One of the best powder skis of all time just got better. The knock against the old Super 7 was that it felt underpowered when you pushed it hard through chopped snow and windbuff—there just wasn’t much dynamic rebound or “pop” to the ski. The fix? Another new freak fiber called Carbon Alloy Matrix that acts like a sheet of metal, but without the added weight. At our Silverton Mountain Pure Powder test, we found you could hang the new HD version of the Super 7 way out there in a big mountain turn, stomp on the apex, and rocket through the transition.
Swami gripe: More buying advice than griping: While you tend to ski the Salomon QST from tip to tail, with the Super 7 you tend to ski from beneath your feet and surf the pow. Choose accordingly.
Swami like: “All the surfy fun of the old Super 7, but with way more guts,” said a tester.
Overall: 5.0 Float: 4.8 Firm Snow Survival: 4.8 Dimensions: 140/116/130