Title: So uhhh, Are you Experienced?
Length/size Tested: 178
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Sugar Bowl
*Runs Taken: 6
*Snow Conditions: Manky/mixed conditions
*Demo or Purchase: Demo
Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
Strengths: Rossignol is back, sure they never really went away but starting about 2 yours ago, Rossi got serious about making skis that ski very well in all categories just look at the magazine tests last year. With Tim Petrick, one of the smartest minds in the industry at the helm, I am expecting nothing from great things in their future.
With the early rise and exaggerated sidecut 16M (135mm tip ) in a 178cm length, The Experience 88 is one of the shortest turning 88mm skis for next year. At slow to medium speeds, this ski wants to just turn, turn, turn. While this might not be an attribute everyone will want in a ski of this width, but with limited options in narrower skis, this is the carver in the 88 class
Weaknesses: Sometimes a skis strengths are it's weaknesses, if you are a speed hound, this is NOT the ski for you (but definitely the Experience 98 , more on that ski in it's own review). The one area I found a limitation was off piste, while the ski does have early rise in the tip (and tail), I found the snub nose would plow snow and not rise on top. In the heavy snow I was in..I found I almost went over the handlebars because the skis would just stall. Will the person buying the Experience be taking the ski in these conditions, probably not, but it was a limitation.
Other skis considered in class: Kastle BMX88, Blizzard Bushwacker, Blizzard Mag 8.7, Fischer Watea 88
Height/Weight: 5/10" 188
Average days on snow: 0-10, 11-25, 30+ (pick one)
Years Skiing: 0-5, 6-15, 15+ (pick one)