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When you ski it, you’ll know.

Rossignol designed the S7 Caballero to split the difference between powder-only, reverse-camber, reverse-sidecut skis and traditionally-shaped fat skis, and the result is one of the most hotly-anticipated planks of the season. The S7 has a fat, rockered tip and tail profile, with an early taper at both ends for surfy, smeary pow turns with minimal hooking. Underfoot, traditional sidecut and camber let you not only make it back to the lift, but do so with style and ease. A full wood core and traditional sidewall construction give you damp, consistent flex in soft snow, and solid edge hold when you tip it over on hardpack. The whole radical package makes the S7 incredibly well-suited for Western big-mountain backcountry terrain, a quick and responsive partner that plays hard no matter where you find yourself—from waist-deep Solitude trees and chopped-up Squallywood chutes, to fluffy Crested Butte pillows and wide-open steeps at Big Sky. The bold graphic comes courtesy of Mr. Steve Caballero, another icon of innovation in the progressive sports arena and a participant in Rossignol’s Seven Artistic Sins cross-creation program.

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5 5

One of the best ever

Only had 1 day on these, but wow, what a day. These skis are fun everywhere - from 6" of pow in N-facing trees to greasy, sun-baked groomers on south facing. I can honestly say, these are the best pair of skis I've ever ridden.

5 5

Perfect

Love these skis!!

While I wouldn't recommend moguls on these, they excel in EVERYTHING else.
They were surprisingly well on groomers and I was able to carve without the normal issues associated with rockered, reverse-sidecut skis.

But as soon as you hit the powder, you realize what these skis are made for.
They float perfectly and turn effortlessly!!

Get one!!

4 5

Rossignol S7 = Cheater Boards

I finally took a pair of these out for a morning to see what all the fuss was about. Sadly I was unable to ski them in powder, but I imagine they do it quite well. They were quicker edge to edge than I though they'd be, and were silly easy to turn. I normally ski a 176 (though I wish they were closer to 180-182) and the 188 S7 was no problem. Compared to a traditional camber ski, I'd say they ski about 10 cm shorter in feel. I was worried that the big fat tip would feel grabby to me (compared to my fairly straight Dynastar Legend Pros) but the tip wasn't floppy at all.

Frankly, I feel like these are the skis that any Joe off the plane from New York can hop on to ski pow on his vacation and not flail on the traverse and groomers back to the lift. The traditional camber under-foot and side cut make them stable, though I imagine that comes at the cost of the infinitely variable turning radius of a full reverse side cut, continuous rockered (reverse cambered) side cut ski. They do not perform as well as more traditional skis in shallower snow or chalky snow, and certainly not on groomers (though you can get by just fine). The S7 seems like they would not be the best of fatty pow skis. To me the S7 feels like a compromise of a fat ski that is easier to ski everywhere else, but fails to excel in any particular category. It never felt bad, but it just never felt all that good either.

5 5

Best new rocker design

Rossignol really nailed it with this ski design. In my opinion, this is the best new rocker ski design to date. It combines an excellent tapered tip and tail, with a good amount of rocker, with traditional sidecut and camber underfoot, to create a ski that excels in all kinds of terrain. You can charge hard through the deepest of pow and lay down a great carve on hardpack. This is a great ski.

Sherlock-I am skiing on Volkl Go-Tammas...

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Sherlock-I am skiing on Volkl Go-Tammas 176 cm-I thinkd the length is perfect for me-155lbs-expert 54 year old-skiing 40 years-can you give me guidance on whether I should get the short or longer skis(Rossignol s7)??PS-Skiing Mt Hood/Bachelor-Lots of trees-Thanks

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The S7s have significant tip rocker, which makes the extra length very manageable. The 188 will ski shorter than it measures and you're going to be loving the extra float. If you're on the 176 Got, the 188 should be fine for you...

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Please Michael Kern,

I'm seriously...

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Please Michael Kern,

I'm seriously considering this ski, along with the JJ, and possibly the pontoon (I know it's a bit different then the other two.) You seen to be really stoked on this ski so I'm curious what length you got, I'm looking at either the 188 or 195, and how big are you? Just for refrence, I'm 16, 6 foot anod about 185lb, and I'm looking for a ski that can charge in powder and when it gets chopped up, can take some pretty good sized drops, but is still playful.

Thanks

Can anyone tell me how these might compare...

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Can anyone tell me how these might compare to my 09 ObSETHed’s. The s7's look to be an awesome addition to the quiver but possibly too similar to my ObSETHed’s which i skied just about exclusively this past season and now even into early summer!

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Well the S7 skis differently than the ObSeth's, more floaty, and a little touch different in the flex. If you are looking for something pure pow, then these are sick skis, and can even get you back to the chair on the groomers. If you want a very diverse quiver there are other skis more different than the ObSeth's, like Pontoons, but this ski has all the float you need and is super playful at the same time.

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Thanks Shane, you nailed it although the Seth's are most excellent in the Pow i was looking for something more geared toward the deep stuff and was considering a pair of "Toon's" prior to looking into the S7's.

Thank again – Joe

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These are much more versatile than the obseth's. They ski like armada JJ's with a lot more refinement. I found that they hold a line better than anything else I have ever skied in the deep.

These are much more versatile than the obseth's.  They ski like armada JJ's with a lot more refinement. I found that they hold a line better than anything else I have ever skied in the deep.
5 5

2010 S7

The 2010 S7 model is selling on Ebay for 599.00. Thats alot cheaper then last years S7 that backcountry is selling now for 639.00.
Although last years graphics are much tighter.

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I disagree.... next year's graphics are tighter... see my photo above.

5 5

Blown Away

I had been skiing both Armada ARG's and Armada JJ's, this ski replaced both. Rossi has truly taken a step up in my book, they seem to hold every single line you put them on, and have just enough stiffness under foot and in the tail to stomp sketchier lines, but still float with easy in deep pow. The best all around one quiver ski for the West.

Blown Away

Any opinions out there on how the S7 might...

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Any opinions out there on how the S7 might fare on the East Coast? I'm thinking of getting a pair for when it dumps out here. I know it skis well on groomers. But what about the hardpack? Thanks!

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Don't do it unless you've got another pair of skis for non-powder days. Rocker skis aren't fun on hardpack. Period. The S7 doesn't actually ski very well on groomers. In a relative sense, it skis better than most powder-oriented skis, but compared to a ski with traditional camber/sidecut, there's no comparison. If you're only going to ski one ski, but want some better powder performance, I'd look into a look into a fatter ski that still has a regualr cambered profile. The Volkl Gotamas (http://www.backcountry.com/store/VKL0042/Volkl-Gotama-Alpine-Ski.html), the Dynastar XXLs (http://www.backcountry.com/store/DYN0197/Dynastar-Legend-Pro-XXL-Alpine-Ski-08-09.html) which are at an AMAZING price right now, and the Icelantic Shamans (http://www.backcountry.com/store/ICB0004/Icelantic-Shaman-Alpine-Ski.html) are all skis that I've skied, and I can attest to both their powder and hardpack performance. The Icelantics really RAIL turns on hard snow, I felt like I was back on my race skis in NH...

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You should look into next seasons S3's. Similar style of modified reverse camber but a bit smaller in dimentions with what seemsed to be a bit more camber. It was one of my favorite of all around skis during demo days. As far as how the S7 rides in the pow vs the other skis mentioned. Ive tested all of the above listed with exception to the Shaman and I have to say they are not half as fun in the Powder. As far as all round, the S7 will preform well in most conditions, will turn on a dime, solid on the groomers but not at high speed, but who buys the S7 to use it outside of a primary powder ski?

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Yeah, next years koopman's are pretty rad. I can ski the 3 on hardpack and in manky snow without a problem. Its 98 underfoot and I ski it in the 186 and its definitely manageable. I wouldnt recommend going with the seven unless you have more than a one ski quiver but i definitely shralped em in the east on a deep day. However, if youre looking for a great ski for making surf turns in the deep stuff this ski is for you

5 5

Rossignol S7 - Do it all

These skis are far more versatile than I gave them credit for prior to riding them. I had read all of the reviews, blogs, and general hype that this ski had received, but was still leary of its ability to "do everything." In past experiences with bikes and surfboards a "do it all" tool typically means that it CAN do everything decently, but sacrifices top end performance at either end of the spectrum or for a particular task (in this case powder skiing, groomers, steeps, straight-lining, etc.). Anyways, after half of the season at Alta had passed me by I decided to get on a pair and see what they can do. Well it turns out they can do just about everything! The rocker skis pow exceptionally. The tight 17.5m turning radius slays groomers. The fairly stiff flatter section underfoot allows the ski to take speed...even in crud. Again the rocker performs well in spring slush helping to prevent "grabby" snow from pulling you down. These skis even ski well through bumps! All in all I have been extremely impressed not only with their versatility, but with their ability to be versatile and still perform in all conditions. These truly are a one ski quiver for out west. If I do have any one complaint about the ski, it is that is a little too soft for really mocking in my opinion. Luckily with the Super 7 coming out next year, this problem will be alleviated! I'm sold!!!

5 5

#1 Rossi

This is a great everything ski, and opened my eyes to Rossignol after years of neglect. The early rise make floating of the deep a breeze, and so much fun. With a traditional underfoot sidecut makes this ski super versatile, and makes it love to crank turns pretty much anywhere you go. Slashing trees is as easy as thinking about it, and charging hard lines is no trouble. I know a guy that even throws these around the park, better than most guys on park sticks. Super solid base for stomping booters all day. Way to make a comeback into my heart Rossi!

5 5

S7 = S Awesome

These are hands down one of the most fun skis I have ever used. In super deep pow there are some other skis that I would say are more fun, but all in all this ski rides the whole mountain better than almost any other ski out there.

Pros: Turns Crud into Pow, Turns easily but not too easily, Floats well, stomps everything

Cons: Narrower tail makes them feel sloppy on traverses and really hard pack. They don't float quite as well in super deep pow as you would expect them too. Nose flops a little bit.

Similar Items Used: Armada JJ, Moment Bibby

All in All: If you want one ski that can do everything on the mountain (even surprisingly pipe, but not rails) well, then this ski is for you. I would say it is best for someone that skis about 40% crud, 40% powder, 30% everything else. If you ski at Jackson, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Tahoe, or anywhere else similar...check these out for sure!

What size? I'm 5'8" 155lbs and usually...

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What size? I'm 5'8" 155lbs and usually ski 182 4frnt VCT's.

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Well if you are already used to the 182 ski, then stepping up to the 188 isn't that big of a deal, especially with the rocker making the effective edge shorter anyway. But I'm gonna say that the 176 is probably enough of a ski for you, and would probably be more fun to play around on.

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I would go with the 176. I am an aggressive skier with 188s and am 6'1" and these feel perfect for me with just a touch of playfulness.

What size? I'm 5"11", 140, and used to...

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What size? I'm 5"11", 140, and used to all-mountain skis in the mid 170s.

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I would say that if you wanted something a little more backcountry playful, the 175 would be about right, but if you wanted something for deeper conditions and stuff like that, and you ski aggressively, then you could handle the 185. Up to you.

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Well, I'm light and not super-aggro, so I'm usually hesitant to step up to the longest length of any ski, but I feel like with the short sidecut and the big rocker on this thing I might not lose much maneuverability while gaining that much more float. Maybe shorter would be more versatile though?

I am 135 pounds, 5'10" and an advanced...

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I am 135 pounds, 5'10" and an advanced skier. i currently ski on 172 line blends but want a more backcountry/pow oriented ski as well. what size would be best for me seeing as i'm used to around 170 on a normal ski. also, i ski mainly resorts but would this ski work with an AT binding for short tours and resort accessed back country?

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I wouldn't go up to the 188 for you, just because you are a lighter skier and don't need that extra float, so look at the 176. As for getting into the slackcountry, you could definitely do it with these skis, not the best at all for it, but not really a big deal. The best touring binding for it though would probably be the Duke or Baron, because they are made more for slackcountry with bigger skis.

5 5

Holy Crap!

These skis are by far one of the best skis I have ever ridden. The rockered tip and and tail with the camber make this ski one of the most versatile set of boards out there. In the pow they charge and float with no sign of the bottom in sight. Put them on the chop after the amazing pow session and the still charged and just slashed everything left in sight. On the groomers a little slow edge to edge b/c of the waist width but still held an edge and carved great once you got them over there. Awesome ski would recommend them to anyone.

5 5

Feels sooooo goood!

So I don't know what you would define as big, I'm 6'2" and probly around 200lbs with all my gear on and these skis felt unreal! In a good way. I was skiing the 188's and the first run I made with these reqired a nice little hike into the sidecountry to find some freshies that were still untracked. Once I got there and clicked in it was game on, basically what Sage and others have siad earlier applies. My first turns were through tracked up snow and wind lips of various sizes... they were awsome and buttery smooth. Once I got to the good stuff I could not believe how well they floated and how easy they were to play on from short to long turns they did it all! Super surfy and slashable wich I really like and landing on these things is easy. I got some groomers and bumps and crud also and these skis just handled everything better than I thought they would, ecspecially in the bumps. Bottom line is this is probly the most fun powder ski I have been on and I'am not getting paid to say that.

5 5

Sweets Balls

Well I must say that these do indeed tear the mountain a new A. My only recommendation is NOT to mount them +3 if you are a more traditional skier like me. I had to move the binding back to +1 to create more tip so I could get some turns when there is not 12 inches (sorry ladies)....

5 5

Rossignol S7 Caballero Alpine Ski

Super fun, slashy skis that are great in the chop and pow. Really fun

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