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2023 Rossignol Rallybird 92 Ski Review


Rossignol is taking a novel approach for 2023, focusing on condensing its ski lines while also broadening the overall spectrum of their brand. The goal is to help skiers hone in on their ideal ski, they have designated each line to a specific division while expanding skier options. By simplifying the model names in each series, skiers can easily navigate the all-mountain, directional skis versus the more progressive, freeride skis with confidence, ultimately leading them in the right direction. With the Sender series encompassing the main all-mountain/freeride category for men's skis, the Rallybird line is revamping the women’s freeride series, carrying forward many of the Rossignol attributes we know and love while upping the ante in terms of freeride-focused design. Diverging from the Black Ops line and narrowing the focus of each ski, women now have the option of choosing between the Rallybird 92, Rallybird 102, and Rallybird 104 Ti. While the wider of the three contains metal, the narrower and nimbler 92 boasts qualities of a burlier ski while remaining maneuverable and highly versatile.

I had the opportunity to ski on the Rallybird 92 and 104 Ti. Both delivered all-mountain versatility and freeride performance yet with distinguishing differences. Focusing first on the 92, which is the narrowest model in the Rallybird series, and what I consider to be an ideal all-mountain ski for east coast resort and backcountry skiing. Having spent very little time on Rossignol skis in general, I was eager to take them out and put them to the test. As a freeride-focused skier myself, I wanted to get the full experience on this new and improved Rallybird ski, given that it now represents the women’s freeride division for Rossignol. The day I tested the 92s, I was skiing in optimal conditions for the intended use of these skis: packed powder, groomers, and bumps. Before getting into the performance, however, let's take a look at the overall build and shape of this particular model.

AT A GLANCE


2023 Rossignol Rallybird 92 Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

WEIGHT

PRICE

154, 162, 170 cm

14 m @ 162 cm

127 / 92 / 117 mm

1600g @ 162 cm

$599.95


From a construction standpoint, the Rallybird 92 starts with a lightweight paulownia wood core along with Diago fibers and Damp Tech technology. Similar to its predecessor, the Black Ops Stargazer, the construction remains the same in providing lightweight agility and strong downhill performance. Rossignol’s infamous Damp Tech technology, a woven rubber laminate located in the tip of the ski, goes a long way in reducing chatter and unwanted vibrations. This really stole the show for me when speaking to the overall function of the ski, combining consistent smoothness throughout each turn while adding confidence, control, and ease. In order to tackle various conditions on an all-mountain ski, it is crucial to have that cohesive blend between stability and dampness. From slushy, spring conditions to firm and variable terrain, this ski really held an edge throughout and completed clean, strong carves. Bring in the air tip construction, a Rossignol staple from former models, the lightweight quality combined with the lower swing weight and overall maneuverability leaves you with a sturdy platform underfoot and maximum turn control without sacrificing playfulness.

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The shape and profile of the 92 boasts camber underfoot with rocker in the tip and minimal splay in the tail. This gives you optimal flotation when needed, and a long effective edge for confident carving and ski-to-snow contact. Combined with the progressive sidecut and extended core, both maximizing the ability to drive the ski with precision and torsional stability, you get the edge hold that you would expect from a heavier, beefier ski. While I typically enjoy a bit more rocker in the tail, the directional profile of this ski combined with its playful nature left me feeling confident that I would turn to these for a day of bumps and trees at my home mountain, Mad River Glen.

As far as shape goes, depending on which size you choose, the waist width will vary on the length of the ski. Regardless of whether you go with the 154, 162, or 170 cm length, the width underfoot remains in the mid-90s, which for an all-mountain ski capable of handling various snow conditions, is an optimal place to be for a daily driver. The Rallybird 92 is highly capable of floating in fresh snow while still holding firm when encountering bumps, trees and groomers. My testing was done on the 162, which for me is quite a bit shorter than what I typically ski on. That said, I do feel that it skied true to size and exceeded my expectations as far as performance. When I have tested shorter skis in the past, I usually notice immediately that I am overpowering its capabilities and pushing its limits. However, the Rallybird 92 felt up for the challenge, which leaves me saluting Rossignol for finding that perfect balance. Speaking to its agility and poppy nature, similar to the waist width, the turning radius changes slightly as the size goes down, ranging from 12m to 16m. In the 16, the turning radius was 14 meters, which I especially noticed and enjoyed skiing the bumps. I found it effortless to maneuver the skis and transferring dynamic power from edge to edge was very intuitive.

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In terms of performance, I’ll start by saying that I had low expectations given the length I tested and the directional profile. As I mentioned before, I lean towards longer, wider skis with a rocker/camber/rocker profile. However, since I spend the majority of my season skiing and coaching a Freeride team at Mad River Glen, my preference for skis is beginning to shift towards shorter and narrower. I was curious to see how the 92’s would perform in the bumps and trees, given the lightweight core combined with a shorter turning radius and minimal tail splay. The nimble nature of these skis shined when tackling the moguls, allowing me to hop from edge to edge with precision and control. The air tip construction came into play here as well, giving way to a lively flex in the tips and a smooth and easy release in the tails. Light, maneuverable and fun, I had an absolute blast ripping these skis. My only regret was that I didn’t get the chance to ski it in the trees. The high level of responsiveness that I felt on the 92 was a takeaway that is worth noting. Whether you’re driving powerfully into the tips or pressing throughout the entirety of the ski, the flex and contortion are appropriate and predictable. While they felt at home in those conditions, you certainly don’t need to limit them, as I felt solid and stable at high speeds on groomers and upon encountering any variable terrain.

It’s impressive to see what Rossignol has done with their 2023 line. They’ve done a great job diversifying their products while also classifying each into their own specific category. Designating a line that specifically represents women’s freeride skis resembles progression and growth within the industry, which resonates hugely with me. Given my overall hesitation for the Rallybird 92, as I was more drawn to the 104 Ti, I was greatly impressed with the blend of lightweight dexterity, dampness and stability. For a ski that is constructed with a wood core and no metal, it performed with the qualities of a much burlier ski. You certainly don’t need to limit yourself as a skier. They transition smoothly between quick, poppy maneuvers through moguls and grippy, controlled carves on groomers. For the skier looking for a one-ski quiver, one that can tackle the entire mountain in any given conditions, the Rossignol Rallybird 92 is the ski for the job.

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Written by Emily Crofton on 06/08/22

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