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Rossignol Hero Master R22 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB
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Best ski 2019

PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

The ski is identical to Dynastar’s Speed Master GS R22:

Already a medal winner last year, the Hero Master with the R22 race plate confirms its superior performance this year.

This ski, along with the Speed Master GS R22 which is its twin, is head and shoulders above its rivals in this "Giant Slalom" category where we're mainly looking for high-performing but accessible skis for a non-race public.

The skis stand out above all for their exceptional performance including at high speed on hard pack. In addition, they grip like glue.

Incredibly efficient, the Hero Master R22’s intuitive performance and smoothness is awesome. The ski effortlessly "rolls out the turn" without any special steering needed. It's also very reassuring, grip is faultless and riders are amazed at the speeds they can hit.

Obviously, it's a bit more demanding in shorter radius turns, but it's still globally efficient.

Featuring the group's R22 plate, Rossignol’s Hero Master R22 and Dynastar’s Speed Master GS R22 are exceptional skis that we recommend for a wide range of skiers. Good and very good riders will discover a superbly efficient and forgiving ski that will help them to improve their performance and hone their technique. Expert riders and athletes will find that this ski gives them a great deal of pleasure, but is more versatile and intuitive than a true "FIS" race ski.

Review: Pros

  • An adrenalin-boosting machine
  • Exceptional performance
  • Phenomenal stability and grip
  • Reassuring, forgiving and relatively accessible
  • Feisty rebound at the end of turns

Review: Cons

  • It’s only natural, the ski is less comfortable and more demanding (but competent) in tight turns

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
16.4

Who's it for?

Good → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

Racing has been a state of mind for Rossignol since 1907. More than a century of innovation and emblematic history. More than a century of victories, medals and glory. Today, Rossignol's investment in and passion for racing is clearer than ever. Whether for a world champion or an amateur competitor, the latest HERO collection expresses and conveys the renowned competitive spirit, the excitement of the starting block, the need for speed, and the sweet smell of victory… With its cutting-edge technologies, its innovations approved by top athletes and its competition results, HERO invites every rider to experience the adrenalin rush of crossing the finishing line and stepping onto the podium, arms raised high in triumph… to enjoy Another Best Day.

Features of the Hero Master R22

Brand : Rossignol
Model : Hero Master R22
Year : 2019
Family : Giant slalom
Size tested : 180 cm
Tip size : 116 mm
Waist size : 70 mm
Tail size : 98 mm
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