Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
To all my reviews
Is there a replacement for this ski?
This is my fourth season on this five star pow ski, with over 200 sessions in the Vail, Colorado area. It is mounted at the factory 0 traditional position, with Marker Griffon bindings. It is tuned with .5 degree bottom, and 2 degree side angles (skis like factory tune), instead of the company recommended 1 and 1. I do not detune these skis, due to their short running length.
I am on my second set, with a third blank waiting under my bed. First year graphics were the best!
Make no comparison between this ski and Rossignols current Super 7, or Soul 7, with their no metal-super light weight, springy construction. Please read my review of the Soul 7, that was in my personal inventory for several months last season.
Heavy, damp, stable and agile
The 2011-13 Super 7 is out of production, but you can still buy one in several webshops. Do not hesitate to consider a used pair, they are extremely durable! This ski is heavy, damp, stable (two layers of metal). It floats beautifully in fresh, crushes crud, and every time I ski soft bumps, I ask myself......how a ski this heavy and wide, can be this quick, stable, and agile in the bumps!
For those of you who have not skied Vail, we do have notable bump runs. (Prima, Pronto, Log chute, Highline, "Hospital", is the common local reference). Yet, this ski is a great carver on groomed runs with consistent good quality snow. This is not a ski you will appreciate, in any skied off, or icy conditions!
The 195 cm. length should be reserved for the over 200 lb. guy with strong legs and core. Yes, there are other pow skis with great float, better high speed stability, lighter in weight, stiffer tails for landing big jumps, but if your profile is similar to mine, the question will be.....Where can I find a pair before they are all gone????
Rossignol about the Super 7 2013
"The Super 7 is a hard-charging, pow-slayer with an award-winning blend of versatility and float. Featuring two layers of titanal, this beefed-up version of the S7 delivers increased stability and liveliness for aggressive rippers. Powder Turn Rocker delivers fatigue-free maneuverability, effortless steering and instant speed control. Centered Sidecut provides the all-terrain versatility and edging power simply not found in other wide-waisted, rockered skis. The Super 7 is designed for the committed hard-chargers who get there first, slashing through secret stashes and poaching backcountry pow", says Rossignol. The only negative: avoid skied off or icy conditions.
Armada JJ 2.0: highly maneuverable freeride ski that floats well and performs surprisingly well on hard pack,
Liberty Origin: superb all-mountain freeride ski, excels everywhere, on groomers, in bumps and powder.
Line Mr. Pollard's Opus: an amazing freeride ski, that floats on powder as well as it carves on piste.