With that in mind, I'm trying to choose between the 178 and 188 Rossi S7. I currently ski a pair of atomic snoops in 176. I understand the S7 skis shorter, but I'm not sure how the 178 and 188 compare.
Thanks upfront for your help
188. The S7 skis very short (as well as measuring short). The 188 will be great for tight spaces. The shape of the S7 is designed to be super nimble compared to a traditional ski like your snoops. I don't think you would have nearly as much fun on the 178, as the 188 will give you more stability.
Yeah, actually the 10/11 version comes in 178. And I agree with everyone, get the 188.
just look at the effctive running length, don't think of the total length in traditional terms, rockered skis are a new game so don't be concerned, the 176 (178) is just way too short. If you can go see a pair, place one on the ground and take at the amount of tip/tail that actaully makee contact with the floor, although more of the ski will make contct in soft snow, you'll get the point. factor in flex, and you will see that a longer lenght is where you want to be! Go get em'
I skied the 176 and the 188 last season and loved the S7! The 176 was really fun, but obviously too short for me. I was very glad it was a demo and not a purchase. Even the 188 felt like it could have easily been longer and I have been enjoying skiing on shorter skis for the last few years. I'm pretty sure that I will be on a pair of 188s next season although I did tell my shop guy that the longer length would be OK. I was told that the longer length has an extra sheet of metal and is a bit of a different ski than the 176 or the 188. I guess I'll find out this fall what was ordered for me. I agree with Bushwhacker, get the 188 or longer for Squaw. Have fun!
Just re-inforcing what has been said above so that the full impact is absorbed. Many people who bought the S7 in the same length as their traditional powder skis were disappointed and were now thinking one size up. I believe the issue was stability at speed, as few people are willing to completely change their way of skiing, even though all the smearing and slarving is fun.
The 195 S7 is different. It's a combination of relatively subtle differences (more metal, stiffer flex, slightly different shape) that makes for a very different animal, it feels more substantial, beefier, less nimble, more planted... different. If you want an S7 for it's super quick, nimble, slashy feel then the Super7 is probably the wrong ski. If, on the other hand, you try the 188cm and think: "I'd probably like this more if it was more stable at speed and felt burlier in cut-up"... well, then the 195cm 'Super7' might be the ski for you.
If you really like the 188cm and think: "I love this and probably wouldn't mind it slightly longer", that isn't the Super7.