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Big Guy Problem - 188 S7 or 195 Super7

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey, I'm kind of at a loss here.  I've never had rocker-ish skis before and need some help sizing.  I'm 6'6" 250lbs and expert level skier.

 

 I've been "gifted" a pair of Rossi S7's in 188cm for some work that I've done.  I'm debating returning those and asking for a pair of Super 7's in 195.  Returning would be a bit of a hassle but might be worth it.  I'm currently on a pair of 2010 Scott P4's 191cm and I love them.  Supposedly the Super7's are stiffer, which I think I might prefer.  

 

What do you guys think?  I'm afraid that my size might make the S7's feel a lot floppier on piste.  

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 13

The 195 Super for sure. 

post #3 of 13

supers.. <end thread>

 

post #4 of 13

195s no doubt. You might want to look at some stiffer skis as well, the Super7 are not all that stiff.

post #5 of 13

198 Volkl Katana's lol.
 

post #6 of 13

For an expert your size something stiffer than the Super 7 would be wise. If you are set on Rossignol check out the new Rossi Squad 7. Don't be intimidated by the 'Squad' name as it's not related to the 'old point and shoot' Squad. Here's a review comparing the 7, Super 7 and new Squad 7

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2nd-look-rossignol-squad-7

post #7 of 13

I would agree with the above posts, I am your size and demoed a S7 in 178 (the longest size they had) and all it did was slide and felt very, very loose leaving me little control. I was able to get it on edge and carve turns but I never would have considered buy that size. A big guy ski shop friend says it is too soft for me, not sure about the Super 7 though. He said the same applied to the Armada AK JJ (in 195).

 

I ski a Praxis Powder Board in 200 and a Ski Logik Depth Hoar in 192 (the only size they make) and they the best powder skis I have skied. You did not make clear if you are looking for a every day ski or powder skis. For guys our size there is no such 1 ski quiver for all conditions, I ski race skis on groomer days, my every day board is Ski Logik Ullr's Chariot 100 under foot, 128 for the days after a storm and 140 for storm days. For me the fat skis were a game changer off piste.

post #8 of 13
There is nothing "super" about the Super 7. See if you can get ahold of a squad 7.
post #9 of 13

^^^^ What he said, sorta. At your size, the Squad 7 if they have it, although I've heard that the 195 Super 7 is disproportionally stiffer, so it should work also. Or if the store has other choices you can swap for, there are a lot of other nice typical store skis out there for big guys if you are truly an expert skier. You might look for the Atomic Atlas, the Nordica Girish, or the Blizzard Bodacious, for instance. 

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the help.

 

I'm definitely not stuck on Rossignol. I'm looking for something stiff like my Scott P4's that are a little wider underfoot and have a little better turn-in for tree skiing.  My budget is around $450, so we can't go crazy, but it being the end of the season, I hope something pops up.  I liked the writeups about the Super 7's being big, but skiing short, which would be great in the trees.  That said, I don't need them flopping all over the place at speed.  

 

The new skis will be used at Wolf Creek and Taos, so trees and steeps.   I'm hoping these skis will handle light snow, to big powder days.  I'll keep the punishers around for groomers and crud.  

post #11 of 13

I work with a guy a couple inches shorter than you but he's about your weight and an expert skier. He got the 195 Super S7s for skiing the Bridger and loves them. The terrain he skis is mainly steeps and trees, also.

post #12 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by wookee View Post

Thanks for all the help.

 

I'm definitely not stuck on Rossignol. I'm looking for something stiff like my Scott P4's that are a little wider underfoot and have a little better turn-in for tree skiing.  My budget is around $450, so we can't go crazy, but it being the end of the season, I hope something pops up.  I liked the writeups about the Super 7's being big, but skiing short, which would be great in the trees.  That said, I don't need them flopping all over the place at speed.  

 

The new skis will be used at Wolf Creek and Taos, so trees and steeps.   I'm hoping these skis will handle light snow, to big powder days.  I'll keep the punishers around for groomers and crud.  

 

I don't weigh as much as you but I skied the 195cm Super7 a lot this past winter at Jackson Hole.  I'm 6'1", 195# and a fairly strong skier.  I love all kinds of conditions - INCLUDING hard groomers.  

 

It's a very interesting ski, as I don't particularly care for big wide skis (and personally I consider that a big, wide ski) but I love the Super7.  I felt I could ski it very easily in tight quarters like trees and chutes and crappy conditions, but out in the open it would REALLY rip.  Things like two and a half turns down the length of Rendezvous Bowl.  I felt very comfortable on it in any terrain and conditions, including groomers getting back to the base of the hill.  I wouldn't intentionally choose the Super7 as a hard-snow carving ski, but it handles those conditions well enough to not be scary - which is what I think a lot of seriously rockered skis are on groomers.

 

All in all, I loved the ski and I feel it's a very good all-around soft-snow ski for a bigger, more advanced skier.

post #13 of 13

Not even a question...195. Remember Rossis measure short. That 188 is really only like 185ish. Same goes for the 195, probably more like 192.

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