Rossignol Sky 7 HD 2018
The Rossignol Sky 7 HD has a slightly new construction but is
extremely similar to last year's Sky 7 HD. It has a new carbon alloy matrix
that improves dampening and power along with its 98 mm (in the 180cm) waist it
is truly an all mountain ski, quick, lively and fairly decent in long turns. It
has a silky smooth ride. I found it to have just OK edge hold on hard snow
definitely a ski that you want to keep sharp.
The 2018 Rossignol Sky 7 HD has a new Air Tip 2.0 which is
now lighter and stronger. This air tip material is in the tip and the tail and
helps lower swing weight and reduce vibration. The Sky 7 HD has a
Paulownia wood core with vertical side walls plus it has a carbon alloy matrix
which is a blend of carbon and basalt fibers giving it more power, stability
and shock absorbing properties.
The Rossignol Sky 7 HD is essentially the little brother to
the soul 7 HD. The main difference is that it's 8 mm narrower. The
construction, and the side cut are exactly the same. So for all practical
purposes its key is the same as the Soul 7 HD. The basic difference, since it
is narrower, is that it's a little quicker from edge to edge, feels a little
lighter and easier to turn. On the negative side the Sky 7 HD isn't quite as
stable at speed. It won't float in powder quite as well. And won't be quite as
good in crud and junk just because it doesn't have quite the mass as the Soul 7
Overall, I found the Sky 7 HD to be a fun ski that's decently
quick and somewhat stable at speed. Great for the intermediate through easy going
expert level skier who is looking for a ski that's forgiving and easy to ski.