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Rossignol Hero Elite ST TI R22 review 2020

Best ski 2020

PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The Proskilab reviewers came back from the tests of the Hero Elite ST Ti with huge smiles on their faces! This year, the model was fitted with its R22 "race" plate (like its twin from Dynastar). It must be said that the ski offers an exceptional performance–accessibility ratio.

It only takes a few metres to notice that we are dealing with a ski with a well-tempered "slalom" personality. The Hero Elite ST TI R22 shows all the qualities expected in this category: trigger speed, edge-to-edge transition speed, grip, curve precision, and rebound at the end of turns. We are not disappointed, nor even surprised by this diabolically effective ski, "very good and very solid underfoot" that is brimming with energy.

High performance, the Hero Elite ST TI R22 nevertheless remains very accessible, "easy", "healthy" and tolerant for this category, very pleasant to use on a daily basis. It is also a versatile ski for this category that makes it possible to fluidly alternate very dynamic handling with cooler slid paths, on tight and wide curves.

The reviewers nevertheless found that the ski was skied on the front to allow for a "good closing of the curve".

The Rossignol Hero Elite ST TI R22 and the Dynastar Speed Master SL R22 (with very similar, if not identical behaviour) are not the most effective skis on the market. More than weapons to make fast times, they are very sporty skis with an exceptional accessibility–performance ratio.

The performance/accessibility/versatility mix makes it a fun machine. The ski seems to be subject to the good will of the skier, comfortable in all circumstances, never putting them in difficulty and giving a lot of sensations. The comments of the reviewers are eloquent: "excellent ski", "biggest favourite among the skis tested this year", "such a level of performance that's so accessible, it's amazing!"… Anyway, this ski excited the reviewers.

The Hero Elite ST TI is a very progressive ski.
A "leisure" slalom ski par excellence, it will delight a great number of skiers, from the good skier who wants to progress towards the performance of "tight curves" or competitions, to expert skiers who prefer fun rather than pure performance.

The edge lines of the Rossignol and the behaviour are so close to those of the Dynastar that we wanted to consider them as one and the same ski. The Rossignol seemed a little more accessible to us and the Dynastar a little more solid on its supports and better performing, but the differences are really minor and may be due to the preparation of the skis.

Review: Pros

  • General performance
  • Excellent performance–accessibility ratio
  • Curve handling
  • Grip
  • Excellent versatility for a ski derived from competitions
  • Passage between cut/slide handling
  • Pleasure and sensations guaranteed

Review: Cons

  • None

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
Stability/turning performance
Short turn performance
Long turn performance
Skid turn performance
Snow contact
Soft snow fluidity

Who's it for?

Good → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

The latest HERO ELITE ST Ti, directly inspired by a slalom race ski, will delight technical racing fans. The revolutionary Line Control Technology combined with a 68 mm width underfoot and a short radius are guarantees of precision, power and a fast edge-to-edge transition. LCT technology provides maximum stability to the ski, allowing for unrivalled constant line control and optimal path selection.

Features of the Hero Elite ST TI R22

Brand : Rossignol
Model : Hero Elite ST TI R22
Year : 2020
Family : Slalom
Size tested : 167 cm
Tip size : 122 mm
Waist size : 68 mm
Tail size : 104 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 13 m

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in La Clusaz, France, March 2019