Rossignol Sin 7 (Ski Only) 2015
Great skis. Perfect for those who love powder and piste - I find they're not as easy to carve as other skis I've tried, but they're wonderful in powder and still great for everywhere else. I've gotten a few scratches on the ski, just through normal use - I think the nice matte finish means they show up a bit more. The honeycomb is also awesome, but they're still not super light. Overall, an incredible ski!
13 June 2015
A revelation on-piste
I bought these skis on the basis that they would normally be used for excursions off-piste whenever possible but would still be adequate on piste. I only started using them in the last week of 4 planned weeks of skiing after my Movement Jams were stolen. Sadly the week I skied on them was mid March and the pistes and off-piste was hardpacked and icy. I confess therefore that that they got no test in off-piste powder but can report that they were a revelation on piste.
Often all-mountain skis that are billed as handling the piste as well as the pow are a disappointment on the hard stuff but these babies rocked. They carved short and long radius turns as well or better than any piste skis I've used, shook off moguls and crud and were stable in high speed schuss's. Indeed until I got confidence in how easily they carved I had a couple of hairy moments over-edging in softer snow. There was a little tip chatter at speed as they are so light but this did not interfere with their stability.
I cannot obviously comment on the performance in powder but write this report so that anyone who is buying them as all-mountain skis and has any doubt how they will perform on-piste will have their concerns dismissed.
Downsides are that they are rather fragile and the bases, top sheet and sidewalls were easily cut but at this price I can accept that and the edges remained sharp even after a week of relentless icy pistes.
If these perform as well off piste as on then they will probably be the best value, best all round ski on the market. Sadly it is unlikely I will have chance to use them again this season but am looking forward venturing into the steep and deep next winter.
I've downgraded the overall performance in soft snow purely because I had little chance to test them in that environment but had to tick they're good for powder as that is what they are basically designed for.
26 March 2015
A thoroughly great al-lround ski
Being an confident all mountain skier mainly using the piste to link to next off piste (when conditions allow). I spent a reasonably long time researching a new set of skis. Finally narrowing it down to a few. The sin7 seemed to always have great reviews and consistent comments. This was backed up by the great guys in the Port Solent outlet that had actually ridden them and confirmed that these were the ones i was after.
These are definitely not a one trick pony either, they are amazingly confident piste skis also, they carve a very good (if not wide) line and grip well in icy conditions. Their ability to cope with varied conditions was the most impressive as they effortlessly ride over the rough stuff.
Overall after a solid full-on week on these I am a very happy with my purchase.
16 March 2015
The near perfect one-quiver ski
I have skied both the 2013/14 and the 2014/15 versions of the Sin 7. Both are fantastic skis and are nearly identical in construction except for the translucent tip on the newest version. Rossignol included the Air Tip technology in the 2013/14 version but did expose or market this fact in 2013/14. Hold a flashlight to the tip and you can easily see the honeycomb construction.
If you're looking for a one quiver ski, try this ski out!
17 February 2015
The ski performs well in all conditions
Just back from the French Alps where there wasn't much fresh snow (until I left). The ski performed very well in all conditions: soft, hard, ice.
The Air Tip Technology means low swing weight and no tip flap when riding at high speeds on piste (due to light weight construction).
The tip and tail rocker profile mean easy manoeuvrability and switch riding. While the camber underfoot holds an edge. I found this ski comfortable wherever I took it.
I was impressed by the tight turning radius (16m on the 172cm) of the ski which makes it playful and agile.
I really like the design but it picks up scratches very easily (for example when a boarder fell on me when I was in a lift queue).
The Sin 7 is great if you need one pair of skis to cover everything but also doesn't feel compromised in performance. It is also great value for this kind of ski.
I would recommend the Rossignol Sin 7 to an advanced skier who wants to access all of the mountain: it is a freeride ski with all mountain capabilities.
29 December 2014
These skis are a HUGE improvement over last year's model. These are near the bottom on the line for full on powder use but these are a perfect overall ski. They will work great in everything except for those knee high powder days. Personally, I think this more of overall all mountain ski than the Soul 7.
02 January 2015