Title: So uhhh, Are you Experienced II?
Length/size Tested: 180
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Sugar Bowl
*Runs Taken: 6
*Snow Conditions: Manky/mixed conditions
*Demo or Purchase: Demo
Summery (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
[copied from E88] 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. [/copied from E88]
Strengths: Power, with Rossi's "Cascade" tip, this ski rocks. The E98, although a quick glance on paper, you would think this is just a 98mm version of the E88, not the case. The 2012 Rossi Experience is a much more powerful football playing ski than it's band camp little brother, the E88. Not that either of these extremes are good or bad, but these skis are totally different. The E98 at 10mm wider in the waist and only 5mm wider in the top and a TR at 20M at 180cm, the dimensions are much more in proportion and balanced.
Weaknesses: Where the E88 is not for the powerful, the E98 is not for the meek, the E98 needs speed to get up and going. The subtle early rise (tip and tail) helps initiation but again the ski does need a bit of speed to come alive.
Other skis considered in class: Kastle BMX98, Blizzard Bonafide, Nordica Enforcer, Line Prophet 98, Volkl Mantra
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)