Tested with Rossignol Salto F4 boot.
Ease of entry: Good
Ease of exit: Above Average
Performance: Above Average
Snow clog factor: Above Average
Step in on the fly? Blindfolded.
The “So Insanely Simple” tag isn’t far off in describing the Rossi. This is a no-look, straight-down-and-in move, even with some forward lean. A metal bar across the bottom of each midsole holds you in, while a full-length baseplate underfoot supplies toe-to-heel contact. The pull from the midsole feels natural and constant even during rigorous freeriding.
Release comes with the strain-free pull of a single lever on the inside of the foot. It’s simple as well, but not as altogether easy as getting in.
There are some minor complaints, nit-picking, really: having to carry an Allen wrench in addition to the usual screwdriver to make adjustments is a drawback. And there were no numerals marked on the binding discs for hassle-free mounting.
But mostly, this system works-the highback rotates and the heel cup adjusts to ensure you get the fit you like. Snow clog seems to be a nonissue.
Thumbs up: Simplicity is the essence of beauty.
Thumbs down: Uhh, not a lot.
These companies also make boots compatible with the Rossignol system: Emery, MLY, Original Sin.