The 7 Series has been one of the most popular line-ups of freeride skis of any brand for the past several years. The Rossignol Star 7 is the go-to for powder days, the Rossignol Savory 7 for those days you don’t need the Star 7 but still want great float, and the Rossignol Sassy 7 for the days when it hasn’t snowed in a while, but you still want the versatility of an all mountain ski. The Rossignol Saffron 7, however, is probably the most versatile of the series, and great for intermediate to advanced female riders that want spend a good amount of time off piste, but still enjoy the feeling of carving groomers from time to time. It has great soft snow capabilities, and a smooth and fluid feel all over the mountain. The Rossignol Saffron 7 is a great ski for those that want one ski to do it all.
Conditions: Groomers, Soft Chop (5”), Hard Pack, Bumps
Bindings: Marker Squire
On the Snow Feel: The Rossignol Saffron 7 is a stable ski that can also feel somewhat playful.
Powder: The Star 7 is the go-to Rossignol womens freeride ski for powder, but at 116mm underfoot, it’s just not as practical for everyday riding. The Rossignol Saffron 7 is 98mm underfoot, and much more suited to everyday. It’s not going to have the same great float as the Star 7, but with the light-weight Air Tip tip, tapered tip and tail, and powder turn rocker, the Saffron floats as well as any 98mm underfoot ski can. And while not a powder specialist, it’s plenty capable for all but the deepest days on the mountain.
Turn Initiation and Carving: One of the things that we loved about the Rossignol Saffron 7 is its easy going personality. It just seems so smooth and fluid. Turn initiation is a breeze and as soon as you tip the ski on edge it’s ready to go. The Air Tip keeps the swing weight low, while the Powder Turn Rocker, and tapered tip and tail help to bring more of your weight underfoot for better control. It’s easy to swing the ski any direction, and once on edge it carves relatively well. It has a medium to medium stiff flex that is forgiving, but also offers enough power for more aggressive advanced skiers. Rebound is energetic and lively, but it’s not necessarily powerful. Carves were more smooth, and fluid. Short to medium radius turns were fun, but don’t expect the ski to throw you into the next turn.
Speed: Speed is probably the weakest area for the Rossignol Saffron 7, but it’s such a fun ski at slower speeds that we didn’t find this to be a huge issue. If you like straightlining down big lines, then the Saffron isn’t your ski, but if you like making turns at moderate speeds and riding with more finesse, then the Saffron is a great ski. It handles moderate speed really well, never chattering or vibrating, but the light-weight and softer flex don’t offer the dampest ride at high speeds.
Uneven Terrain: The Rossignol Saffron 7 is a very fun ski in the chop and crud, so long as you stay at moderate speeds, and enjoy making turns. It’s not a ski that is built to just blast through, but rather stay on top of the snow, making slower, slarvy turns, and bouncing off of the piles of snow. We found a neutral or slightly backseat stance was more conducive to keeping the tips up, and the ski manueverable.
Moguls: We didn’t have a chance to ride the Saffron in Volkswagon sized moguls, but in the smaller bumps it was super quick and easy to maneuver. It’s flex is forgiving, but substantial enough to handle a more aggressive approach. It’s light weight allows you to swing the ski around quickly, and it’s quite responsive to any input, allowing us to turn around any bumps.
Edge Hold: The Rossignol Saffron 7 skis a bit shorter than it’s actual length. This also reduces the overall effective edge, and grip on the harder snow. In the soft snow or chop, the ski is so much fun, but as things harden up, we found ourselves wishing for a bit more length. It’s not bad on the hard snow, but definitely not great.
Flex: The Saffron 7 has a medium to medium stiff flex that is forgiving, yet strong enough for aggressive or heavier skiers.
Switch: The Rossignol Saffron 7 has a directional twin tail and flex. It was fun to ski switch, but not great if that’s all you plan to do.
Jumps and Park: The light-weight makes it easy to easy to swing around and control in the air, almost to fault. It takes some time to get used to the feeling, but once you do it makes it quite easy to swing around. It has decent pop, and was quite fun to pop off of rollers or jumps.
The Rossignol Saffron 7 is the most versatile of the 7 Series of skis. It’s so much fun in the soft snow, and so easy to ski. It turns when you want it to, and even though it’s not the most powerful ski, it’s still quite fun carving short and medium radius turns. Those that like a playful ski will love how easy it is to make slarvy, skidded turns. It’s not a powder specialist, but definitely better in the soft snow than on hard pack or ice. The Rossignol Saffron 7 is really a great all mountain ski for those that like to explore all over the mountain, but don’t be in to much of a hurry, its a ski that has a more relaxed attitude. It can be pushed hard, but it is so much more fun to ski with finesse.