Ski: 2018-2019 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188 cm
Available Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.3 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2100 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2006 & 2011 grams
Stated Dimensions: 140-116-130 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.5-114-128 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 21 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 88 mm / 40 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5 mm
Core: Paulownia + Carbon & Basalt Laminate
Base: “Sintered HD”
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.75 cm from center; 85.4 cm from tail
Ski: 2016-2017 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188
Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm
Actual Length (straight tape pull): 186.3 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2100 g
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2087 & 2110 grams
Stated Dimensions: 140-116-130 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139-115-129 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 20 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 83 mm / 35 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5 mm
Core: Paulownia + Carbon / Basalt Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point:
- “All Mountain” Line: -5.65 cm from center; 87.5 cm from tail
- “Freeride” Line: -7.65 cm / 85.5 cm from tail
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Super 7 HD, which was not changed for 18/19.]
For 17/18, Rossignol tweaked the 16/17 Super 7 HD (as well as the 17/18 Soul 7 HD). The Super 7 HD, Super 7 RD, and Soul 7 HD return unchanged for the 18/19 season. Here’s what Rossignol has to say about the new Super 7 HD:
“The most celebrated powder ski in the world, the 100% redesigned, all-new Super 7 HD continues to make powder skiing easier, more natural, and more fun. Featuring our all-new Air Tip 2.0 and Carbon Alloy Matrix technologies, at 116 mm underfoot, the Super 7 HD supplies effortless floatation and instant speed control for unrivaled big-mountain performance in the deepest snow conditions.”
So let’s dissect this a bit…
“100% Redesigned” / “All-New”
Hmm, so Rossi completely redesigned the “most celebrated powder ski in the world”? That’s ballsy, right? Especially since the 16/17 Super 7 HD is a pretty nice ski.
So this of course begs the question, How similar or different does the 17/18 Super 7 HD look from the 16/17 Super 7 HD?
Dimensions / Sidecut Radius: 16/17 Super 7 HD vs. 17/18 Super 7 HD
The skis are the exact same length (I just re-measured both skis again). But the widest point of the shovels has been slightly toned down on the 17/18 Super 7 HD — from 139 mm down to 137.5 mm, and the widest point of the tails has also been narrowed a touch (129 vs. 128 mm).
It’s possible that these changes are simply within an acceptable tolerance range, but Rossignol does assign a slightly larger sidecut radius to the 17/18 Super 7 (21 meters vs. the 16/17’s stated 20 meter radius), so I am ready to believe that these subtle changes are intentional — even if Rossi’s stated dimensions remain the same for 16/17 and 17/18?
The amount of traditional camber underfoot remains the same, but the 17/18 now have (slightly) bevelled sidewalls at the tip and tail.
Shape / Rocker Profile
Our test pair of 17/18 Super 7 HD’s has just a touch more tip and tail splay than the 16/17s. But looking at the two skis side-by-side, it’s very difficult to notice any obvious difference.
Handflexing the 188 cm, 17/18 Super 7 HD, I’d sum up the flex pattern like this:
In Front of the Toe piece: 10
Behind the Heel piece: 10-9
Flexing this back-to-back with the 16/17 Super 7 HD, there are a few very subtle differences, but I am a bit more inclined to chalk those up to acceptable tolerance differences. But for what it’s worth, our test pair of 17/18 Super 7 HD’s feels a bit stiffer in front of the toe piece than the 16/17. (And again, I’d mostly advise you to ignore this, but our 16/17s might actually feel just a touch stiffer behind the heel piece than the 17/18’s.)
Point is, if there are any differences in the flex pattern, they are subtle. The bigger point here is that these skis really are stiff through the middle-third of the ski, so anybody calling these “noodles” is simply wrong. They are light for their weight and length, but — like most pow skis — it’s really just the tips / shovels that are soft. Speaking of weight…
Rossignol claims that the new “Air Tip 2.0” construction is “15% lighter” than the previous tip design, and the 17/18 skis are just a touch lighter, so we’re prepared to believe that there has been a bit of weight savings here. But as we just discussed, the 17/18 skis are slightly narrower at the tip, waist, and tail, too, so some weight savings will be realized there.
Long and short: the new Super 7 HD is slightly lighter.
It’s also worth noting that the 188 cm Super 7 HD is coming in actually a bit lighter than the 105mm-underfoot Soul 7 HD (which weighs around 2035 grams per ski). That’s interesting, given the Super 7 HD’s wider waist, and we suspect that Soul 7 HD’s heavier weight is a result of its more firm-snow-orientation.
Honestly, this is one of the most obvious and noteworthy differences between the 16/17 and 17/18 Super 7 HD — on the 16/17 ski, Rossignol marked two recommended mount points, the “All Mountain” line (-5.65 cm behind true center), and the “Freeride” line (-7.65 cm behind true center.
But on the 17/18 ski, Rossignol only marks one recommended mount point … and it is basically back at the “Freeride” line on the 16/17 ski.
What makes that particularly interesting to us is that we really liked the 16/17 Super 7 HD on the more forward “All Mountain” line, and recommended that mount. To be clear, that wasn’t because we particularly disliked the more rearward mount, we just thought the ski felt quite balanced and quick at -5.65 cm.
Anyway, Rossignol seems to have felt differently, or maybe they just flipped a coin. We don’t know, but this is something we’ll be weighing in on.
Now that we’ve covered what stays the same and what changes, here’s a look at some of the primary skis we’ll be considering as comparisons to the 17/18 Super 7 HD:
(1) The 16/17 Super 7 HD: Duh. We’ve compared them on paper, and we spent a good bit of the spring A/B-ing them on snow. Stay tuned.
(2) DPS Wailer 112 Alchemist: We’ll weigh in on these two celebrated powder skis, that also happen to be two skis that are stiffer through their midsection then some folks might realize.
(3) Blizzard Rustler 11: The two skis come in at a similar weight — 2006 & 2011 g for the 188 cm Super 7 HD, 2034 & 2052 grams for the 188 cm Rustler 11 — they have very similar dimensions, and they have the same stated sidecut. So how similar or different do they perform on snow?
(4) HEAD Kore 117: While the Kore series has received a lot of attention for its lightweight construction, Rossignol might like to have you know that their 188 cm Super 7 HD is exactly in line weight-wise with the 189 cm Kore 117, which comes in at 1973 & 2020 grams. I’m not sure how many people are considering both the Super 7 HD and the Kore 117, but maybe you should be.
(5) Salomon QST 118: How does the new Super 7 HD compare to Salomon’s widest ski? And is the QST 118 more similar to the Super 7 HD or the Super 7 RD?
(6) Rossignol Super 7 RD: This is worth noting — the Super 7 RD did not get “100% redesigned” for 17/18. And we are totally fine with this, because the Super 7 RD is great and didn’t need to be redesigned. But the question is how similar or different the new Super 7 HD is from the Super 7 RD.
Bottom Line (For Now)
“100% redesigned” can mean a whole range of things in the ski industry. In the case of the “all new” Super 7 HD, the primary updates seem to be construction changes, especially around the tip and tail of the ski. And we don’t mean to downplay construction changes — such tweaks can certainly lead to durability improvements and performance differences.
So we’ll be weighing in soon to note how how significant or subtle we’ve found these changes to affect the new Super 7 HD’s performance on snow.
NEXT: The Full Review