Advanced level freeride skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 4299
"Fat skis that are made just for deep deep powder days. The wider the better, preferably with a full rocker profile to get that surfing feeling. Floatation and maneuverability are key factors. Performance on hard pack is of no importance."
The Rossignol Squad 7 is a pure deep powder ski for charging big lines. The immense radius of almost 30m makes the ski want to go just straight. Making shorter turns requires to lean back and surf through the powder. Or to jump up and just hit the breaks and change direction. Only a ski with this much surface allows you to suddenly break hard at high speed without disappearing completely in the bottomless powder snow. This must appeal to freeriders who want to ski down the whole face in only 2 turns. I personally prefer some more playfulness and a shorter radius. Therefore I give the Squad 7 a 4 star rating.
Big big radius
Because of the immense radius the Rossignol Squad 7 turns reluctantly especially on piste. When after a wonderfull freeride you have to get back to the lift, it means hard work. Fortunately the 50% camber-rocker profile allows you to make sliding turns, but it is very tiring on the upper legs. And when you hit a bad slope with bumps and stuff, be prepared to switch back to old school technique. That's the only way to get down the slope in one piece.
Rossignol about the Squad 7
"Patented new Air Tip technology reduces weight for enhanced agility, control and ultra-light swing weight. With a beefier core profile, 120mm waist and long turn radius, the Squad 7 delivers unrivaled power, stability and float for straight-lining the most daunting terrain, out-running your slough, and stomping the mandatory", says Rossignol. This is all true. And in addition the see through honeycomb tip and tail look extremeley cool.
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