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Rossignol S3

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Looking for some input on the Rossignal S3
I demoed these skis on the weekend and like them overall for the conditions
I live on the west coast of British Columbia and ski the local lower mountains and bigger dumps can be a bit on the heavier side
Has anyone our there used these skis extensively this season and if so what is your overall impression of the ski for a one ski quiver?
My local ski shop has really been pushing this ski for me and pushing me away from the all mountain like the Rossignals experience series and the K2 AMP lineup
Any input would be appreciated
post #2 of 12

The Rossignol S3 is one of the most popular skis at the demo ski shop where I work in the B.C. interior (much lighter snow on average than Vancouver's North Shore mountains). The S3 is an easy to turn fun ski, best for lighter skiers and 2 of my co-workers bought them, one a woman 110-125 lbs., one a guy 140-160 lbs.

post #3 of 12
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My best guess here is the S3 is a cross over ski from All Mountain to Big Mountain?

Hense it is not showing up in the top 10 of most ski reviews that I have reserched

Would you agree with this?

It performed very well in the spring soft groomed conditions last weekend

How do you think it will perforn in the heavier dumps we get on the west coast?

Does the ski perform well for your friends once the Pow starts to get chopped up?

post #4 of 12

It's been a fav on a number of reviews in mags etc. Only the basic design is several years old now, and as you may have noticed, reviewers seldom stay in love with a ski unless it evolves noticeably. So it's off the A list, but I still see a bunch of them around, especially as all-mountain skis for folks who like to combine trees, park, bumps. Not sure I'd consider it a west coast big mountain ski, cuz it has a speed limit, not an ice skate, and can get knocked around in crud at speed. Great for tighter terrain, very maneuverable, very nice switch or taking air (I'm told). 

 

All that said, there are a bunch of good skis in that width range. Many will fit you better or worse depending on your size, style. Starting with your own Prior, also ON3P, Moment, PM Gear, and of course among the majors, Blizzard, Kastle, Line, Fischer, and well you get the idea. I'd do a search for reviews, demo. 

post #5 of 12

i skied the s3 for a week in utah this year. it may have been utah's best snow week smile.gif

 

it could go fast and carve surprising well (relatively speaking).  honestly, not bad at all on groomers.

 

i skied the 178.  i think i could have gone longer--and i am used to short eastern skis.  the rocker definitely makes them ski shorter than they are of course.

 

on one powder day, i demoed the s7 for an hour.   wow--no doubt the s7 is better in powder, especially for me--an east coaster.  i should have tried more on the groomers with them.  but i skied with someone who carved them bigtime out there.  he said u just need lots of edge angle.

 

anyway, the s3 was pretty good in powder, but the s7 was way better in powder, i thought.

 

post #6 of 12

I rented the S3 for three days in Tahoe while I was up there for the gathering.  My slim waisted K2 Recons were not cutting it in the deep snow that was falling during the gathering and the demo shop at Northstar recommended the S3.  I liked them enough I looked for them when I stopped at Tahoe Dave's to get skis for the rest of my week out there.  

 

I found the S3 to be a fun ski that did well in the heavy powder and crud of Tahoe and wasn't too bad on the groomers as well.  A wider ski might be better in powder, but I was especially happy with the S3 on the couple of days where we encountered mixed conditions and chopped up crud.  The skis aren't especially fast, but they are manueverable, so perform well in the trees.  I suspect they would also do well in the bumps.  

 

These skis ski short for their size.  My everyday recons are 163 in length and I had no problem with a the S3 in a 178.  In fact, I wouldn't want the S3 in a shorter size.  The 178 seemed perfect.  If I wasn't located on the east coast, I'd seriously consider picking up a second hand pair to add to me ski quiver.  Fun ski, but I think something with a little narrower waist would make a better bump, tree, occasional powder ski for the east coast.

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Originally Posted by Hurk View Post

Looking for some input on the Rossignal S3
I demoed these skis on the weekend and like them overall for the conditions
I live on the west coast of British Columbia and ski the local lower mountains and bigger dumps can be a bit on the heavier side
Has anyone our there used these skis extensively this season and if so what is your overall impression of the ski for a one ski quiver?
My local ski shop has really been pushing this ski for me and pushing me away from the all mountain like the Rossignals experience series and the K2 AMP lineup
Any input would be appreciated


Hi, Hurk.

 

I'll address the S3 versus Experience line for you.  I don't know anything at all about the AMP skis, so I'm no help there.

 

I think that S3 versus Experience depends a lot on HOW you ski and also on the kind of conditions you'll run into the most.  If you're a strong technical skier and especially if you spend more of your time skiing on-piste, the Experience skis are probably the better choice.  They are stronger carving skis than the S3 and they really "light up" when you lay them over on edge on a firm base.

 

If you more often find yourself skiing soft snow and powder, then the S3 is the better choice.  It's an "easy" ski and works really, really well in all kinds of soft-snow conditions like trees and bumps and chutes, etc.  It works surprisingly well on-piste, but most people wouldn't choose it as a primary ski if you spend most of your time on firm snow.  The S3 is just a fun, all-around, not-very-demanding-but-very-good-performance ski.

 

If it helps at all, I ski pretty much every day at Jackson Hole in every kind of snow.  I have a pair of Experience 98's that I use as a powerful, all-conditions ski inbounds (and moderate powder out of bounds).  I was looking for an easy, moderately wide ski to mount with  sidecountry bindings for use as my powder/skinning/lift-served out of bounds ski with an alpine boot.  I tried a bunch of different skis and settled on the S3 because it does so many things so well and so easily.

 

Good luck with the search. 

 

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I have a pair of Experience 98's that I use as a powerful, all-conditions ski inbounds (and moderate powder out of bounds). 

Emergency alert! Apocalypse imminent! Peters admits to using skis wider than 80 mm on piste! eek.gif

post #9 of 12

Don't worry....  Bob was just trying to be more like me.biggrin.gif
 

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Emergency alert! Apocalypse imminent! Peters admits to using skis wider than 80 mm on piste! eek.gif



 

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Emergency alert! Apocalypse imminent! Peters admits to using skis wider than 80 mm on piste! eek.gif


biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

 

I'll admit to it with a caveat...

 

This last week has been very interesting snow.  It's ranged from seriously bulletproof refrozen rutted moguls on Rendezvous Bowl to ankle-deep slush in places on the Lower Faces.  Through all of that, I've been skiing on and off-piste (including several out of bounds runs) on the following skis:

 

Head iGS RD 185, waist width 67mm

 

Head iSL RD 165, waist width 66mm

 

Rossignol World Cup SL Slant Nose Rocker 166, waist width 68mm

 

Rossignol World Cup Masters GS 185, waist width 71mm

 

Head iSuperShape Titan 177, waist width 79mm (just under that magic 80mm number wink.gif)

 

The ski I liked the most for all that weird snow was the Rossi SL.  It was a riot in all those conditions with the possible exception of the boottop-deep slush.

 

I've perhaps touched the fat-ski dark side and peeked over the edge a little, but I haven't sold my soul yet.  

 

The widest ski I own right now is the Rossi Experience 98.  By the way, if someone told me (God forbid!) that I had to get by every day of the season with a single pair of skis, it would be the E98. 

 

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Don't worry....  Bob was just trying to be more like me.biggrin.gif
 



 


You're my hero, tpj.

 

post #12 of 12
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Don't worry....  Bob was just trying to be more like me.biggrin.gif
 



 

 

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You're my hero, tpj.

 

Feel the man love.

 

Jackson Hole: Where the men are men..and they ski Rossignols. 

 

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