoroughly unimpressed.
Perhaps it’s just my skiing style. Actually, I’m certain that it’s my skiing style, and the Super 7 will work great for certain people. But if you are thinking about pulling the trigger on these skis, you really need to keep reading to see if you and the Super 7 would be a good fit.
Before I get to the nitty gritty of the review, I need to tell the story of how I ended up on these skis. This wasn’t just some ski I was asked to review for BLISTER, this was my ski, the ski I picked, and the ski I spent my hard earned money on.
So, it’s mid February, and I’m fed up with the bindings I’d mounted to my everyday skis. After 10+ years on LOOK Pivots with no injury, I switched to another brand and have had two serious knee injuries, one being a season ender last year. I’m ready to get back on some Pivots, and I decide to sell off my two-ski quiver with the non-LOOK bindings: a pair of big, fat, rockered, pow boards and a pair of 95mm underfoot, rockered, all-mountain / park skis.
I also decide that I’m done with owning multiple skis. I want to keep it simple. I want a ski that maybe isn’t perfect for anything but is good to great at everything. And given everything I’d seen and heard, the Rossignol S7 and Super 7 immediately come to mind. I had been excited to try the S7 ever since watching Sage tear it up on them while forerunning a FWT comp at Snowbird a couple years ago – not to mention all of his TGR segments on the S7s. He just made them look so fun!
Here's Charlie Bradley's review of next season's new Rossignol Experience 98. He's a fan.
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