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Rossignol E88 vs. Temptation 88

post #1 of 11
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Hi Guys, 

 

I've been hearing and reading tons of hype about the Experience 88 skis, and I'm actually considering picking them up for myself (female skier). I see Rossi makes the Temptation 88 for the ladies, but when I read the reviews it seem the temptation is a demanding ski for experts only, yet the E88 is said to work for a wide range of skiers with top marks in every category imaginable. The E88 seems like the way to go male or female.

 

Did Rossi make the men's skis much differently than the womens? Or is this a perception issue, maybe due to skier weight etc? 

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Originally Posted by Covie View Post

Hi Guys, 

 

I've been hearing and reading tons of hype about the Experience 88 skis, and I'm actually considering picking them up for myself (female skier). I see Rossi makes the Temptation 88 for the ladies, but when I read the reviews it seem the temptation is a demanding ski for experts only, yet the E88 is said to work for a wide range of skiers with top marks in every category imaginable. The E88 seems like the way to go male or female.

 

Did Rossi make the men's skis much differently than the womens? Or is this a perception issue, maybe due to skier weight etc? 


It is pretty much the same ski. The Temp 88 is a sweet ski and just looking at it, it visually is a bit more technically oriented ski but with the early rise in the tip and tail makes the ski versatile. If you are looking for an 88 waisted ski that is 50+% frontside biased, the Temptation should be at the of your list. If you want the same waist that is more off piste oriented, the Blizzard Black Pearl and Fischer Koa88 might be an option. But the Temptation 88 definitely is a "type A' personality ski and there are not enough of these out there for the ladies. 

 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks Phil! 

 

skis.com shows two very different ability ratings for the male and female versions. Is this assuming that women are not as good at skiing this ski? I know this is a delicate subject but plainly I'd just like to know. If there is zero difference I'd likely go for the men's version for resale purposes. 

 

http://www.skis.com/womens-skis-without-bindings/c735/rossignol-temptation-88-womens-skis-2012-p227517.html

http://www.skis.com/mens-skis-with-bindings/c1000003357/rossignol-experience-88-skis-with-rossignol-tpx-axium-120-l-bindings-2012-p227476.html

 

Any ladies tried the E88 already? 

post #4 of 11

Hey Phil...  I know you wrote a review about the E-98.  It looks like you demoed the 180.  I was talked into the 188 in that ski by my "sponsor".  He thought with my skill level and skiing style the 188 would be better for me even though I weigh about 170 and Rossignol recommends the 188 for people over 200.  I was convinced based on my experience with the 188 S7 which I wouldn't want to ski any shorter and could ski longer and stiffer.  It seems like the E-98 has a 70/30 rocker vs the S7s 50/50 rocker.  The logic was that the 188 will ski shorter because of the tip and tail rise.

 

You have seen me ski and have actually been on this ski.  What do you think?  Of course the order has already been placed and I know it will work out just fine even if the 180 might have been easier.  I'm not "paying" for the skis, so I'm psyched either way.  I'm looking forward to being on a big burly ski again.  I've been running shorter skis and doing well with them since starting with PSIA.  The short skis helped me learn to be more patient at the top of the turn and forced me to stay more centered on the ski.  When I have demoed longer models in the last few years I've noticed that I ski them a lot better than I used to, because of my time on the shorter boards and greatly improved technique.

 

I have too much time on my hands and am watching the WRODs slowly growing.  Should be making turns in a few weeks with my new boots and skis.

 

I know you will hate this, but I'm going to use some of my WROD time this season to beef up my snowboarding chops and become certified as a SB instructor.  I don't intend to do much with it, but I sometimes work with mixed groups and would like to be certified to at least level 2 in all three disciplines.  At my SS we do get paid more for having multiple certifications and raising the bar.


Edited by tetonpwdrjunkie - 11/9/11 at 8:31am
post #5 of 11

Phil, does the Rossi Experience model come more or less from the now eliminated B series? Certainly the rocker is new, but is the construction the same or similar? I ask because in the B-Squad, the 100mm pro model of the B series, the construction was slightly different in the different lengths, use of metal and wood and core thickness varied to make a series of skis that grew stiffer in the longer lengths, like no metal (164cm), 2 layers metal (174cm), and then a much thicker core for the models longer than that, which were among the stiffest skis ever made for general use, etc. Since I bore my own skis, I see what comes up with the drill bit, and fixing core shots I see if there is a bottom layer of metal. Judging by feel, I didn't ever own them, the B-1 thru B-4 was not stiff, and likely had no metal.

 

I mention this, because if Rossi is sticking with that approach, a 188cm Exp 98 could be an entirely different build than a 180cm Exp.

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I was told that the E series has it's roots in the B-squad series.

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Thx, that figures. Then it is likely that it is really about three different builds. Which I think is a good thing. Back with the B-Squad, they even made a 184 and a 186, 194 (?), the reason being, the 186 was the first length to get seriously stiff and heavy, a quantum leap so to speak, where the 184 was very similar to the 174. Convoluted posts by me, but I was really involved with that ski, my son and I both ski them (he the 174, me the 164) and think they are really top level. They were one of the last square tail skis made. ha! only I could care, right? ha,ha

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I was told the opposite - that the E series is nothing like the B series. Go figure. 

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I was told the opposite - that the E series is nothing like the B series. Go figure. 



The E series has nothing in common the the B series. 

 

TPJ, the E98 skis big, I think you would would have been very happy with the 180 and even the 172eek.gif more so than the 188 but get out and rip on it. 

post #10 of 11

Thanks for the feedback Phil.  I can't really believe that 172 would be better for me on a ski with 30% rocker.  I am prepared to face that the 188 might not be as good as the 180.  For example, I had fun on the 176 S7 when I demoed it, but knew right away that it was too short for me to be on all the time.  We will see soon.

post #11 of 11

Hey, tpj.

 

I just sent you a pm about this question.

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