On our Facebook page we received a request to test and compare the Rossignol Super 7 and the Moment Exit World skis. Instead of our traditional review reports, we decided that this test is worth a more extended report.
Getting both powder skis in hand at the same time was one thing, but this winter (2014) it was even harder to combine that with the perfect snow conditions. Finally the moment was there, more than a meter of fresh snow on a glacier. And the snow was very dry the first day which implied champagne powder conditions. Plus the glacier was closed till we got there, just imagine the terrain we had for ourselves. No problem to find the unspoiled stretches so we could totally concentrate on the skis. Not avoiding the fun we had plunging in and out the bottomless pillows of white adrenaline of course.
The days after, it stayed cold enough to preserve the snowcover. It just settled from the full meter to 75 cm, which made it now possible to ski the less steep slopes as well. And with that process we were riding unspoiled slopes every day. Having about every snowcondition you can imagine, we experienced it as the perfect test for these freeskis. We swapped skis every couple of runs to get the best image of differences in behavior in the same snow. Amazing days in the mountains, or as Rossignol calls it: another best day. Time to get to the skis itself.
Characteristics of the skis compared
Pretty compareable sidecuts. Notable is the difference in Radius.
Behavior of the skis in deep deep powder. Both pair of skis are very good here. Float enough for any amount of powder as long as the descent is steep enough of course. Maybe the Exit World makes life a bit easier in the deep snow by being more flexible, but no deal breaker. The rocker tips make it all possible without having to concentrate to avoid digging and diving.
In chopped up terrain
Behavior of the skis in chopped up terrain. On tracked slopes more differences show up. The Rossignol Super 7 races down hill, ignoring the tracks completely. Doing its own thing with inclination to large turns at speed. At the same slopes the Moment Exit World skis are better at slower speed. More maneuverability at shorter work while that feels a bit more nervous at higher speeds.
On slick soft groomers
Behavior of the skis on slick soft groomers. If you are not used to ski of this width under the feet, you might be surprised how good they still are. On softer groomers these skis are both fine and fun to ride on the edges. Both have camber and that adds to the fine experience on this terrain. The Moment Exit World feels a bit lighter, especially during turn switches and is easier to adjust shorter and longer turns with. Super 7 also feels on this terrain more steady, faster and for longer turns.
End of the day pistes
Behavior of the skis on end of the day pistes. As a lot of skiers, freeskiers too, necessarily need to take a piste back home, we compared these powder skis here as well. Situation sketch: once the groomers become bumps with too many skiers of every level doing their last run down to the resort. Plus the legs are tired and you don't want to endanger the other skiers. Given this image, the Exit World provides more possibilities and an easier ride down. It is harder work on the Super 7 to switch and make short turns at slower speeds. Once you get some more space and want to race down, the Super 7 leaves the Exit World behind. And with only small bumps the Super 7 easily slides through them while at the Exit World you want to take back speed.
On harder snow
Behavior of the skis on harder snow. Let's start with ice patches, with both pair of skis it is a matter of sliding there. Try to ignore it and get it done to get to softer snow. Nothing to gain here. When the ice is gone, the Super 7 offers more grip and more pop out of turns. This is what it makes faster as well of course. In return you get from the Exit World the chance to ski precise at lower speed with more comfort and dampening.
Super 7 has more speed and stability compared to the Exit World which offers more maneuverability and comfort. And these differences show on every terrain but champagne powder. Both are very good powder skis, it is more a decision of which qualities fit your desires better. And maybe if you are not that experienced yet, the Moment Exit World is a better first choice as it makes life easier on most terrains without skiing at Mach 3. But if you like to explore the limits of your skis, the Super 7 is the one for you. This Rossignol has no limits.
With thanks to Erwin (Rossignol skis) and Sune (Moment skis).