Product: Rossignol Hero ST TI
Length Tested: 165cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 122,68,104 12.5m
Camber (select one, delete the rest): Early Rise Tip w/ camber,
Binding: System Binding
Mount point: boot center
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Sunday River
Number of Runs: Two days of skiing
Snow Conditions: Firm....New England firm.
Demo or Own: Demo...now own
Username: peterk123 or just Pete
Ski Days/Season: 55
Years Skiing: A lot
Aggressiveness: No idea, but I suppose I fall on the aggressive side.
Current Quiver: Watea 98 in tele 180cm, Rev 105 181cm, Fischer RC GS 180cm, and the ski I am rating
Home Area: Sunday River Maine
Preferred Terrain (select one/all, delete the rest): race course, groomers, bumps, off-piste, trees
I have mooched so much info off of this site that I feel obligated to give back somehow, so here it goes.
I have never, ever skied a slalom type ski and certainly never skied anything as short as this. I would be on 190cm skis if the trails around here were wider, but I typically settle on stuff in the 180cm range as a compromise. Anyway.......I originally borrowed a friends race stock volkl p60s in a 165cm so I could work on getting in more turns. Even though the ski was a total ass kicker and wanted to launch me into the next trail, I had the time of my life and found a new appreciation for groomers. So I decided to try a non race/fis slalom ski. Enter the Hero ST TI.
To summarize in just one simple statement; that is a freakin' fun ski. Certainly toned down considerably from the P60. I am glad I took it for the day because it took some time for me to understand that it was quite a bit different. Super edge grip, and plenty feedback when I tipped my skis properly and cranked a turn. Nice rebound but without the fear of being launched into another hemisphere. And that was the main difference when compared to the race ski. It did not want to squirt from under me if I got behind a bit at the end of the turn, and it did not launch me too bad if I bent the ski and didn't have the balance just right. Basically, it forgave me for my sloppy form. Perfect, that was what I was looking for.
I demoed a Head Rally a month earlier. I really liked that ski and originally it was on my radar. I am glad I waited. I believe that the Hero is quite a bit stiffer, has better rebound and feedback. Much more exciting to ski on groomers. The Hero is not a soft ski, and if you are able to put some additional bend into it, the ski will pop you into the next turn quite nicely. But, if you need to relax just a little, it allows for that as well.
I don't know what ski it could be compared to, probably other cheater slaloms. Unfortunately, or fortunately, it was my only choice and I really enjoyed it. Now I own it.
I need to get it into some softer snow and small bumps, just to see how manageable it is to ski. I will report back and add to this commentary when I do. Not that it matters, since that is not what it was intended for, but it will be fun to try.
So, my two daily drivers now are the Head Rev 105 (which I love) and the Hero ST TI (which I love). Talk about covering both ends of the spectrum. I have it all covered :)
Oh, for all you wide ski people out there (anything over 80mm) and I am one of them........you have no idea what you are missing by not having a slalom ski in your arsenal. I am not talking about the 84mm carvers, not even close. Get under 70mm and let it rip. You will double or triple your time on the slopes, especially in New England. All of a sudden those conditions that used to suck, well they become a hell of a lot of fun.