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Rossignol Savory 7, Rossignol Star 7, Armada VJJ or Volkl Kiku?!

Poll Results: Which ski?

 
  • 66% (2)
    Rossi Savory 7
  • 0% (0)
    Rossi Star 7
  • 33% (1)
    Armada VJJ
  • 0% (0)
    Volkl Kiku
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi guys :)

 

I am heading out to St Anton, Austria for the season and I'm looking to buy a new pair of skis. I'd like some advice because chances are I won't get to demo before I buy, and it will be my only ski. I'm currently looking at:

- Rossi Soul/Savory 7

- Rossi Super/Star 7

- Armada JJ/VJJ

- Volkl Kiku

 

Last year I skied a pair of 165 Rossi B80s, which I hated. Considering they were classed as an 'all-mountain' ski, they sank at the first sniff of snow and weren't particularly great in any other condition either. I'm terrified of investing in another crappy all-mountain ski.

 

I guess I'm looking for the 'holy grail' here, in that I want a playful ski that will float on pow but also grip on groomers. I'd class myself as as advanced skier on-piste (I'm fast, but being self-taught I lack technique). As I don't find the piste at all challenging, this season I'm looking to explore more backcountry/improve my powder skiing when snowfall allows. I'm really looking for a ski that will help me progress. I plan to ski 3/4 days per week for the whole season.

 

To give you an idea of my preferences last year I demo-ed:

- K2 Hellbents - loved the surfy and playful feel in pow, didn't mind the width

- Whitedot Preacher - hated. Heavy, hard work, not playful, sank in pow (?!)

- K2 MissBehaved - hated. Heavy, not at all playful.

- Rossi S7w - loved, loved, loved. Was planning to buy these at the end of last season but was waiting for this season's graphics (bad reason to hold off, I know), but now they've completely re-designed the 7 range.

 

How do the Savory 7/Star 7 ski in comparison to last year's S7? Do they feel similar or totally different?

 

Also, as I'm a 5' 9" female, ~140lb, what length would suit me? I'd be more than happy to go longer than 165. The B80s felt pretty bloomin' short.

 

Thanks :) 

post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by hollydee View Post
 

How do the Savory 7/Star 7 ski in comparison to last year's S7? Do they feel similar or totally different?

 

Totally better! The old S7 was a bit dated, a great ski in it's time, but the Soul is a much better ski.

post #3 of 9

Hi - Welcome to Epic! I owned the old S7, have not skied the new 7's, but every review in the universe seems to think they're measurably better. My wife, who's about your size and weight, has the old S7w, loves em', but I see a pair of Savory's under the tree for her. I'm thinking the 178's for her. Same for you. Still lot of rocker on these. 

post #4 of 9

I have the VJJ's and like them a lot.  They will carve like a mother once you get them on edge.  One hint.  You need to ignore the length on groom.  On groom they are like skiing a very short ski.  I think mine are 170.  From contact to contact they are only 100!  They will carve a 12m turn just fine.  Funny thing is they came with a very deep grind good for wet snow maybe.  I had to really knock down the grind to get them to "roll".

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

Hi - Welcome to Epic! I owned the old S7, have not skied the new 7's, but every review in the universe seems to think they're measurably better. My wife, who's about your size and weight, has the old S7w, loves em', but I see a pair of Savory's under the tree for her. I'm thinking the 178's for her. Same for you. Still lot of rocker on these. 

 

I don't think you need to ski them as big as the S7. I demoed the 180 (never tried the 188) and I'd be happy with the 180 at 6' and 200 lbs.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
 My wife, who's about your size and weight, has the old S7w, loves em', but I see a pair of Savory's under the tree for her. I'm thinking the 178's for her. Same for you. Still lot of rocker on these. 

 

Thanks for the advice! I demoed the 178 S7 and thought the length was fine - a little short if anything. I was tempted to size up but after Epic's post I'll stay shorter :)

 

Think it's between the Savory 7 and Star 7 now. Savory seems to be the more popular ski, but big is beautiful... I know the Savory will be more versatile but does anyone know if the two really feel that much different to ski? Is the Star much more difficult on groomers?

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
 

 

I don't think you need to ski them as big as the S7. I demoed the 180 (never tried the 188) and I'd be happy with the 180 at 6' and 200 lbs.

Interesting. You think the Supers are beefier than the Souls, like the old ones were versus the S7 (Which is why I assumed go long), or the opposite? (I've heard a few people say that the Souls are quite a bit stiffer.) Which is why I assumed go long. If you like the 180 Soul, she might want the 170 Savory, then.

post #8 of 9

I haven't tried or even touched a Super, so I wouldn't really want to try and guess.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
 

 

Totally better! The old S7 was a bit dated, a great ski in it's time, but the Soul is a much better ski.

Epic pretty much nailed this description. 

Hope you're having a great season in St Anton. 

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