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Rossi s7 Review

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27 years old

165lb

5'10

130-150 days a year

I ski alot of everything but mostly freeski trees

I can turn left and right in various shapes and sizes on most parts of the mountains

 

Ski

 

188cm Rossi S7

 

sidecut

 

145-114-123 17.5  radius this ski has ton of early taper

 

rocker profile

 

tip and tail rocker with some camber underfoot

 

Conditions /resort

 

Stowe

 

Day one - deep heavy, wind/suncrusted powder untracked and chopped in tree. the left overs from the 30 inch storm on monday.

Day two - 8-11 of new light on what was already there.

 

 

the first day skiing these I took them out because my 'the one" were simply not enough ski for what was out there. My katana's are MIA, and my thugs are simply a chore to ski unless its bottomless. The S7 in alot of ways was just right. it handles deep wind affect and sun affected snow better than anything I have tried thus far. My 183cm Katana are nearly as good but these are better. The S7 just encourage you to charge though tight places and carve when you could but could easily be slashed into a sweet slavre when you need it. Not to mention you can drive the tip. simply put one of the better funky (untracked) snow skis out there.

 

My gripes on the first day were that its flat out sucks and really torques your legs on groomers, and was handful in bumps that had mix of hard pack and soft stuff. I suspect it more of the fact that our own Epic like a much sharper edge and less base bevel than I prefer. My katanas are much better in bumps/crud and chopped groomers.

 

On day 2 we received 8-11 of new though out the day. The ski really shined in this stuff and since everything was soft the retarded sharp edges were not felt at all. I cannt say it was alot better than my Katana but it in this stuff was its equal for sure. Still fun and was even seeking out powder bumps by the end of the day .

 

Final line - one of the best mixed deep snow skis out there, pretty decent in soft bumps, not awesome in crud or chopped groomers. Down right scary at speed. I have pair of wide brake dukes that need a home and they could find their way to a pair of S7s.

 

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Good review.  I think you are probably right about the base bevel.  Not that I ski many bumps on mine, but I find them quite manageable for a wide ski with 1 degree on the base, I have never sharpened them.  The S3's are fun too.

 

Where on the ski did Epic mount his?

 

Thanks,

JF

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BWPA - Knowing our shared like for the Katana (and many other skis) I know you would much prefer the DPS Wailer 112RP over the S7.  Trust me.

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Good review.  I think you are probably right about the base bevel.  Not that I ski many bumps on mine, but I find them quite manageable for a wide ski with 1 degree on the base, I have never sharpened them.  The S3's are fun too.

 

Where on the ski did Epic mount his?

 

Thanks,

JF


They are mounted with Schizos. I think Josh moved them around a bit. I may add more base bevel. The skis were pretty torn-ip, so I had them flattened and started over again. They had about 3 degrees base bevel before I had them flattened and kinda sucked that way. Right now they are around 1.5 degrees. One of these days I'll take 'em down to 2 degrees and see how that feels. I like the way they ski on groomed. I hate them on groomed with lots of crud on top. What I love is how they handle really weird snow.

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BWPA - Knowing our shared like for the Katana (and many other skis) I know you would much prefer the DPS Wailer 112RP over the S7.  Trust me.



good to know and its lighter as well if it was only not so damn expensive!

 

Got to ski my katana today in feet of untracked wet sticky crud, I am sure the Katana was better than the S7 today.

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^^^^^^ Go with the Hybrid model ($799 is worth it for this ski).

 

The 112RP is much stiffer torsionally than the S7 (not sure about the Super 7) - the edge grip on the 112RP is far superior (if you actually care on a 112 underfoot ski!).  It's also a bit stiffer lengthwise (doesn't flop around nearly as much and doesn't crumble under speed).

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^^^^^^ Go with the Hybrid model ($799 is worth it for this ski).

 

The 112RP is much stiffer torsionally than the S7 (not sure about the Super 7) - the edge grip on the 112RP is far superior (if you actually care on a 112 underfoot ski!).  It's also a bit stiffer lengthwise (doesn't flop around nearly as much and doesn't crumble under speed).



That's interesting. A care package from DPS just showed up at our doorstep today with 3 pr. of test skis including a 112 RP. Since I eventually fell out of luv with the S7 due to it's floppity nature in cut up snow, it'll be interesting to see if the RP is any better. FWIW.....I thought that the Super 7 was a bit more solid then the regular S7 but the Super I skied was a 195 whereas the regular S7 I owned was a 188. The longer size was probably part of that impression.

 

SJ

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SJ - the tail on the 112RP isn't as "loose" feeling to me as the S7 - be ready for that.  I've found that the tail rocker profile combined with the sidecut on the 112RP actually let's you really drive the ski from the tail if you want to - it's actually really fun.  Yeah, you're seriously in the back seat doing this, but by golly you still have almost total control while you're just having a blast floating down the mountain.  The 112RP has taught me to love tail rocker.

 

Another tip - when carving this ski on groomers really concentrate on your inside half and allow the stance ski to come over "on its own".  If you try to drive the stance ski on edge with aggressive knee angulation it will kind of rebel.  If I just think "smooooooth" without sudden movements I get great feedback from the skis and they arc really well back to the lift.

 

Sorry for the thread drift, now back to your regularly scheduled S7 review...

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SJ - the tail on the 112RP isn't as "loose" feeling to me as the S7 - be ready for that.  I've found that the tail rocker profile combined with the sidecut on the 112RP actually let's you really drive the ski from the tail if you want to - it's actually really fun.  Yeah, you're seriously in the back seat doing this, but by golly you still have almost total control while you're just having a blast floating down the mountain.  The 112RP has taught me to love tail rocker.

 

Another tip - when carving this ski on groomers really concentrate on your inside half and allow the stance ski to come over "on its own".  If you try to drive the stance ski on edge with aggressive knee angulation it will kind of rebel.  If I just think "smooooooth" without sudden movements I get great feedback from the skis and they arc really well back to the lift.

 

Sorry for the thread drift, now back to your regularly scheduled S7 review...



112RP sounds like the Ski Logik Rockstar I reviewed a while back.  Very similar to what you are describing.  Very un-Kastle MX108 like. The cool thing about the Rockstar was that I could drive it as well, and really ski it tip to tail, without it wanting to be overpowered.  Skis that let the skier do what good skiers do, instead of saying "don't move too much and be sure to push your feet around" are so much more fun to ski. What I did't like about that ski (and a common complaint on the 112RP) is that it was too light/stiff feeling, like some of the older Atomics, without enough damping. 

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