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Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti

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Rossignol Hero ST Ti 2016 tested on piste

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 157, 162, 167, 172
Sidecut (mm): 122-68-104
Radius @ 167 cm (m): 13


Characteristics:

Terrain: 100% piste 
Discipline: slalom
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability: good
Edge grip: great
Edge switch: fast

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Slalom ski Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti 2019

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Craig's review: Advanced piste skier


Advanced piste skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

5 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"My preference in a piste ski (the third and narrowest ski in my Quiver) will probably be in the approximate 65mm to 85mm underfoot. I love high edge angles, high edge hold, short radius turns, and a detuned race ski answers that call."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs

 


My favourite piste skis:

1. Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti
Slalom ski review Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti

 

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The Ski


TOP PICK in this narrow detuned race slalom category. I have the 2017-18 version of the Rossignol Hero Elite Short Turn ski in my personal inventory, and they are delightfully similar. The first thing you normally notice on a new ski, are the top sheet graphics, and I do prefer this years graphics to the new iteration. So, I am basing my 5 star rating on this Hero's superior performance!
Within the first few turns this ski quickly tells you, that it wants to always be on edge, and at high edge angles. It does not like to run flat, but is shockingly stable at high speed when kept on edge. This short ski excels at carve turns for all turn radius, even with its short 13m turn radius. Short radius carve turns are amazing, and memorable. Plus, you don't have to worry about those skied off areas.....just welcome them, and keep this Hero on a high edge, it will hold a steady course.....wonderful! Edge engagement is excellent, and chatter was not a issue. Considering this category of ski, the Hero Short Turn is very forgiving, compared to its competitors, and a superior choice for the advanced-expert skier that just wants to lay down high edge angle carve turns on groomed terrain. Progression through the turn is linear and consistent, with smooth edge engagement. This Rossi will exercise you, when skied properly. You can load the tail of this 167cm length at the end of your turn, the tail will support, and pop you back into a weight forward position for the beginning of the next turn. If you get lazy, in a weight back position to start your next turn, you quickly realize, you better get your shins against the tongue of your boot! Would the 172cm length be a viable option, maybe (not available for test), but I have no complaints about this 167cm length. I have also been impressed with the upgraded (2017-19) lighter, integrated adjustable Look binding and plate, which is a ideal partner for this ski. This is one of the few bindings on the market, with upward toe release.

Bumps

The Rossignol Elite Short Turn is actually decent in bumps, maybe one of the best in this slalom race category! Not great, but not bad for such a stiff short ski. It does require a very skilled skier for straight zipper line bump skiing, that can stay balanced on a small sweet spot, but in wider spaced medium sized bumps, it is very doable. It's damping is very good to excellent. I also skied the new (2018-19) Rossignol Experience 88 Ti back to back with this ski (see my separate review). I found a similar on-snow feel between these two skis, which will make a perfect transition in your multi ski Quiver. Both of the new skis seem to have a bit less damping than their respective 2017-18 construction counterparts. I also (surprisingly) recognized a similar on-snow feel to Rossi's current "airtip" (lighter weight) Freeride construction (see my review of the 2018 Rossignol Super 7 HD), except the damping and performance (within their specific category) is much-much better in the Hero and the 88. I made a comment to the Rossi rep, and he agreed with my perception, and indicated this was a intended design. Is this a negative? Well, both of these new skis have such great overall qualities, I would have to say, not really, except perhaps at higher speeds or variable terrain, where the current (2017-18) 88hd, and Hero ST Ti seem to have a slight advantage, with their perhaps slightly heavier weight, and superb damping.

Who is this ski for?

- If you dream about perfect carve turns with limited skid
- If you want to put a lot of energy into your skiing
- If you love high edge angulation, or want to learn
- If you are looking for a forgiving detuned slalom race ski
- Excellent narrow-slalom piste-ski in your 3 ski quiver

Rossignol about the Hero Elite ST Ti

"Powerful, precise, and perfectly balanced, the HERO ELITE ST Ti is a full-throttle, recreational slalom ski for technical and race league skiers. Our race-room developed Prop Tech provides adaptive torsional flex for improved edge contact and increased control, while Power Turn Rocker speeds turn initiation for faster, more aggressive lines. World Cup titanal sandwich construction delivers rock-solid stability.", says Rossignol.

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Comments  
# Matthew 2016-03-22 01:08
I just purchased these skis not to long ago and I love them. In my opinion the best slalom ski you can buy and I have tested many slalom skis. If your hesitant on buying them do not be these deliver exactly what you want and you will not regret purchasing them.
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