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2012 Rossignol Experience 98

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Pros: Amazing stability at any speed in any conditions

Cons: Not very forgiving. Not for the meek. Binding placement is important to get the most out of this ski.

Me:  57 years young, 5 9" 190 LBs Low to mid level Expert level skier.'  Skiing 41 years.  Bought the 180 length and mounted Marker Griffon Schizo bindings set 15mm behind the center mark.

 

Bought this ski to be my western ski vacation all mountain ski.  Was lucky enough to take two trips out west with them last year. 

 

First trip was Mammoth in early Feb during an off snow year.  Conditions were mostly groomed packed powder, hardpack,windpack and some pockets of wind fluff.  No freshies during our week there.  This trip was my first "Experience" with these skis and they did not dissapoint.  With all the firm snow I was glad I chose a stiffer model as these babies just plain held on everything.  They are outrageous carvers on fresh corduroy and yet were nimble enough for some firm bumps.  The occasional pockets of windfluff gave me a taste of what to expect with better conditions. 

 

Second trip was to Big Sky in March.  The first day I was bummed as the weather was warm and the snow sticky.  The E 98's felt very hooky on the groomed packed snow. I had tuned them myself before the trip.  Took them to a tune shop, where I was told I hadn't detuned the tips enough.  Took out my stone and commenced detuning the tips all the way down the rocker tip to the snow contact point.  They felt much better after that more like what I had felt at Mammoth.  Lesson learned with tuning these beasts.  Day 2 was more of the same and then it started snowing followed by 2 days of excellent powder skiing.  The 98's came into their own the more I pushed them.  I was ripping tree lines faster that I ever rememberd.  The 98's felt nimble enough that I never worried about making that turn.  Open bowls they worked well enough, but they are not a true floating ski but I never really wished for anything wider for better float.  Where these skis really shine are high speed runs down the fall line on or off piste where you have the most amazing grip and stability.  I found myself skiing faster than I am normally do and had to reel myself in a couple of times before I hurt myself.  Amazing ski!

 

This year I am heading to Whistler and am very much looking forward to it.

 

Rick G

Posted

Pros: Everything

Cons: Two testers had reservations about short turns

Ski: Rossignol Experience 98
Dimensions: 139/98/128
Tested Length: 180
Turn Radius: 19.9 meters
Price w/out binding: $699.99

 

The Good: Everything
The Bad: Two testers had reservations about short turns

 

Verdict: Absolutely over the top high marks for the Experience 98, with one tester proclaiming the skis was, “Magic, the best by far.” The energy and edge hold of this ski were what excited everyone the most, and a feeling of versatility no matter what the conditions or the style and size of turn. A very smooth turning ski with good response overall.

2012 Rossignol Experience 98
Description:

The new Experience 98 is the superhero of all-mountain skis for advanced to expert skiers. Just imagine ...ski pow all morning, rip groomers all afternoon, both on one super-powered ski. This new breed of wide all-mountain ski will let you float through the deep pow like a big-mountain rock-star and charge the groomers like a racer. The turn shape has a round feel with tons of grip but you never feel locked into the turn and have easy ability to change your trajectory and speed at anytime. Traditional camber underfoot delivers power, energy and edge grip with rockered tip and tail that dramatically improve the turn initiation and floatation in any condition. With a 98mm waist, it glides through powder, yet busts through relentless crud with amazing ease. Bowls, glades, and frozen hard-pack are no match for this new breed of all mountain Do-It-All-One-Ski-Quiver. "2800 carved turns. 450 Powder runs. 31 groomer days. 12 sunburns. 1 SKI." Anything else ? 40% Groomed / 60% Un-groomed

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths172cm, 180cm, 188cm
Dimensions139/98/128
Turn Radius19.9M
Constructionearly-rise
Core Materialwood
Binding System
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Binding
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2012
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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