For 2020/21 Rossignol have tried to rewrite the categorisation of skis, perhaps wisely. Their 'Performance' category encompasses piste, race and traditional all mountain (namely their excellent Experience range). While the new name for freeride, freestyle and touring skis is the 'Creative' category; namely their Black Ops range.
Despite being heavily off-piste biased, and performing superbly in our freeride tests, we wanted to test the Holy Shred against other all-mountain skis, given Rossignol are touting it as an 'all-terrain' vehicle, for "when you see that adventure is all around you."
At 98mm underfoot, the Holy Shred sits roughly where the excellent Sky 7 model was in previous years, albeit with a wider scope for the all mountain user. A full wood core and twin tip construction add to the versatility.
In practice the Holy Shred genuinely is a strong all-rounder and for that reason would be a superb choice for a seasonnaire. It is designed to be super-versatile and it excels in that. Responsive and dependable on piste, freeridey off piste and with a twin tip to suit all mountain jibbers.
It may not have enough pop to appeal to out-and-out freestylers, but that allows for a little extra piste power. It also shreds through and floats over early morning frozen crud!
The Holy Shred is a superb entry into the Black Ops family for anyone that likes a creative approach to their all-mountain endeavours.