Ski: Rossignol Experience 98
Binding: PX12 Demo Binding
Weight: 205 lbs
Days/Season: About 10 lately
Background: Racer / Competitor - tip to turn
Location: Deer Valley
Conditions: I tried these from the free Rossi demo tent at Deer Valley. I was able to try them in a wide variety of conditions, as DV had received 8 inches of snow the night before. Conditions included soft groomers, very hard icy groomers, cut up crud over ice bumps (under empire lift), and powder over soft bumps in steep trees (centennial off lady morgan).
I liked these skis a lot. They claim to have a bit of tip rocker, but it is barely detectable. Although they have a layer of metal in them, I found the skis somewhat soft. The tips bend readily and they will make SL turns if you have the tipping skills. The ski grips very well in soft groomed snow, but had little grip on icy harder surfaces. There is a good chance that is due at least in part to the [lack of] tune, given that they were demo skis. The skis had almost zero rebound, even when heavily bent, so they are a good choice for finesse skiers.
Offpiste, the skis performed well. They release turns easily and the big, flexible tip makes it easy to stay on top of powder. The 188 skis short in my opinion, and I had no problem getting them around in trees and bumps. If they made a 195, I would like to ski that. They have somewhat of a speed limit in heavy cut-up stuff due to the soft tip. The skis just seemed to make everything easier. They respond well to race-like technique, but they will not punish you if you do not ski that way.
I think many skiers would like this ski. It works quite well on anything besides icy groomers, and does not demand a lot from the skier while delivering good performance in return.
Tight SL turns on a 98mm wide ski. Effortless skiing in tight trees and cut-up powder. Big sweet spot. They seemed to be an "easy mode" tool.
Very strong skiers can overpower the flex. Soft tips can flap at speed. Very little rebound, which is a negative for me but some people may like that. Lack of hard snow grip (probably b/c of tune)
Edited by doublediamond223 - 3/26/13 at 9:53am