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Rossi S90W

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

My wife and I are headed out to Kicking Horse this weekend, and I just wanted to find out;

 

Has anybody skied the Rossignol S90W?  I'm probably going to rent a pair of S3s (assuming they're available), and the wife was curious about the S90W offered as a rental at Kick.

 

Anyone?

post #2 of 16

It's a pretty darned good ski in any kind of soft or broken conditions. It's not really a powder ski of course nor is it great on rock hard snow. Rather, it is more of a slightly soft snow oriented all mountain ski. Probably an under publicized model in the current market.

 

SJ

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks SJ!

 

Any thoughts on her just renting a short S3?  Does it demand anything special that she may not bring to the table?

post #4 of 16

S3 is a little more biased toward deep snow than the S90W and in turn the 90 would be a little more stable. Both are nice choices she would have a good time on either. Let the weather be your guide.

 

SJ

post #5 of 16

I bought the s90w's in January and ski them about three times a week at Deer Valley.  No shortage of groomers there so obviously they do well on hardpack.  I am 5'4", 138 lbs, upper advanced skier.  They are amazing in the powder and tress and moguls and are still huge fun to ride back to the lift.  Powder meaning inches of fresh, not feet!  They turn on a dime for me at slower speeds, and are huge fun in the spring mushy conditions we had today in Utah.  The only negative for me, at least, is that they have a speed limit on a groomer that is cut up.  You have to be going pretty fast, mind you, and for your average woman I am on the more aggressive end of the scale, but their softness that shines in the trees, bumps, and powder/crud, makes you bounce around a lot on choppy stuff at speed.  I've talked to other women, and they agree that they are very forgiving, and a lot of fun for intermediate as well as advanced skiers.

 

I think she will love the s90's unless she is a high speed, downhill charging kind of gal.  I tried the S3, and there was a definite difference in feel. It was a lot stiffer, in my opinion, and took a lot more effort to turn than the s90.  I believe it has their Amptek technology, and a metal sheet in there.  The s90w does not have a metal sheet.  You are renting, so I would try both.  I am interested in her thoughts if she ends up trying the s90s.  Sierra Jim is correct, almost non-existant marketing on it, and hard to get opinions or reviews on it.

post #6 of 16

And Rossignol's spec information on skis is abysmal, so I am hoping Sierra Jim chimes in and corrects me on some of this stuff!  No joke, I contacted Rossi directly about why the s90w was described as 50/50 on/off piste, but the fine print on the spec sheet online said the ski's "program" was 70% powder.  They were adamant that it was a 50% off piste ski, even though the narrower s86w was listed as 60% off piste.  They were unable to explain why the narrower ski would do better in powder, and continued to quote what the Rossi website has.

 

When I finally saw the ski in a store without the demo binding covering up the middle of the ski, it was printed right there on the topsheet of the s90w, bigger than life, "70% off piste/30% on".  I actually took a pic of this and sent it to Rossi.  They never responded.

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Originally Posted by finsterlee View Post

And Rossignol's spec information on skis is abysmal, so I am hoping Sierra Jim chimes in and corrects me on some of this stuff!  No joke, I contacted Rossi directly about why the s90w was described as 50/50 on/off piste, but the fine print on the spec sheet online said the ski's "program" was 70% powder.  They were adamant that it was a 50% off piste ski, even though the narrower s86w was listed as 60% off piste.  They were unable to explain why the narrower ski would do better in powder, and continued to quote what the Rossi website has.

 

When I finally saw the ski in a store without the demo binding covering up the middle of the ski, it was printed right there on the topsheet of the s90w, bigger than life, "70% off piste/30% on".  I actually took a pic of this and sent it to Rossi.  They never responded.


I think this is the result of Rossi rebranding the ski over 3(?) seasons and varying the description to fit the changing idea of what an all mountain ski is.

 

post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by finsterlee View Post

And Rossignol's spec information on skis is abysmal, so I am hoping Sierra Jim chimes in and corrects me on some of this stuff!  No joke, I contacted Rossi directly about why the s90w was described as 50/50 on/off piste, but the fine print on the spec sheet online said the ski's "program" was 70% powder.  They were adamant that it was a 50% off piste ski, even though the narrower s86w was listed as 60% off piste.  They were unable to explain why the narrower ski would do better in powder, and continued to quote what the Rossi website has.

 

When I finally saw the ski in a store without the demo binding covering up the middle of the ski, it was printed right there on the topsheet of the s90w, bigger than life, "70% off piste/30% on".  I actually took a pic of this and sent it to Rossi.  They never responded.

This is pretty accurate. I've looked in the literature to see how they have it listed for 2012 but don't see the %on/off piste listed.(but I could be missing it)

Here is a photo and some dims on the skis(photo includes the other skis in the women's S line

 

The Rossi S Line

And with the bottoms flipped on the S7W (true S110)


 

Dims on the S110
Here it is: 140/110/118,
14.8r = 178,
offered in 168, & 178
 

 

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

Well - back from Kicking Horse, after two days on the S90Ws in a 160 length, skiing boot - thigh deep pow at the top, perfect chord in the morning and thaw/freeze hard pack at the bottom in the afternoon - the wife's "review" of the S90W is as such

 

all around a very enjoyable ski, she felt that they carved fairly well on all the conditions we had.  they were light, and quick, and very easy to turn.  They were forgiving in the bumps, and floated in the pow beautifully.  Steeps were no problem, trees were a blast.  At the end of day one, she asked if we could stop at the rental shop again, to extend the rental to the next day.

 

Probably the highlight of the weekend, was the bottom half of a steep face, where she got, for the first time ever, the true float/surf feeling on top of the pow!  The grin was ear-to-ear! 

 

Bottom line is, she's very much looking into where she can get them locally.

 

While I've got a couple people in the know here - anybody know how they compare to the Salomon Geisha?

 

And on a tertiary note - damn those S7 woman's lines are HOT looking skis...

post #10 of 16

OOOf, looking back at my reply I see that I posted it in the wrong thread.

The Rossi S90w can be close to a 50/50 ski with the addendum that it depends on the skier style and  terrain choice.  

For instance, I prefer a daily driver that is a bit narrower, but one of the women I ski with prefers a 98mm waisted ski for her daily driver.

 

The Rossi S90w is mosdef a versatile ski.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Agreed. All I know is that my Wife had a blast on them the last couple days in some pretty mixed conditions.  Like i said, pretty big pow up top, bottom was pretty skied off, icy, bumpy, trees were a dream come true..

 

All in all, she loved em. 

 

might have to go spend some money... but I think she'd like to test out the Geisha first... see what it's like too.

 

Thanks for the info everyone.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi All - well - we found a pair - and she says she wants them...

 

 

Only hitch is...

 

 

They're 170cms...

 

My wife demoed the 160s - and as above loved them... She's 5'8", so that puts the ski at the upper forehead for her....

 

Thoughts?  Too long or should be fine with a little adjustment?

post #13 of 16

I'm sure that you can find a pair of 160s somewhere.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

huh - would you look at that?  One more phone call and I found a pair of 160s.

 

Thanks again all.

 

 

post #15 of 16

Wish I'd seen this earlier.  I know where you could have gotten a them for her - biggrin.gif

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Well we haven't gotten them yet Trekchick ;)

 

We're supposed to be on our way this late morning/lunch time though....

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