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Rossignol s86 being discontinued for 2012

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Hey all, first of I have been checking out this site for a couple of days and have found some very good info so i decided to join up. After checking out skis to replace my old 184 Rossi Bandit X's I decided to jump on some 178 Rossignol S86's. Won't be getting bindings for them until the off season, thinking of some 2011 Salomon STH 14 drivers for a discount. After all of the good reviews I have read I can't believe they would scrap them so fast. I didn't get to demo because around here the demo list is pretty thin. Just wondering if anyone else has any info as to why the shake up.

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The S86 is not a one year wonder, it has previously been in the line. With that said it is a very good ski, don't think you made a mistake buying it now. The replacement Experience 88 is a great (but different) ski. 

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Yeah,I thought it was year two for it,or was it the s87 last year? Either way I was buying it no matter what. I have been on a longer, skinnier semi- free ride, slightly raised back tip Rossi for awhile now with very good results. Maybe that's just the style I like, or maybe I just have not tried enough different variety of ski. I guess I won't know for a while now. I had done my homework and demoed a few skis last year( AC30, AC 50, K2 Apache crossfire,various Nordica Hot Rod series) nothing really jumped to the top of my to do list. I really wanted to try the K2 Rictor but I'm not that fond of them after the manufacturing "switch". I would rather stay on a ski that has always been made in France then one that was shipped over seas to save a buck and increase profit for the probably overly wealthy company man. That's all I will vent, sorry but I work in manufacturing and it is a real possibility for me and my coworkers every contract. Really liked the Line P90 also, but after further review........Yeah , I just found about K2 and Line, Marker now too I think?  Sorry but I'm just a regular guy that likes to rip and shred with any and every one as long as they are true.

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I just bought a pair of S86's also. If they had'nt been discontinued after this year I may have waited and tried some others. But basically the shop had one pair left of the size I wanted, and at a really good price, so I grabbed em. I demo'd them for one day and really liked the ski. They did remind me of the older bandits (B2 I think) I had demo'd in years past, but with better edge grip. In fact I thought they held an edge better and were easier to carve on than my 72mm skis.

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I received my S86s the other day. Guess what. A small dent/ding on the base of the bottom ski in the box. After a closer look I found a little ripple along the edge under the gold inlay of both skis. Just got done sending them back via Fed EX w/ free return label. The tails had jagged edges on the ends also. Looked like they were not trimmed very clean after they were made. They did not have another pair in stock so I will be getting a full refund. Anyone else have a problem with fit and finish on their Rossi S86's?

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