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Alternatives to Temptation 88 ? My wife needs new skis

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My wife had a bit of a "brain fart", leaving her Rossignol Temptation 88 skis & poles at the base of the resort & driving home without them.  They now have a new owner, we presume - nothing was turned in to lost & found.

 

SOOooo.... now she needs replacements for these lost skis.  She likes the Temptation 88 skis - they do a good job of busting the crud on-piste. Before she pulls the trigger to purchase another set, I'm wondering if there are alternatives she should consider & demo.

 

She's 60 years young, fairly athletic for her age but at the same time not that coordinated, and a level 6/7 skier who skies probably 45 to 60 days per year.  Most of her time is on-piste.  She hates bumps, but sometimes will do bowls when there is fresh snow.

 

Any thoughts?

post #2 of 6

My wife is pretty happy with her Dynastar Exclusive Idyll, maybe your wife would like to try the Eden which is 85 underfoot, probably more similar to the temp 88.

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My wife seems a lot like yours: 59, level 6-7, etc., etc.  In the past two years, we have rented twice out west, and she LOVED both the 2011 (non-rockered) Kenja and the 2012 Black Pearl.  I know the Kenja has changed this year and did not get the same response from reviewers (YMMV).  This year's Black Pearl was great -- easy, "smart", reassuring.... if she were in the market, she'd buy in a heartbeat.

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Sounds to me like tch is pretty accurate with those suggestions. The one big difference between the Temptation 88, the Volkl Kenja, and the Blizzard Black Pearl is the varying degrees of stiffness. In order from soft to stiff, I'd rank these skis like this: Blizzard Black Pearl, Temptation 88, Volkl Kenja. Essentially, the skis your wife was on are a solid mid-stiff flex. If you're looking at options, you should definitely consider her opinion regarding the flex of the Temptation 88. If she thought they were a little stiff for her, then maybe drop down to the Blizzard Black Pearl. On the other hand, if she found them too soft when she was pushing her limits, then certainaly consider the Volkl Kenja. The Kenja has layers of metal in it, making it pretty stiff in the world of female skis. 

 

Of course if she was totally pleased with the Temptation 88, then there really isn't a reason to keep shopping. As they say, don't fix what's not broken!

 

Hope this helps, and feel free to shoot me a private message if you need more information!

 

-Matt @ Skiessentials.com

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Yah, skiessentials reiterates what most folks do regarding those skis and their flex.  The interesting thing is that my wife liked BOTH the Kenja and the Black Pearl a lot. I didn't flex 'em myself, so I don't know how different they were, but it seemed counter-intuitive that she would like both the stiffer and the softer ski.  Maybe it was the conditions; maybe lack of discernment.  Or maybe they're both really great, workable skis, but just slightly different. 

Good luck.

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The Kenja has layers of metal in it, making it pretty stiff in the world of female skis. 

 

 

... especially in the tail.  I bought my partner a pair for last season and, while she liked them in a bit of fresh snow - maybe 3" (and any ski is good in 3") - she no longer puts sufficient energy into the ski to work the tail of the Kenja in hardpack conditions, and I'll be selling them in the lead up to our next season.  I'm now a keen observer of any thread comparing the Kenja to other comparable skis.  FWIW the LX82 is leading the field as a replacement   

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