The Rossignol Sin 7 is back unchanged for 2016. The Sin 7 is a versatile all mountain ski with a freeride feel. I wouldn’t necessarily call it super playful, but it caters much more to finesse skiers than aggressive chargers. It’s light weight and forgiving flex make it easy to maneuver at any speed. It has a large sweet spot, that also makes it super easy to ski. In soft snow it’s fun to slash turns of any shape, and even at 98mm underfoot it does a decent job in deeper snow. It doesn’t love speed or chop, but it’s so much fun at slower speeds that it won’t matter for some skiers. This is a great option for those who love to play around on soft snow, but also want the versatility of a narrower waist.
2016 Rossignol Sin 7 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Soft Crud (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Rossignol Axium 120 B100
On the Snow Feel: The Rossignol Sin 7 feels playful and maneuverable without being too loose and surfy. On the groomers it feels relatively stable, but it can be overpowered if pushed too hard. I think this would be better for those who ski with a bit more finesse. It has a relatively easy going personality with a semi-stable feel.
Powder: The Sin 7 is 98mm underfoot, and probably the most versatile of the 7Series from Rossignol. At 98mm it’s not going to have the greatest float, especially on deeper days, but with a relatively soft flex, tip and tail rocker, and a decent taper, the Sin 7 will float about as good as any 98mm underfoot ski can. It’s also this Powder Turn Rocker that keeps the ski maneuverable in the soft snow. Again it’s not a super surfy or loose ski, but one that is easy to turn at any speed.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Rossignol Sin 7 has a very low swing weight that allows you to turn and pivot the ski without a whole lot of input. This help to keep the ski nimble and maneuverable at any speed. The rocker tip and tail also helps to put more of the weight underfoot, giving you more control and power. When you combine this with a shorter sidecut and forgiving flex, it’s pretty easy to get the ski on edge. At slow speeds, and low edge angles the Sin 7 is easy to smear and slide, allowing you to steer the skis in any direction. The more you apply pressure to the edge, the more it engages, and so at higher speeds and edge angles, the ski is much more responsive and willing to carve. A five point sidecut allows you to vary your turn shape effortlessly, and with a decent amount of camber underfoot and a lively poplar core, the ski is quite snappy from edge to edge. Aggressive skiers may find it a bit soft, but sometimes it more about finesse than power.
Speed: The light-weight Rossignol Sin 7 is less at home at speed than heavier more substantial skis. It seems Rossignol has fixed some of the problems with tip chatter by introducing the Air Tip tech and making the rocker a bit lower profile. While this keeps the tips from chattering, it doesn’t do much for inciting confidence at speed. The ski just feels too light and lively, and doesn’t do a fantastic job at smoothing out terrain or reducing vibration. With the Sin 7 you trade off high speed stability for ease of maneuverability. If you’re really not into speed, then this is much less of an issue, and I’d make that trade any day.
Uneven Terrain: The Rossignol Sin 7 is not a damp, stable, hard charger that can blast through anything, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good in the crud. I think the Sin 7 can actually be quite fun in the chop, but you need to ride it with more finesse and a lot less aggression. The Air Tip and Powder Turn Rocker helps to keep the Sin 7 nimble, while also helping to reduce hooking. When skiing through chop I found I couldn’t drive the tips, but I could take a more neutral and light-weight approach. When skiing like this I could float above the chop, and maneuver the ski around any larger obstacles. It’s not a ski that will blast through the crud, but it is a ski that can maneuver over or around the piles. However, once the snow firms up it requires you to ski with a lot less speed.
Moguls: The Rossignol Sin 7 can be a very fun mogul ski. Its light-weight allows for very easy maneuverability and very quick turns. Some more aggressive skiers may find the Sin 7 to be a bit soft for really speeding down moguls, but they are just so easy to pivot and turn.
Edge Hold: The Rossignol Sin 7 is a fantastic ski in the soft snow, but as things firm up it starts to show some weakness. The same rocker profile and taper that make the ski great in the soft snow also reduces the overall effective edge. At slow speeds and low edge angles, the ski feels quite short. It’s also why it’s so easy to maneuver. At higher edge angles more of the edge is in contact with the snow, but it’s still pretty short. The ski does have a significant amount of camber, and holds an edge better than the wider Soul 7, but neither one of these skis is over rigid torsionally. Both skis are much more soft snow oriented than hard snow. You can ride on hard pack, but there are much better options if this is all you plan on doing.
Flex: The Rossignol Sin 7 has a pretty soft and forgiving flex.
Switch: The Rossignol Sin 7 is a directional twin. It’s capable of skiing switch, but it’s not great if you plan on riding backward all the time.
Jumps and Park: The Rossignol Sin 7 is not a great dedicated park ski, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on it. It’s pretty easy to get the ski in the air, and once there it almost feels as if there’s nothing there. The light weight takes some time to get used to, but once you do it’s quite easy to maneuver these when trying to spin. I wouldn’t use these as a dedicated park ski, but if you venture into the park on occasion, it’s plenty capable.
The 7 Series is one of the most popular series of freeride skis, and the Sin 7 is probably the most versatile of the line-up. It makes a great soft-snow ski for areas that don’t often see huge dumps. For those of you that regularly see lots of big storms the Soul or Super 7 will be better options. The Rossignol Sin 7 is very light-weight, forgiving, and easy to maneuver. It’s a very nimble ski and great for making quick turns in the trees or moguls. It’s not a super stable ski at high speeds, and you definitely can’t plow through the crud, but the Rossignol Sin 7 is plenty happy floating on top of the soft snow. This is a great ski for the intermediate skier that wants to start skiing off piste in the soft snow and powder. It’s forgiving, easy to maneuver, and can handle a pretty large variety of terrain.