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Time to buy the Rossignol S7 or should I try to demo some more

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I was thinking of buying a ski for powder this spring to catch some deals, but was looking for feedback if you all think its too early and really should demo even more skis first. (if there is anymore good demo days this season :-) )

- Current Ski (I will keep)
My current skis are the Atomic Blackeyes and would most likely ski those on hardpack and ice days. I chose these over the Atomic Crimson at the time as I seemed to prefer a softer quicker turning ski with a shorter radius.

- About Me
6' 165Lbs 45 years old. Athletic. Raced in college.

- Typical Skiing
Mid-Week with a flexible schedule so try and go on Powder days. Typically Mt Hood Meadows (OR) Like as steep and deep as I can get it. I prefer a ski with a tight turning radius. I ski pretty tight to the fall-line. I like backcountry and tree skiing (or anywhere there is deeper snow). I don't ski Parks or do any Jumps etc. Don't do a lot of high speed turning with the exception of spring skiing. Depending on the ski I could use the blackeyes then.

-What have I demo'd this week and what were my impressions.

Fischer Watea - It didn't have the fun responsive feel of a rocker ski. Felt much like my current ones but floated better. After skiing this I felt I wanted rise in the tail.

Armada JJ - Loved it in the trees and tight turns on the steep. Seemed to float great and very responsive. On the down side it did not seem to carve as well on the groomed as the Rossignol or Line, and felt a bit jumpy.

Line Mr Pollards Opus - I was surprised at how quick these in initiating turns in the powder as well. Loved it in the trees and steep. Felt a bit heavy or wide on the groomed runs but preferred how it carved on the groomed runs over the JJs.

Rossignol S7 - Was shocked at how well this ski seemed to Carve for me on the groomers even when pushed hard. I did not have the opportunity to try it on ice, but it was exceptional in the soft groom and crud. Loved how it floated and turned in the powder and trees. Did not seem to turn as quick as the Line or JJ but very stable and in control yet still fun and responsive.

Given the above are there any skis that you think might fit what I am looking for that I should yet try and ski this year? Or do we say....sounds like you might be an S7 skier. Thanks for any help!
Edited by imapaine - 3/8/13 at 12:59pm
post #2 of 14
Sounds like you might be an S7 skier. smile.gif I tried em and liked them (but didn't buy - too specialized for the right coast).

People here are liking the Nordica soul rider for a bit more carving capability while still being a quick powder ski. I haven't tried those, unfortunately. My TSTs carve better than the S7s imho, but they are hardly high speed chargers in crud.
post #3 of 14

sounds like you might be an S7 skier.  enjoy.  one of the smartest skis ever made.

post #4 of 14

I have really loved my S7s.  I have always thought they were wider than I needed and never loved the tail on them.  Next year I expect I will be on the new Soul7 as it seems to have specifically addressed these issues.  All of the 7 series have been redesigned using carbon fiber honeycomb material on the ends to reduce swing weight.  This is a significant change and wether it proves to be good, bad, or indifferent, it devalues the current line-up.  I expect that you will be able to find some deals on the "older" style S7.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback all.  I had not really looked at the 2014 line changes, so thanks for that.  So which 2014 ski do you think will be most like the S7.  It looks like there might not be an exact upgrade to the S7

 

The Soul7 dimensions look like they might have tailored it a bit more towards all mountain and the Super7 dimensions are similar to the S7 and with the construction changes will it more similar to the S7 than the Soul7?

 

I still may grab the discounted S7 this year but worth pondering.  Thanks.  

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by imapaine View Post

Thanks for the feedback all.  I had not really looked at the 2014 line changes, so thanks for that.  So which 2014 ski do you think will be most like the S7.  It looks like there might not be an exact upgrade to the S7

 

The Soul7 dimensions look like they might have tailored it a bit more towards all mountain and the Super7 dimensions are similar to the S7 and with the construction changes will it more similar to the S7 than the Soul7?

 

I still may grab the discounted S7 this year but worth pondering.  Thanks.  


These changes in the S7 are incremental, no big shift in the feel, just refinements. I'd buy this one without a doubt in mind. Wood and carbon is pretty sick also. The Super 7 is more like the S7 than the Soul, IMO. same shape, 2 lb heavier per pair.

post #7 of 14

Im sorry OP, and DavLuri, but the S7 is not nearly as good as other skis in it's class. I dont think that's only my opinion either. It's very soft, and you do not need a ski that soft to ski well in powder. You do however need a more rigid ski to rip hardpack well, and you will have more comfort on steeps as well. If your a mediocre skier, the S7 will be fine. If your an expert skier, demo other, similar skis. 

 

If your set on Rossi, get the squad 7. Its a much better ski. 

post #8 of 14

Just to throw another ski on the fire, with emphasis on the deals part...

 

http://bluehouseskis.com/snow-skis/powder-skis/rockered-skis-maestro-173.html

 

I was looking for a 5 dimension ski as well, after demoing a different indy ski that really skied well- thread here.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/118386/help-steer-me-towards-light-5-dimension-skis

 

Just got done with my first day on the Maestro and was very, very impressed. 

 

They were listing some of their stock on Ebay last week, and I grabbed these for $260 shipped.  Haven't seen any come up this week, but at that price, you can probably get your money out of them if you don't like them.

post #9 of 14

I think you can think a ski choice to death.  Try some skis.  Find one you like.  Find a good spring sale.  Ski and be happy.  That's my take anyway.
 

post #10 of 14
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I think you can think a ski choice to death. 
 
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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by SkiSafe View Post

Im sorry OP, and DavLuri, but the S7 is not nearly as good as other skis in it's class. I dont think that's only my opinion either. It's very soft, and you do not need a ski that soft to ski well in powder. 

I think you may be an S7 skier.  I don't believe in "better" or "worse", just different.  I have owned both the S7 & currently the Super7, the difference is negligible.  The Super may be a little less floppy & a bit more stable on the groomers & cut-up stuff.  I would go for whichever you can get a better price on & be happy :). 

 

JF

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by imapaine View Post

I was thinking of buying a ski for powder this spring to catch some deals, but was looking for feedback if you all think its too early and really should demo even more skis first. (if there is anymore good demo days this season :-) )

- Current Ski (I will keep)
My current skis are the Atomic Blackeyes and would most likely ski those on hardpack and ice days. I chose these over the Atomic Crimson at the time as I seemed to prefer a softer quicker turning ski with a shorter radius.

- About Me
6' 165Lbs 45 years old. Athletic. Raced in college.

- Typical Skiing
Mid-Week with a flexible schedule so try and go on Powder days. Typically Mt Hood Meadows (OR) Like as steep and deep as I can get it. I prefer a ski with a tight turning radius. I ski pretty tight to the fall-line. I like backcountry and tree skiing (or anywhere there is deeper snow). I don't ski Parks or do any Jumps etc. Don't do a lot of high speed turning with the exception of spring skiing. Depending on the ski I could use the blackeyes then.

Rossignol S7 - Was shocked at how well this ski seemed to Carve for me on the groomers even when pushed hard. I did not have the opportunity to try it on ice, but it was exceptional in the soft groom and crud. Loved how it floated and turned in the powder and trees. Did not seem to turn as quick as the Line or JJ but very stable and in control yet still fun and responsive.

Given the above are there any skis that you think might fit what I am looking for that I should yet try and ski this year? Or do we say....sounds like you might be an S7 skier. Thanks for any help!

FWIW, i wouldn't want to ski an S7 on groomers as it is way too soft...but I am 40 pounds heavier than you and I'm not sure how "hard" a goroomer you are talking about.

 

Regardless, the S7 sounds perfect for the actual skiing you are planning to use them on.

post #13 of 14

Have you tried the Rossi Sickle (aka S6)?

post #14 of 14

Have you tried the DPS Wailer? Many who have tried both, me included, feel that the DPS is what the S7 should have been. I found the DPS to be much more fun than either the S7 or the Super 7.

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