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Rossi S7

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Anybody skied it yet?
post #2 of 20
The Rossi demo van was at my area over the weekend and I wanted to ski the new CS 70 but didn't because you had to go register to demo up at the ski shop etc, etc and it was kind of a PITA. But it sure looks like Rossi is back with some very good skis. I saw their boots in a shop and liked them too.
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Anybody skied it yet?
I have one loosely attached to my quiver but no reasonable opportunity yet to ski it.

SJ
post #4 of 20
Rossignol has always made good skis in my opinion. They have been one of the most reliable manufacturers out there over the years and their warranty consistant as well. But for some reason, their boots just don't feel good to me. Just my feet I guess.

I'm dying to demo this ski as well. My Dirtybirds still got some life in em but from what i've read about the S7, I probably would own one.
post #5 of 20
I looked a pair over in a shop yesterday. It appears Rossi made a rocker hybrid ski. Its a rocker but the middle of the ski is flat with a normal sidecut so you could at least do some carving on groomers. I'm still not sold on rocker skis being anything but a one-trick pony limited to really deep powder.
post #6 of 20
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I...snip. I'm still not sold on rocker skis being anything but a one-trick pony limited to really deep powder.
oh, yeah! when the action is hot and heavy, the whole gang is maching for the face, being able to skate like you're runnin' from the law and traverse a high line at speed, ahhhh, then you know that long, strong edge is the kine'.
post #7 of 20
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. I'm still not sold on rocker skis being anything but a one-trick pony limited to really deep powder.
Take a spin on the 186 Lhasa Pow. Even though you are located in MT, you can still demo them direct through wasatchpowderskis.com I've spent the past few years on a number of rockered or reverse camber type skis and have found that the new generation of rockered skis with traditional-to-flat-camber underfoot and some degree of sidecut are VERY versatile. Seriously, try a pair a few days after a storm in the cut-up crud and let us know what you think. Or better yet get them out on a rapidly warming day when the top half of the mountain is more wintery and the bottom is more manky.

I haven't tried the Rossi S7 yet myself but it looks like a good shape to me. Rumors are already swirling about a longer version in the mid-190's next year dubbed the Super7 (or something like that).
post #8 of 20
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Even though you are located in MT, you can still demo them direct through wasatchpowderskis.com
wasatchpowderskis.com is a rather spendy way to demo especially since its a gamble the conditions will be right to truly test them. I probably will take the S7 out for a spin sometime to see if things have progressed with rocker skis. I probably still won't be sold on them except for limited use due to the fact I ski lots of steep terrain and that terrain tends to get heavily moguled. I like a ski I can engage it's tip quickly in a turn in steep terrain & I can't do that with rocker skis or skis with reverse camber tips like the Public Enemies or Pocket Rockets. (I do have a pair of Pocket Rockets that I love in powder but absolutely hate when the steep terrain is packed out.)
post #9 of 20
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Anybody skied it yet?
sage has

he likes them better than steeze/raven but that all I got out of him. didnt say why or how though but then again he was baked.
post #10 of 20
FWIIW, the S7 really reminds me of a Zag ski- similar idea of blending a powder skis tips and tails with the conventional ski-sidecut midsection. I had a chance to try a Zag in the spring conditions in backcountry a couple years ago and I was very impressed. I don;t know how the S7 compares to Zag though. My expectation is that this big floppy tip would be fairly bothersome on hard snow.
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I am pretty sure there are reviews on TGR...
post #12 of 20
The maven is a similar shape and it is the most fun ski I have ever ridden in all soft snow conditions. Super maneuverable yet stable. I imagine the S7 is quite along those lines.

Traditionalists need to take a ride on some new designs. I have never imagined skiing the way I do now.

Firm snow is the only snow I consider traditional camber and sidecut to be relative.
post #13 of 20
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What is the Maven? Never heard of it.
post #14 of 20
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What is the Maven? Never heard of it.
ski from bluehouse



Dimensions: 154/139/151mm

With a belt-busting waist: 139mm, and its rockered tip and tail: zero camber, you’ll have no problem floating in the deep and switching any landing. Simply put, no feature is too big, too bent, too abysmal anymore. The Mavens were designed to hit that…and by “that” I mean whatever will make your crew get loud. MSRP $624

lot of these on sale on TGR brand spanken new for less than 400 dollars.
post #15 of 20
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The maven is a similar shape and it is the most fun ski I have ever ridden in all soft snow conditions. Super maneuverable yet stable. I imagine the S7 is quite along those lines.

Traditionalists need to take a ride on some new designs. I have never imagined skiing the way I do now.

Firm snow is the only snow I consider traditional camber and sidecut to be relative.
with comment like this I really want to reverse my thugs
post #16 of 20
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I don't see myself ever buying a Bluehouse ski. The ones I've seen were pretty unimpressive.
post #17 of 20
Fair enough. BH is only in their second year.

Conversely, I'm very impressed. People are selling them because of mounting errors, imo. I won't say there aren't better skis out there... but when it comes to these shapes, it's almost hard to go wrong with any of them.

I'm a Volkl traditionalist myself... but this year's Maven has blown me away so far.
post #18 of 20
Epic,
Erme loves his (sidewall issue and all), so does Pat T... but they ski different than you.

I don't think you are going to really like any of the funshape skis, it's a matter of style and you have a very centered stance and roll the ski onto edge engaging the shovel to bend the ski. Even when you are in soft snow in tight woods, you always look like you are skiing on groomers (meaning you always use the same technique, not a bad thing at all...) I think you'll always feel that the ski is slid-i-n-g out from under you, which it is. That's the point, they want to pivot and smear, I don't think it will mesh well with your style.
post #19 of 20
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Guess what I demoed today.

Yep, I ran into one of Whiteroom's Rossi friends and got a pair of 09/10 S7s for a couple of runs. I wish I could have skied them yesterday or the day before, but I tried my best to give them a fair shot. Being tat they were brand new demos and the base is still not very deep I had to restrain myself in order to return them intact. For anyone that knows Stowe, I "skated" over to the Quad and skied Liftline to S-53. Snow was thin and puckerbrush was thick. I had to try a little harder to find some snow. Went up the Gondi to the Kitchen Wall where I found a few decent turns then I worked my way through the woods over to National where I skied some bumps and then finally made some GS turns down to the bottom. The ski actually carved pretty well, It was hard to judge it's powder performance because I just couldn't get much, but when I did you could feel the rest of the ski start to work. The one I skied was a 188 mounted on the line. There are lines for -3, +3 and +6. Next year they are offering this years sizes plus two skis in 196(?) one with metal and one without.

I think I might buy a pair so I can really test them out. I think I'll try mounting them at +3.
post #20 of 20
I recently tried a pair at snowbird. I was very impressed. What really was surprising is that it was only m 2nd-3rd day out this season and i took all of 08 off!

Im not technical enough to know where they were mounted but i will say that a day after a dump, these things just glided and sliced over and everything. This i mean in a good way not in a blunderbuss way.

Personally i was scared to death to use them being im under conditioned to say the least ( can you say middle aged semi gaper on the alta high traverse). Two runs and it was all smiles.

I was also concerned given the size of these things. But really was so much fun. While i am certainly out of shape the only downside felt was they felt a bit heavy. I don't know the weight but they are big!!

Interestingly, i was able to open then up on the groomers and was able to "carve" at good speed with no problem.

With that said, IMHO i cant see how or why this would be an east coast ski. Taking it on the hard stuff is not something i would do.

the other thing that was pretty cool, is even at the bird, folks were stopping me left and right to ask about this ski. I say try them....
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