2020 Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti

Skiers looking to make some serious turns out there need to check out the 2020 Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti. For pretty much all of us, a true World Cup race ski is just too much. Companies have been doing a great job over the years in making race-type skis that are more accessible to the masses. This is right where the Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti comes in to play. Whether you’re a beer league star or an early-morning groomer ripper, these skis are built to carve. They’ve got pretty short turn radii, with the 174 carving a 14-meter arc. This is pretty quick, so be prepared to be on edge pretty much all the time. Slight tip rocker helps get into the turn, but not much else. These are certainly best suited for the smooth and groomed, and on those mediums, they are simply amazing. With a 78 mm waist width, they’re on the wide side for a carver, but are still torsionally stiff and ready to hold some serious edges. Our testers generally loved the hard snow carving ability of the Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti, and the market is certainly there for skiers looking for a recreational racer to create some serous G-forces.

Ryan Daniel is one of our testers with a racing background, so he’s a great person to have on the Elite Plus. He skied the 174 which has a turn radius of 14-meters, and Ryan picked right up on that. It’s definitely got some slalom heritage in it, but the wider waist makes it seem like an all-around carver. Ryan gave the Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti 4’s out of 5 for stability and forgiveness. The tip is wide, at 130 mm, so this makes for a more flexible entry to the turns. With a shorter radius, you can feel the whole ski bend, creating a round, clean arc. Ryan calls it “a lot of ski for such a short ski” meaning that the Hero Elite Plus Ti has a ton of stability to it. In order for Ryan to get the best performance out of it, he “had to give it everything he had to hold an edge.” So it’s got a pretty high-performance ceiling, and a lot of skiers who don’t have a racing background could find some challenges.

Marcus Shakun also skied the 177, and being a tall guy, he obviously found it to be short. As such, his scores of 5 out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, and torsional stiffness are unsurprising. Also receiving high scores of 4 out of 5 were stability and overall impression. If you’re overall impression is that these skis are stable and quick, that’s a good thing when it comes to a carving ski. Given its width at 78 mm underfoot, skiers might be inclined to use it as an all-mountain ski, but it’s really more at home on the corduroy. “I took it off-trail and it wasn’t forgiving—too stiff in the tail. It’s not versatile, it really is a front-side carver for advanced and expert skiers.” Fair enough! But in its element, the Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti is “really fun and lively on-trail and stable at all speeds!” For a carving-specific ski that excels in race courses and on firm groomers, what more could you ask for?

The build and performance level of these skis are pretty fantastic for their intended purpose. While certainly not a powder or mogul ski, these boards are perfect at carving deep, round turns on hard snow. They’ll hold an edge and rip the groomers to shreds, so if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2020 Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti.

Testers

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive freeride with freestyle background

Ryan Daniel

Age: 36Height: 5'11.5"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and carvy

11 Comments on the “2020 Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti”

  1. Hi,
    Skiing on Pursuit 16 TI 170cm for a fews years, i love carving at high speed and quick turn sometime.
    Witch lenght should fit for me, i’am 5’8″ 180lbs.

  2. Just took the Elite Plus TIs for their first run last night. Awesome ski. Wants to hold turns for as long as you push them and pop out controllably through transition. Short and long turns alike. I am not a World Cup Racer but love the short turns these skiis delivered. Thank you Santa

    1. Hi Andreas!
      I think the 174 is the way to go in that ski. 181 would cater to your longer turn needs, but 174 for more turn shape versatility. Have fun!
      SE

  3. I’m a 5′ 9″ advanced skier at 140 lbs. I like the short turns and ski a small mountain. What length would you suggest for me and what is the difference between the MT Ti and the Plus Ti?
    Thank you,
    Doug

    1. Hi Doug!
      The Plus is wider by 4 mm and has a slightly shorter turn radius. This offers you a bit more versatility versus the narrower and grippier MT. In the Plus, I’d look to the 167. Have fun!
      SE

    1. Hi Dean!
      The width is the big one, along with the more rockered profile of the Deacon. Being 6 mm wider in the waist and with tip and tail rocker, the Deacon 84 has a lot more versatility built in. Additionally, the titanal frame of the Deacon gives it more playfulness versus the more one-diemensional, race-inspired Hero Plus. If you’re more of an all-mountain skier, I’d go with the Deacon, but if you’re using this for a specific on-trail, race type of ski, the Hero is a better choice. Have fun!
      SE

  4. hi SE, team,

    looking for a mainly piste to sometimes off piste ski to fill in non pow days in Utah. have a number of skis but all 100+ waist.

    Demoed Rossi Hero plus TI and loved it but concerned its turn city all the time and may not be as much fun skiing with my kids. Thoughts on Deacon 79 or 84 vs. the Hero plus TI. I do want to progress the carve game but won’t be racing anyone.

    background is east coast skier, former racer, definitely prefer off piste but learning to enjoy groomers again, age 49 / 5’8”/ 150 lbs. had tiger sharks years ago but don’t want to have to be pushing that hard all the time.

    Leaning towards one of the deacons and thinking in the 167-172 range. my 100+ skis are 179-184, my atomic bentchetlers kind of fill my everyday ski now and work well just need something more stable and piste focused that can do alot.

    thanks for the recommend
    🍻

    1. Hi Ryan!
      If you’re a former racer, I fear the 79 will lack the high end. The 80 or the 84 are better choices, and between those the 80’s glass frame and narrower waist make it an easier turner, but still with a big performance level. For more of the race-ski like feel, the 84’s metal frame gives the stability and grip without the total commitment required from skis like the Hero. I’d go with the Deacon 84 for sure, still a very strong carver but borders on having true all-mountain performance as well. I’d go 172. Have fun!
      SE

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