I was really excited to see Rossignol revamp the 7 series of skis this season. I know a lot of people loved these skis, but I feel like there were also a lot of people that had big complaints about stability and power. Rossi addressed some of these complaints by changing the core of the 7 series skis. This new design is called HD, and combines basalt and carbon fiber to try and make the ski more lively, stable, and powerful, while still retaining that very light and easy to ski feel of the 7 series of the past. The Rossignol Sky 7 HD is the totally revamped Sin 7, and probably one of the more versatile skis in the series. I must admit that I was in the camp that thought that although the Sin 7 was a good ski, it did lack some energy, power, and stability. So I was really excited to see if the changes really made a huge difference. I did like the Sky 7, and did notice improvements over the Sin 7. However, I still feel that if you didn’t like the Sin 7, you’re probably not going to be swayed a ton by the Sky 7. But, if you LIKED the Sin 7, there’s a good chance that you’ll LOVE the sky 7.
Rossignol Sky 7 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Look SPX 12
Conditions: 3″ Fresh, Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Steeps
Ski Personality: For me, the Rossignol Sky 7 HD still feels like a versatile, easy going ski, that you can take all over the mountain. The HD does add a bit of stability, but this still feels like a 7 series ski.
On the Snow Feel: Just like the Sin 7, I felt the Sky 7 was semi-stable. It’s light weight, and maneuverability lend a pretty playful feel to the ski, but on edge it can feel stable. This ski for me, though, does lean a bit more towards the playful side than stable side.
Powder: I think what I loved most about the 7 series of skis was the soft snow performance, and one of my big worries with HD in the 7 series is that it would sacrifice a bit of that soft snow capability. After spending some time on the Rossignol Sky 7 HD, I will say that I didn’t notice any sacrifice in soft snow ability. The ski still feels light weight and maneuverable, and the ski is so easy to pivot and smear. Sure the Sky 7 isn’t as fun as the Soul 7, but it’s still very fun in soft snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I, like a lot of people, really enjoyed how easy the Sin 7 felt to ski. It had such an easy-going personality and really did anything you wanted it to do. The Rossignol Sky 7 HD retains a lot of that easy-going feeling, but I did notice a touch more life. The ski is responsive and easy to get on edge. Once there, the ski came to life. It’s energetic, and lively and edge to edge transitions were quick and exciting. Still, I did find that I had to force the ski to finish the turn. On hard packed snow, the ski wanted to wash out a bit, and I still noticed a bit of chatter when trying to open things up. I think this is a fantastic ski for shorter, radius turns on soft snow, especially for those who like to smear a bit more often. Is it better than the Sin 7, I’d say yes, but it’s still not a super carver.
Speed: Getting on the Rossi 100 HD, I was impressed by the stability, and hoped that that same stability would translate to the Sky 7 HD. I did feel like the HD “matrix” did help increase stability over the Sin 7, but this was still a ski that I didn’t want to push to my limit. On smooth, soft groomers, the ski felt stable and damp but on firm groomers, and at high speeds, the ski felt twitchy and chattery. It just didn’t inspire a ton of confidence for me. Again, was it better than the Sin 7? Probably, but not enough to warrant a ton of praise from me.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This was always an area that was interesting for me with the Sin and Soul 7. In some ways they were amazing skis in variable terrain. Yes, they weren’t going to blast through chop, but they did such a good job of absorbing terrain that they were very fun in variable snow. The Rossignol Sky 7 HD is no exception. Again, I found that the ski did a really nice job of absorbing terrain, and it made skiing in variable snow off piste quite enjoyable. Again, if you’re the type of skier that wants to blast through everything in your way, the Sky 7 HD isn’t your ski, but if you ski with more finesse, and less power, the Sky 7 could be really fun.
Bottom Line: I did notice the changes between the Sin 7 and Sky 7 HD, but the Sky 7 still feels quite similar. It’s not the ski for big aggressive skiers or hard chargers, but those skiers who prefer finesse over power, this ski could be amazing. It’s a capable carver that has a decent amount of response and energy, and yet still feels so much at home off piste. It’s semi-playful and has an easy-going attitude that playful skiers will enjoy. Again, I think the bottom line is that if you liked the Sin 7, you’ll probably LOVE the Sky 7, but if you didn’t like the Sin 7, I’m not sure if the changes were enough to make you like the Rossignol Sky 7.
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