A handful of Blister reviewers have spent time on the Super 7 HD over the past two seasons (including Luke Koppa, Paul Forward, Cy Whitling, Jonathan Ellsworth and I) and the ski is coming back unchanged for 18/19. But while we’ve written a bunch about the Rossi Soul 7 HD and Super 7 RD, our coverage of the Super 7 HD has mostly happened in Deep Dive Comparisons and in our Buyer’s Guide.
So it’s time that the Super 7 HD gets its own full review — especially since we think it’s a ski that could work well for a lot of people.
So let’s get started with what we wrote about the Super 7 HD in our 17/18 Buyer’s Guide:
“This is a strong ski underfoot with much softer tips and tails. In any soft (or very deep) snow, it is easy to ski, it is forgiving, and it favors a neutral stance. While it doesn’t offer a lot of energy out of a turn, it will easily handle softer, variable snow at moderate speeds. We also think that in the shorter lengths, this ski will be a quick-turning pow ski, great for deep snow and tight trees. In general, the Super 7 HD seems like a good fit for intermediate skiers who want an easy pow ski that will be great in deep snow, and that is also relatively balanced in the air. And for those who are looking for more stability in variable conditions and pop, check out the Super 7 RD.”
After spending more time this season on the Super 7 HD, we’ll stand by this account. But now, we’ll expand on the Super 7 HD’s performance in specific conditions, and detail what types of skiers we think will enjoy it most.
Heavy, Variable Snow
Sam Shaheen (5’10”, 140 lbs): I’ve spent much of my time on the Super 7 HD in heavier, thick, and variable snow that you most often see in late spring, and these sort of conditions are not where the Super 7 HD feels most at home. I think it’s just a bit too light to do really well in heavier / wet snow. The Super 7 HD’s generous rocker profile and width definitely help keep it from getting bogged down in deeper, wet snow, but rather than blasting through this sort of snow like heavier and stiffer skis can, the Super 7 HD tends to bounce over them.
The Super 7 HD feels most comfortable making smaller turns rather than big, fast turns. So in heavier snow — especially after it gets skied out a bit — the ski feels best when snaking between the big piles and turning where the snow is smoother and more forgiving, rather than blowing through the set-up snow.
With a dynamic style and some finesse, the Super 7 HD is certainly manageable in this sort of snow, and does just fine at slower speeds. But if you want to ski fast in heavier and variable 3D snow, the Super 7 HD does get knocked around a bit more than heavier and stiffer options in this class.
Luke Koppa (5’8”, 155 lbs): Yep, the Super 7 HD is not the best for skiing super fast through heavy, thick snow. It’s very easy to slide around at moderate speeds, but when I tried to mob through slushy snow, the ski felt like it wanted to plane up and over all the denser patches, rather than blast through them. But if I skied a bit slower, the Super 7 HD was predictable, playful, and fun.
Sam: While we haven’t gotten the Super 7 HD in any really deep pow, we have spent a lot of time skiing it in deep slush, and a ski’s performance in slush often translates pretty well to powder. One of the biggest takeaways from my time on the Super 7 HD is that I think it would be a dead-easy powder ski. Its width, rocker profile, and flex pattern should help it plane well in all but the lightest, deepest snow. The Super 7 HD also has a huge sweet spot and can be skied with both a forward, driving stance and a more centered / neutral stance.
I suspect the Super 7 HD’s tips could dive if you really drive the shovels in very deep pow, but that big sweet spot means that it is super easy to sit in the middle of the ski at slow and moderate speeds while cruising through soft snow. The Super 7 HD does feel a bit hooky at high speeds, but at moderate speeds, it feels totally fine when making small- to medium-radius turns.
The Super 7 HD seems like an excellent powder ski for an intermediate skier. It is intuitive, playful, and forgiving, and also has enough width and rocker that I think it’d offer plenty of flotation for most skiers.
Sam: The Super 7 HD was very maneuverable at low and moderate speeds in soft chop. If you’re not trying to charge through chop, the Super 7 HD’s heavily tapered shape, low weight, and very generous tip splay help it feel easy and intuitive, even when the snow is not.
Just like in soft, slushy snow, trying to nuke around at high speeds and blast through patches of chop is not where the Super 7 HD excels. It prefers a slower, more deliberate approach. However, if you ski with a very dynamic style and provide the suspension yourself (rather than expecting the ski to do so), you can still ski hard on the Super 7 HD — I have seen some VERY good skiers rip on this ski, but they ski with a very active style. (For more on what we mean when we talk about an “active / dynamic style,” check out this article.)
Again, for an intermediate or advanced skier, I think the Super 7 HD will provide a nice balance of a big, forgiving sweet spot and enough girth to make skiing chop and variable very manageable, so long as you’re not trying to ski super fast through the chop. If you’re looking for more top-end stability, there are plenty of heavier and / or stiffer options in this class that will hold up better when skiing at speed through chop.
Luke: Again, I agree with Sam. I could ski pretty fast on the Super 7 HD in soft chop, but to do so I had to stay light on my feet and try to avoid the larger patches of snow. When doing this, I thought the Super 7 HD felt surprisingly quick and easy to flick around, which caters well to this sort of skiing. If I tried to open things up with little attention paid to what sort of snow lay in front of me, the Super 7 HD got knocked around and reminded me that it only weighs around 2000 grams.
Sam: The Super 7 HD is obviously not a groomer ski, but regardless, it’s hard to get through a resort day without skiing some groomers on the way back to the lift. The Super 7 HD does a pretty good job at this. It’s not the best carver in this class (which is probably due to its taper and rocker profile), but the Super 7 HD holds an edge pretty well and feels comfortable at high edge angles on soft groomers.
Here, the difference in energy between the Super 7 RD and Super 7 HD is most noticeable. The Super 7 RD has much more life and pop out of a turn than the Super 7 HD. This is a trait that will make the Super 7 HD more predictable for intermediate or advanced skiers, but expert skiers might appreciate the increased pop and stability of the Super 7 RD.
Luke: On soft, spring groomers, I could easily lay over the Super 7 HD into some nice carves. It didn’t pull me into turns like skis with less tapered tips, but I could easily go from skiing bases flat, to a carved turn, and then quickly break the tails free to check my speed. The words “easy, intuitive, and forgiving” again came to mind while skiing the Super 7 HD on groomers.
Jonathan Ellsworth (5’10”, ~175 lbs): These skis can be carved pretty hard. I don’t love heavily-tapered tips for carving hard on firm snow (since you don’t get anything out of the tips of the skis), but for carving hard in light powder, these are a lot of fun, and the ski is solid enough underfoot that on smoother groomers (whether the snow is soft of firm), these are fun.
Trees / Moguls / Tight Terrain
Sam: The Super 7 HD is quick, forgiving, playful, and intuitive — all traits that make it fun in tight trees. At higher speeds, I can drive the Super 7 HD through the shovels and make fast turns. At lower speeds, it’s easy to ski with a more neutral stance and slide smaller turns.
The only tight spots where the Super 7 HD doesn’t excel are narrow, deep moguls. Here, the length of our test ski (188 cm) became very noticeable. The tails feel long and the ski tends to get caught up in the deep troughs. In more spaced-out moguls, the Super 7 HD does great and its quickness again becomes apparent. But if the bumps are tight and deep, the Super 7 HD feels a touch sluggish (as do most skis that are this wide and long).
Luke: I didn’t get the Super 7 HD into any really tight and deep moguls, but on more widely spaced moguls, I had a ton of fun on this ski. It’s super easy to pivot, and since it has such a big sweet spot, I didn’t feel like I was getting punished if I got off the shovels of the ski. Given how wide it is, I was very surprised by how quick and fun the Super 7 HD felt in wide, slushy bumps.
In The Air
Sam: The Super 7 HD feels surprisingly balanced in the air and decently solid on landings. It’s not the poppiest ski in this class, but it does have a subtle freestyle-oriented feel (and moving the bindings forward of the -7.75 cm line would probably make it feel even more comfortable when spinning and tricking).
Luke: Thanks to its low weight and tapered shape, the Super 7 HD felt like it had a pretty low swing weight for its size. It’s definitely not my top choice for big drops due to its lower stability compared to several other skis in this class, but for smaller jumps with forgiving landings and / or clean runouts, it did just fine.
A Note on Length
Sam: If you are on the fence between two sizes of this ski, I definitely recommend sizing up. The huge tip splay and fairly generous tail splay make this ski feel a bit shorter than its actual length. It is easy and manageable even in its longest length (unless you ski a lot of tightly-spaced moguls) so I think sizing up is the right call if you’re torn on which length to go with.
Jonathan: I think intermediate to advanced skiers weighing ~180 lbs or less will likely do just fine on the 180 cm length, especially if this ski will be getting use on shallower days.
But 180 + lb folks looking to use this ski as their widest ski for deep days, you’ll likely be best served by going with the 188 cm. This is already a light, forgiving ski, so going shorter is going to reduce flotation and stability, and we don’t think you’ll need to downsize to quicken up this ski.
Super 7 HD as a 50/50 Ski
Luke: At right around 2000 grams per ski for the 188 cm version, I’d personally want to mount the Super 7 HD with a Fritschi Tecton 12 or Salomon / Atomic SHIFT binding for use both in and out of the resort. The Super 7 HD’s predictable nature and fun ride at slower speeds are exactly what I look for in a powder touring ski since much of my mid-winter touring days are spent on either low angle terrain or in the trees. And the Super 7 HD is light enough that I wouldn’t mind lugging it around for some powder laps in the backcountry.
The Rossignol Super 7 HD is an intuitive, playful, and forgiving powder ski with a huge sweet spot. It’s very easy to pivot and slide around at moderate speeds, and remains predictable and maneuverable in conditions that aren’t super deep. For expert skiers that like to ski hard and fast, you’ll need to do so with an active and dynamic style to keep the Super 7 HD under control at high speeds. But for those new to powder skiing, intermediate skiers, and advanced skiers, the Super 7 HD is a good choice due to its forgiving and intuitive nature.
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