Title: Rossignol E88
Length Tested: 178 & 186
Camber Tip & Tail w/camber
Mount point: Suggested (boot center)
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test:JHMR
Number of Runs:178 6 runs, 186 8 runs
Snow Conditions: Groomers, Icy bumps, Refrozen Crud
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight:5'10", 175 lbs
Ski Days/Season: 100+
Years Skiing: 30+
Current Quiver:188 S7, 172 Contact Limited, 176 Gotoma, 176 Sumo
Home Area: JHMR
Preferred Terrain bumps, off-piste, trees
Really nice skis! I liked them a lot, but liked the E98 much better. I skied the 178 for a few hours and then skied the 186 for a few hours the next day. Both skis had great edge hold and could carve or schmear very well. Neither made great short turns, but the 178 was a bit less work in this area. Both made great longer arcs and as expected the longer ski was a bit damper. Both skis ran smooth at speed and absorbed terrain changes well for me. The ski seemed very quick edge to edge for an 88 waisted ski. The second day was a bit rougher than the first with colder temps and refrozen conditions. I skied some refrozen crud and jagged bumps with the 186 and the ski did well in these not so ideal conditions. I didn't ski bumps on the shorter ski, but expect that it would be a little easier, although the shorter ski might be more prone to vibration in the refrozen conditions.
I skied 1/2 day on the 180 E98 and found it superior to the E88 for my skiing style. I couldn't get a 188 E98 for demo. I also skied a few runs on a 178 Atomic Theory. I have never loved Atomics and found the Theory to be a nice ski, but not my cup of tea. IMO both of the Rossi skis were much better.
I could be very happy with an E88. I preferred the E98.
Very smooth and stable in all of the conditions I encountered. Quick edge to edge with a solid grip. Seems like a solid crud buster
A good choice for a one ski quiver, but probably a bit stiff for optimum powder performance.