Have you ever seen a deal that was so good, you couldn’t pass it up? Yea me too…
I was walking around a local ski swap seeing the usual beat up skis with bindings from the stone age and after a while of rummaging through the racks, I came upon these skis. They looked like they had been skied maybe once before and it turned out they were demo’s for a single day. They had Dynafit Radical Bindings on a demo track making them adjustable to all boot sizes. While this does add a bit of weight, it let me adjust the bindings to my boots very easily, without drilling any extra holes so I’m not complaining.
What is this ski?
The Rossignol Sky 7 HD is an all-mountain/alpine touring ski based on Rossignol’s 2016 Sin 7. What they added to the Sin 7 to make it the Sky 7 is what they call a “Carbon Alloy Matrix.” What this does to the ski is adds some dampening and stiffness for a better feel. This ski also has Rossignols “Air Tips” more commonly known as the honey comb. The point of these is to concentrate the weight of the ski to be more underfoot. This allows for better, easier handling. These skis are rockered on both the tip and the tail making the ski more maneuverable and allowing it to float better on deep days. All of these features make this ski an intermediate to advanced level ski.
– 188 cm long
– 98 mm under foot
– 1800 grams per ski
Dynafit Radical tech bindings set at -1 from center line
My first impression of this ski was how light it was compared to my other skis. I have some Rossignol Super 7s with Marker Duke bindings and the weight difference between those and these is astronomical. That said, these are a fairly light touring ski.
At 98mm under foot, you would think they would perform well all around but in my opinion, these skis excel in soft snow but are very limited when it comes to hard packed and/or groomers. I actually prefer skiing these in powder over my Super 7s. The reason being is they float the same even though the Sky 7s are 18mm smaller under foot and they are lighter than the Super 7s so it’s easier to throw them around a bit. I’ve skied these a couple times in bounds to test them out. They work fine if you are just tooling around but, when you start to charge, they get very chattery. We can thank that carbon weave for that.
All in all, these skis are incredibly impressive in powder for being a “small” ski. The float that the tip and tail rocker provides is incredible. I did adjust the bindings on the demo tracks so that the midsole of my boot is at -1 because when it was on the center, I felt like my tips were going to dive. Rossignol skis have a reputation for having a recommended center line that is more forward than most people like.
This ski is an excellent choice for an all around backcountry touring ski. It floats well, it’s light, and you don’t get much hard packed when you’re skiing out of bounds. Would I put alpine bindings on this ski and use it as an everyday in-bounds ski? No, I would not recommend this because the ski chatters and doesn’t feel as stable on groomers/hard packed snow, especially when you get up to speed. This ski is very easy to maneuver and turn making it a great intermediate ski for backcountry touring.