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Rossignol S3 Skis 2012

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Rossignol S3 Skis 2012: The Rossignol S3 Skis are a narrower-waisted version of the S7. Sharing the same Powder Turn Rocker as its big brother with low camber underfoot and high tip and tail rocker; the S3 is a versatile all-terrain vehicle. Powder Turn Rocker provides amazing floatation, tracking and an efficient angle of attack that gives skiers effortless steering and instant speed control. At 98mm underfoot, the S3 is a functional and lightweight all-mountain powder ski that is incredibly maneuverable, easy-to-steer and forgiving. Whether using an Alpine, AT, or freeheel bindings, the S3 has the quickness and agility perfect for poaching secret stashes in and out-of-bounds. It is a versatile adventure ski and the ideal lightweight powder tool for skiers who love exploring all of the nooks and crannies on the mountain.

Product Details

Shape

Powder Turn Rocker has low camber underfoot while tip and tail feature high rocker. Camber underfoot delivers power, energy, and edge grip for groomed snow. High rocker tip produces more floatation and effortless powder skiing, high rocker tail is pin-shaped for easy steering and instant speed control.

Centered Sidecut features a unique tapering tip and tail with short sidecut directly underfoot. Deep radius gives edge grip and power underfoot while short length of sidecut allows easy steering and playfulness.

Construction

Traditional sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls creates direct edging pressure.

Spoon Tip technologyis a spoon-shaped tip for maximum floatation; tip profile is tapered for effortless tracking in deep snow.

Flex

Wood core with fiberglass laminates provide flex, power, and stability and make the S3’s lively.

Binding Compatibility

We recommend a brake width that is equal to the ski waist width and at most 15 mm wider.

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain More 
  • Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber/Rocker More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Tail Type: Full Twin Tip More 
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Size (cm) 159 168 178 186
Tip Width (mm)   124   128
Waist Width (mm)   96   98
Tail Width (mm)   114   118
Turning Radius (m)   17.5   19.8

Reviews

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Rossignol S3 Skis 2012
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good carving ability (6)
  • Great flotation (6)
  • Good grip (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Downhill (6)
  • Powder skiing (4)
  • Groomed terrain (3)
  • Moguls (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Expert (4), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A "B3" for the new decade!

By 

from Spokane, WA

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Smooth Ride
  • Stable at speed

Cons

    Best Uses

    • CRUD
    • Downhill
    • Icy Conditions
    • Powder
    • Powder Pockets
    • Soft snow
    • Telemarking

    Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

    This is a great ski. Rossignol has been know to come out with a quiet hero every now and again. One of these in the 2000's was the Bandit B3&B4 FAT series. That ski was soft but stable and performed unexpectedly well in nearly every condition. It became a ski with a cult following and people still search for and will pay $200 for the 2006 models up for auction. Remarkable for a 6 year old ski.
    The 2012 S3 is possibly the next ski to achieve "cult" status. It simply makes you a better skier. I demoed these three full days this year and they will be my very first purchase of the New Year!
    The tail on these skis stays rock solid edging through hard fast turns but will also follow you unnoticed like a well trained K9 while you float through a couple feet of powder.
    But the real value in these skis is that they are fun! They just make skiing all day a joy. Popping through a pocket of trees, blowing across a groomer to get to a diamond, sailing off pillow tops and landing switch. This ski is fun.

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    • No

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Fun Ski

    By 

    from Bozeman, Montana

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Good Carving Ability
    • Great Flotation

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Moguls
      • Powder

      Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

      This ski is a sleeper, pure fun in all kinds of snow. And in my opinion is probably a better all around and powder ski for most skiers than the S7 or similar 115 plus waisted ski. I demo'ed it alongside the Experience 98 and the S7. I have to say I wanted the S7, but I kept coming back to the S3 because it is just pure fun. Fun on the groomers, fun in the powder, and fun straight lining runs. Although I was pleasantly surprised by how the S7 handled groomed runs, the S3 felt easier to handle and more playful in all conditions. For the average skier (especially east coast skier) who wants a great ski to handle crud and float in powder, while still being fun on the groomed runs my humble opinion is not to be tempted by the super fat ski that is built for the two foot powder day.

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      • No

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      S7 Little Brother?

      By 

      from Stevens Pass

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

      Not quite as much rocker, more traditional carve feel. Not as nimble as the S7 in tight spots but floats well and carves easier than the S7. I bit more overall (all-mountain) than the S7.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      S3

      By 

      from Stevens Pass

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      Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

      Liked them. They did pretty good in the deep snow. Easy to turn on cut up snow.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A real one-ski quiver?

      By 

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Grip
      • Great Flotation
      • Lightweight
      • Quick

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Alpine Touring
        • Downhill
        • Groomed Terrain
        • Powder Skiing
        • Telemarking

        Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

        An amazingly versatile ski that suits me in everything I've thrown at it. I'm 6'1", but at only 150lbs, and the S7s were overkill. Even after a recent 4' storm, I couldn't get the tips to dive under for more than a moment - they just want to ride the surface and push a bow wave of snow. They handle ice with a solid edge, are playful on groomers, push through crud and crust well, all while being a relatively light ski, making them great for a sidecountry AT setup. I noticed I caught my tails a lot the first couple days on them when navigating the lift lines, but I seem to have adjusted to that pretty quickly. The rooster tail effect you get of loose snow coming off the tails when skiing is fun - keeps people back from you.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great all around ski

        By 

        from Tahoe

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Awesomeness
        • Chuck Norris Skills
        • Good Carving Ability
        • Great Flotation
        • Lightweight
        • Smooth Ride
        • Totally Rad

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Groomed Terrain
          • Powder Skiing
          • TREES

          Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

          These skis make me smile every time I ride them. They are perfect for about every situation I've found myself in so far (knee deep powder, trees, bumps and even groomers).

          If you're looking for a ski that can do it all...and do it well, then this is it.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          I love these skis

          By 

          from Boulder, CO

          About Me Expert

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Carving Ability
          • Good Grip

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

              I had a pair of 2010's, they were stolen! Bought another pair that night. The family has bought 4 pairs so far.

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              5.0

              S3 Versatile and playfull all mtn ski

              By 

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Expert

              Pros

              • Good Carving Ability
              • Great Flotation
              • Lightweight
              • Quick
              • responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Downhill
                • Groomed Terrain
                • Moguls
                • Powder Skiing
                • Spring like heavy snow
                • Tracked up powder

                Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

                The Rossi S3 is a very nimble and easy ski to get used to. Just simply click in, and go. Viola! You are now an expert powder skier. It rails groomers. The tip design along with the rocker in the tip and tail, allows the ski to float and move through the powder with great ease. Crud and cut up snow are very easy to ski. Moguls are very easy, as the ski has a buttery feel and the rockered tail is not hooky, like some twin tips.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Super Responsive Ski

                By 

                from New Mexico

                About Me Expert

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Carving Ability
                • Good Grip
                • Great Flotation
                • True all mountain ski

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Downhill
                  • Moguls
                  • Powder Skiing

                  Comments about Rossignol S3 Skis 2012:

                  The Rossi S3 virtually turns itself. At 98mm underfoot, it delivers surprising performance in true powder (12" or greater), yet retains the quickness needed for glades and bumps. Anyone looking for a one ski quiver should consider the S3.

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