Wanted to see if anyone else is experiencing this issue. It has been occurring on a few pair of Rossignol skis.
My son races for his varsity High School team in Michigan (so we are not talking FIS World Cup here just competitive ski racing at the high school level).
With over 20 racers on the team (my son is the only one using Rossignol) not ONE other skier has experienced ski tip issues with their Fischers, Atomics, Volkls -and they are now teasing him abotu the issues we have had with these skis like "dude, your skis suck, why did your Dad buy you such terrible skis...". I purchased these because I have always owned and respected Rossignol since my days racing and they had seemingly good reviews.
I purchased Rossignol 9SL World Cup skis in 2011. After a few days use the tips came flying off after contact with the gate (we are not talking major impact - just the standard contact that happens in ski racing). I tried every possible solution multiple times from gluing (spending $$$ on different glues, epoxies which never worked). to tightening and everything else in between - nothing worked and the tips would come off as soon as we tried skiing again. It seems to me the design was flawed as when the tip came off it would take some of the ski material with the notch part of the ski (that held the tip on) with it, you could never get it to hold well again. This design has been changed on the newer model.
I contacted the dealer where I purchased the skis and they suggested we try gluing (already done, didn't work) and then installing replacement tips. When replacement tips finally came, they were for the wrong model ski...argh... .
After much frustration with these skis and many attempts to get the tips to stay on, I finally contacted Rossignol and they were very helpful and agreed to replace the skis. Problem solved right???? Not so fast....
After receiving the newer model of the 9SL skis and assuming they had fixed the design issues with the older model tips, my son was eager to use them and get past the constant "broken ski syndrome that these skis were giving him" (tips missing, etc). For racers, the last thing you need to be thinking about is whether your skis will break or not.
After the first day of practice, my son showed me where one of the new ski tips was bowed upward after making contact with a gate. I thought it must be ok since Rossignol must know what they are doing maybe they are designed to take a slight impact. I was wrong... two races later my son brings home a mangled ski tip which was ripped off of his ski the next gate he contacted. I taped up the tip of the ski with duct tape - so now he has a brand new ski with one tip missing and duct tape to boot.. I contacted Rossignol again and they said they didn't have replacement tips for this ski and the ski wasn't made for that level of racing and we should consider a different ski....!!! Whaaaaat!!!! .. the description of this ski reads:
"The Radical 9SL Slant Nose Ti is a full-throttle, fall line slalom ski for technical and race league skiers. World Cup sandwich construction, Oversize technology and Power Turn Rocker combine for a powerful and agile short turn radius ripper. Power Turn Rocker delivers faster turn initiation for more aggressive lines, while Slant Nose asymmetrical tips improve swing weight to put the ski on edge even faster. The 9SL is a full-on uber-carve tool with a ton of energy and snap for precise, short turn arching. " I would consider High School racers to be "technical and race league skiers".... In fact, the ski shop I bought the original pair at said this would be a better ski because it was NON-FIS and would favor a skier at this level.
They obviously have a durability issue with this ski.
Fast forward to regional ski meet, and my son is taking his slalom run when his binding (the whole binding) comes completely out of the skis the screws/plate (thank god he wasn't hurt in the resulting crash). Obviously he was disqualified from the race and lost his position for his team and the team result suffered. A bad result and something I have NEVER seen happen before on any ski. Upon inspection, I discovered the binding screws had pulled right out of the plates (where binding mounts to). The screw holes are made of plastic and apparently gave way under pressure? The binding came right out of the ski before the bindings had a chance to release. It was not even on a fall..just in the middle of the run. So another frustration.
I contacted Rossignol again and they quickly sent new plates. This time the plates had metal threads where the binding screws attached and I remounted the bindings and they seem very secure. So I was finally happy thinking after two seasons of gluing and worrying about these skis..we were home free and could get through the season and compete at states with skis that just worked. We would just deal with the now missing tip as this was getting silly going back and forth with Rossignol. Until....... The second tip came off today and now both skis are broken....
I will take Rossignol up on their suggestion of addressing it post season (and they have been helpful as much as they could) but it is really too bad we have experienced so many problems with the durability of these skis (we really take good care of them). the biggest frustration is my sons last season of ski racing coming to a close and going to compete for state championships and has to consistently worry about his skis wondering what will break next and if they are secure.
Just wondering if others have experienced issues like this and how the ski company handled it. I was really wanting to like these skis and feel I took a chance on Rossignol when everybody else was saying "why are you buying Rossignol..why don't you buy Fischers?".. (actually he owns Atomics Redsters for GS and those are rock solid). So not only is it frustrating to have to go through this but I thought we would be showing other racers how good the Rossignols were ...now I feel sort of like a foolish for not sticking with what everybody suggested. I will update this thread when I find out how Rossignol handles this ongoing issue.