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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.

Along with its twin the Dynastar Speed Master GS R22, this ski outperformed all the other skis in the "Giant Slalom" category where we are looking for high-performance skis that are still accessible to recreational skiers.

The skis stand out for their exceptional performance on hard pack at very high speed. The edge grip is impeccable.

The Speed Master is extremely powerful but at the same time incredibly smooth and intuitive. The ski just "rolls onto the edge" with very little steering effort. The ski also inspires confidence, edge grip never seems to falter, and the speeds it can reach are unbelievable.

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

The Rossignol Hero Master R22 and the Dynastar Speed Master GS R22 both come with the group's R22 plate and are exceptional skis that we recommend for a wide range of skiers. Strong intermediate and advanced skiers will love this very efficient and forgiving ski that will help them to improve their performance and technique. Expert skiers and racers will have a lot of fun on it because it is more versatile and intuitive than a pure FIS racing ski.

Review: Pros

  • A pure adrenaline-boosting machine
  • Outstanding performance
  • Phenomenal edge grip and stability
  • Reliable, forgiving, and relatively accessible
  • Powerful rebound at the end of the turn

Review: Cons

  • As you might expect, the ski requires more effort and is less at ease in short turns, but it still does pretty well.

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 world champions or recreational racers, the latest HERO collection embodies this famous competitive spirit, the excitement of being in the start gate, the need for speed, and the sweet smell of victory… With its cutting-edge technology, its athlete-approved innovations, and its race results, HERO invites every skier to experience the adrenaline 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
Radius for the size reviewed : 21 m

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2018