Rippin' Rider Preview: Rossignol
whole batch of Rossignol junior equipment arrived last week for our Rippin' Riders
Testing Team. We are busy placing equipment with our hot little skiers - so stay
tuned for some great feedback. In the meantime, here's a preview of what Rossignol
has to offer.
Rossignol junior products
are not just little versions of adult models. Sure they have some of the useful
technological aspects of the adult gear, but there have been changes in material
(softer flex), changes in shape (sidecut), and some features to make your life
In skis Rossignol has downsized
graphics so that junior can get the same look on the slopes as mom or dad. Entry
level skiers choose from two colors of the Cobra Jr. ski. With a quick progression
in mind, the Cobra also has a progress sidecut depending on length (80cm. to 110
cm.). The Bandit Jr. comes in two versions and is a great choice for a first time
freerider. A great flexing ski, this thing can cover the mountain. Once kids can
carve up terrain, they have a choice of the Mountain Viper Jr. or the Power 9
Racing. Both skis have the same sidecut, with the Power 9 Racing being a little
and more race oriented.
Slap some Rossignol bindings
on those skis for added protection. The Axial 100 Race binding has the same DualAction
heal as the adult model as well as automatic height and width adjustment - plus
a removable brake. The Equipe Race also has DualAction, as does the Comp J. The
Equip J is a versatile binding for a broad range of young skiers.
The junior boots are also
packed full of features. The Race 1 Jr. boot matches the race skis in yellow and
black. Power straps, flex adjusters, you name it. The Freeride Jr. is very hot.
Red and white, with a thermo moldable liner, and even a ski/walk mode. It has
the same flex index (50) as the Impact X Jr., which is yellow and black and has
a built-in Carving Utility Band. The Comp J offers three models - two, three or
four buckles, and comes in red or yellow. They utilize bi-injection technology
and have a flex index of 40. The R18's are perfect for the first time skier. Very
soft, lightweight and very easy to get on and off.
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