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Blast from the past: Rossignol Stratoflex

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of these hanging in my garage. I remember buying them from a friend for $25 over 10 years ago. I put new bindings on them (I think they had "bear trap" bindings when he pulled them out of his garage), and I skied on them for a few years. This season, after having been out of skiing for some time, I bought a pair of Atomic Supercross skis w/integrated bindings, and I love them! I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about the Stratoflex skis, even though I'm not planning on using them any more.

When were these skis produced?
What kind of materials were they made of?
Any other information?

Thanks,
Ken
post #2 of 14
Are these the brown ones? If so, they would have been from the (very) early 70's.

If they were Silver w/ red and blue stripes, they are mid to late 70's variations.

They were wood core skis and were part of Rossignols upper end lineup.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Mine are orange, with blue bases.

I could probably ski on them if I really wanted to, but last year I rented shaped skis every time I went out and I had no desire to ski on old straight skis any more. I figure that I can use them to practice tuning the edges.
post #4 of 14
The original Stratos were from 1964 and between 1966 and 1972 they took lots of medals (e.g. Nancy Greene, if I remember right), then followed by Rossignol ST (SL) and SM (GS-ski) which dominated the 1976 Olympics.
Skis called Strato remained in the collection for many more years, I think even for 30 or so though they were just some recreational models Made in Spain later.
Thus, IMO, Stratoflex could be a ski from a very long time span.
post #5 of 14
Posted by Checkracer
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The original Stratos were from 1964 and between 1966 and 1972 they took lots of medals (e.g. Nancy Greene, if I remember right), then followed by Rossignol ST (SL) and SM (GS-ski) which dominated the 1976 Olympics.

Checkracer, if I remember correctly weren't the ROC550 (GS) and the ST650 the skis that replaced the Stratos as the race skis circa 1971. The SM was the next evolution of the GS ski.
post #6 of 14
Hi ScotsSkier,
my fault and yours perfect memory, thanks.
I would have been wiser and preciser if I had found my Rossi Anniversary booklet with all the info contained.
I´m usually pretty accurate. It´a warning for me . And it´s the age :.
Thanks again!
post #7 of 14
Back to this ski, sounds like it is an early 70 version. I am guessing 73ish.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Oops! I didn't subscribe to this thread so I didn't know there were so many responses. Thanks for the info.

I'm off to either Liberty or Whitetail tomorrow (haven't decided where, I live halfway between them) with both my Atomic SX7 180's and my 99cm Fischer skiboards.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
Posted by Checkracer


Checkracer, if I remember correctly weren't the ROC550 (GS) and the ST650 the skis that replaced the Stratos as the race skis circa 1971. The SM was the next evolution of the GS ski.
The Strato was still available after the ROC and ST came out. It was more a combi ski at that point.
post #10 of 14
Good point Steve, as I recall it still sold well because the reputation had been built up and it was almost an aspirational purchase, a bit like the Kastle CPM 70 a few tears before
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
Good point Steve, as I recall it still sold well because the reputation had been built up and it was almost an aspirational purchase, a bit like the Kastle CPM 70 a few tears before
More like an "all mountain" ski at that point. Not as specialized as the ST (slalom) or the ROC (GS). It was a "one-ski quiver". I had the STs since I was racing slalom exclusively (ain't no such thing as GS in southern Michigan!). I had friends with the Strato, but they weren't "serious" racers. Also, I seem to remember a number of adults on them for more "all around" use.
post #12 of 14
No argument Steve. In terms of aspirational I was thinking of the "wannabee" or "lookalike" racer who couldn't quite spring for the Roc or ST. I wasn't into racing at the time but things used to be simple then, the race ski was seen as the top of the line for whatever purpose you used them.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
No argument Steve. In terms of aspirational I was thinking of the "wannabee" or "lookalike" racer who couldn't quite spring for the Roc or ST. I wasn't into racing at the time but things used to be simple then, the race ski was seen as the top of the line for whatever purpose you used them.
Could be. Makes sense. I always liked the way that the Stratos looked better than the ROC or ST, but the "cool" was to be on those two. My STs (mounted with Looks) were the "thing" on my team. My coach was a Rossi/Look/Lange guy (and a real jerk--the guy who said "If you fall, you deserve to break your leg." : ), so that was what many of us had.
post #14 of 14
On this line, I bought a used pair of Rossi ST-R's in the mid 70's. They had radically more edge hold than the ST Comps that we sold in the shop I worked in. They looked just like the comp, but someone told me that had an Omego core like Dynastar, hence the improved edgegrip (torisonally more ridgid). Any of you old timers know anything about that ski? I loved tham. LewBob
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