Rossignol ski sets
From racing to freeriding through all-mountain skiing, Rossignol is occupying the entire mountain with their skis. Let’s focus on two series they made.
Rossignol racing Hero series :
The glory times of the Radical series is over, but the racing isn’t at Rossignol, quite the opposite actually. A new series shows up instead, an impressive one called Hero and derived in three versions, FIS, Master and Elite. They all come with their lot of new techs including the Prop Tech: an upper reinforcement layer of Zicral that maximises energy transfers and enhances manoeuverability. The idea is to make turn initiations more precise without compromising forgiveness.
Since 2013, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has established new norms about the ski radii in competition series. This is why Rossignol worked on the cosmetics of their skis so they express very clearly their radius (on FIS and Master Hero series). The Elite series carries mentions like LT (Long Turn, radius over 15 meters) and ST (Short Turns, radius under 15 meters).
If the ski length (along with the radius) is clearly different from a ST version (shorter) to a LT version (longer), the Hero Elite sidecuts don’t vary that much. Waists size from 68 to 72mm, which isn’t a big gap. However, their construction show some variations: Minicap sandwich structures are featured on all skis, so is the profile with 90% of camber and 10% of rocker, but the core reinforcements are built differently. The Elite series comes with fibreglass on LT, SX and ST versions, with carbon on Elite SX Carbon, and with titanal on Elite ST-Racing, Elite LT-Racing, Elite ST-Ti and Elite LT-Ti. Each materials has its own specifc properties, torsional stiffness, responsiveness, stability...making each ski different and able to handle more or less speed.
FIS and Master skis have waists from 67mm to 70mm on adult models (64 and 65mm on junior skis) and come with a sandwich construction and a titanal reinforced woodcore. The idea is to offer skis that can handle any conditions with ease and deliver high performance at high speed. Special mention for the Hero FIS GS and its 35m turning radius...an impressive beast.
With this new Hero series, we could say Rossignol is going for high quality. These little gems remain super manoeuverable even at high speed and shall make the expert racers happy.
Rossignol Experience series:
Comparable to Dynastar and their Powertrack series which is a blend of the Chrome series and the Cham series, Rossignol releases a mix of the 7-series with the Hero series, called the Experience series, suited for all-mountain skiing.
The lineup includes 8 models featuring versatile sidecuts and waists widths at 75, 77, 80, 84, 88 and 100mm. There are three types of construction used, Cap construction, Minicap and Maxicap and different cores as well, all made of wood but some are reinforced with titanal or basalt and feature technologies inspired from racing and freeride skis.
For instance, all skis come with the Air Tip technology, technology that made the success of the 7 series by the way. The tip and tail are built with a honeycomb structure which reduces weight dramatically. The idea is to enhance floatation without compromising torsional stiffness. Plus, the weight of the ski being in its center, it allows skiers to control it better and maximise performance.