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Rossignol experience 88 ?

post #1 of 12
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I live on east coast but ski often on West; I am thinking of purchasing Rossignol experience 88; It suppose to be good all mountain ski, high performance, medium turns, good on groomers and powder, has anyone tried them ? thank you

post #2 of 12

Do a quick 'search' first... there's a lot of information about the E88 in a number of previous posts. It'd also be good to know more about your ability level and weight.

post #3 of 12

i tried them at the end of the season for an afternoon last yr and  didn't enjoy them at all

... to be frank I couldn't wait to return them.

 

....  were way too directional...I felt as soon as i applied any pressure to turn the skis they just snapped out to the direction intended...felt I had little navigational control, with no middle ground...never have I experienced such a directional ski, to be frank.

 

this said, I am sure that there are plenty of owners who love 'em too, so to each their own.

 

just go out and experiment and see if it fits...

 

there is no one perfect ski for everyone, afterall: only one that is perfect for your particular style, quirks and abilities.


Edited by canali - 10/10/12 at 5:37pm
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Re. Canali's post above... that's what some of us call "quick". 

But everyone is different -- some like to carve short turns, others "surf" the mixed with longer, swoopier lines. 

I tried them at Snowbasin last year on a hardish-turning-to-cruddy-ish day in March.  I liked them a lot.  But I'm a eastern skier who tends to want to carve everything, even crud and powder.  I found them quick and strong on the groomed and forgiving of deeper mank/crud in the off-piste.  It is not a loose, playful ski; it tends to want to be driven and it clearly returns input. 
If I were looking for a ski for mixed conditions in the east, I'd definitely be happy with these.  If I skied 50/50 piste in the west, these might be the ones.  But they are not really built for much deeper than boot-top at most.

post #5 of 12

I just picked up a pair of these skis myself but I plan on using them as an East coast ski and perhaps a non-powder day West Coast ski.  I don't see them as the ski to handle deep powder, but then at most I will likely get 7 days out West in a year and close to twice that many out East.

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Thank you guys, I will try to do more research and also demo them; I was just looking at Fischer Hybrid, sounds interesting ski

Fischer always try to do something different

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MarkoJP I am female, 5 feet 8inch, 142lbs, advanced skier, i ski 40days a season

From 1-10  I would say 7-8

thank you

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Originally Posted by giga1002 View Post

MarkoJP I am female, 5 feet 8inch, 142lbs, advanced skier, i ski 40days a season

From 1-10  I would say 7-8

thank you

 

I know a couple of women who ski the E88/Temptation 88 (same ski, different graphic), one being a level 3 PSIA type full time instructor who is probably 10lbs lighter than you, but a solid level 8-9. Given that you're skiing 40 days a year, and assuming that you're fit and pretty strong, they seem like a very reasonable choice. You're thinking the 162? Also wire 'trekchick' for her thoughts. You might also like the Blizzard 'Black Pearl'. 

 

I always feel a little odd about men giving women ski choice advice. More shops need knowledgeable women on the sales floor, that's for sure!  smile.gif

post #10 of 12

I had them for a few months last year during our "dry season" and really liked them. I will say that the snub nose can plow in heavier manky snow bit past that, the E88 rocks. 

post #11 of 12

Not trying to derail here, but Phil how would you characterize the E88 for a heavier skier and/or charger?  Might it get a bit squirrely? I read in a couple places it's better suited to lighter people.

post #12 of 12

I love the Experience 88.  I'm a big guy... 6'2" and 285lbs and I ski the 186cm.  I can "snap" quick turns with these skis.  The difference between my K2 Chargers and these are night and day.  The Rossi's are my favorite skis, hands down!  While they're a little bit on the long side for the bumps, they are pretty darned maneuverable for a longer ski.  I primarily ski blacks in Maine and NH ski areas.

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