Product: Rossignol Super 7s
Length Tested: 172cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 19m
Binding: Rossignol Axial3 120
Mount point: Boot Center (0)
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Hermon, Maine
Number of Runs: 20ish (4 Hours)
Snow Conditions: Cold February day (+5 Fahrenheit), hard groomer, crud, a little bit of powder here and there.
Ski Days/Season: 10+/-
Years Skiing: 18
Skier Level: Advanced
A Little Background:
This is my first post as a member of the forum. I want to thank all the reviews I was able to find of skis as they helped me with my overall purchase. I couldn’t find a review of this ski in the 172 length so I decided to write my own.
I started the season with a pair of skis that I have had for a few years, they were a generic park and pipe ski from a small company (9thward) and they didn’t fit my ski style anymore. As a kid I was a freestyle skier who thought I owned the mountain and so twin tips fit me quite well. After going through college and doing some considerable growing up I transitioned to a skier who really likes a lot of skiing styles. I now enjoy hard and soft groomer, powder, glades, backcountry. I usually just stay out of the terrain park as it is no longer my scene.
About a week ago I was taking a run on these twin tips on a double black diamond run. I came to a small cliff (6-8 foot drop). I took the cliff and on the landing I managed to find a considerable sized rock and as we all know skis and rocks typically don’t agree. I ejected the right ski and managed to delaminate the top sheet in one spot, but the left ski managed to snap just forward of the front binding through the wood and so now it’s just the edge holding the ski together.
I came home and started surfing the web for some new skis and came to the Rossignol Soul 7s and Super 7s. I figured either of those skis fit my new skiing style pretty well, I was just hesitant that the Supers would be too wide for East Coast skiing. I found a killer deal on eBay for a set of 172 cm Super 7s with bindings already mounted, so I pulled the trigger even though I had never demoed them so I really just took a risk, and it paid off.
I skied on Hermon Mountain which is just a small town local ski hill with roughly 12 trails. It only has a 2 person chairlift. So I can’t say I skied Jackson hole with these and really pushed them to their full potential, but the purpose of this review is to help a small town skier who doesn’t crush huge mountains. Maine has recently gotten 85” of fresh snow in the past 3 weeks, so skiing conditions are excellent.
Before I bought the skis I tried to find someone who skied these in the 172cm length and it seems like everyone likes the 180/188. But for me I really like the 172. They reach my upper forehead and to me that is perfect, even for powder. So the reason I’m writing this review is so that hopefully it can help some potential buyer with their decision.
I started the day off on hard groomers. The Super 7s were crazy awesome. I was blown away at how awesome they hold an edge. That was my only fear when I bought them was that they were going to be like pontoons on my feet (which they are BTW) but they can carve up groomers like nothing. I cannot describe how easy it was to hold a great edge and just carve all day. Groomer Grade: surprising A
On the sides of trails was a lot of crud. I hope I’m using that term correctly. I’ve never been familiar with snow condition terms other than groomed or powder. But it was old powder that people tore up and it now sits as a mix of hard, crappy, self made moguls with tiny bits of untouched powder mixed in. That sounds like crud to me. Let me know if I am incorrect, please! These skis were pretty bouncy in these conditions but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. These skis are pretty lively when the conditions are crud. The tips liked to bounce but I still felt in solid control. It had good turning ability regardless of being a tad bouncy. I would like to get some good glades skiing in to see how these skis do. Crud Grade: Solid B
I didn’t get a great deal of powder skiing in today because fresh snow has already been taken. It will probably need to wait until I get to go to a big mountain like Sugarloaf/Sunday River in the next couple of weeks. From what I did ski though the Super 7s went instantly into flotation mode. The tips rose up with minimal leaning and it really did feel effortless. I know these skis are built for true powder and I really didn’t do them justice with the lack of powder that I had available. So It just doesn’t seem right for me to grade them on that aspect.
Overall I love the ski. If you are on the fence with this ski like I was, I would recommend buying them anyway if you’ve never skied them. They are the best ski I have ever owned and they can go anywhere. The width didn’t hinder my abilities in any way when I was carving the groomers, I had a blast all day long. Obviously if you have the ability to demo the ski, do it. But in my situation the local ski mountain doesn’t demo anything and so I was really just flying blind.
The Rossignol Super 7 is a phenomenal ski and I am not afraid to take it anywhere on the mountain. I highly recommend it. If you have any questions please let me know.
P.S. – Thanks to Deliberate1 for giving a great review on the Soul 7 and providing a template with my review.