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Comparable ski to Rossignol Experience 88?

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I looking to get a new set of skis this year, I've just made a move from the east to Colorado.  Based on what I have read the Rossignol Experience 88 seems like a good place to start. I would also like to look at other skis that might be in the same class, what other skis should I look at if I am considering the Rosingnol?

 

 

Thanks


Edited by mizzn44 - 11/19/13 at 8:15pm
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Blizzard Bushwacker, Nordica Steadfast, Line Prophet 90, Elan Amphibio 88 XTI, Atomic Panic.  Pretty much every maker has a 88-90mm waist ski with early rise tip and camber.  It just depends on how much tolerance you have for demoing skis.  

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Don't know how much you weigh mizz, nor have any inkling of your ability, but I'd also look at the Blizzard Brahma and Head Rev 85 pro in that 85~90 waist range. A little wider, then add the Nordica Hell and Back. If you're a heavier, stronger skier coming from a race background, add the Volkl Mantra and Rossi E-98. On second thought, I'm taking that all back. Tell us about your skiing, height, and weight.

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Don't know how much you weigh mizz, nor have any inkling of your ability, but I'd also look at the Blizzard Brahma and Head Rev 85 pro in that 85~90 waist range. A little wider, then add the Nordica Hell and Back. If you're a heavier, stronger skier coming from a race background, add the Volkl Mantra and Rossi E-98. On second thought, I'm taking that all back. Tell us about your skiing, height, and weight.

Intermediate to advanced intermediate. 175 lbs, 53 yrs old. That said living a mile from ski area so will be on the snow a buch of days.

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Hey Mizzn44,

 

One of the first questions I like to ask people who are looking for a new ski is: What are you on now, and do you like it? The answer to this usually gives me a pretty good understanding of the type of skier you are, and provides me with a reference point to base recommendations off of.

 

That said, I can tell you that the Blizzard Bushwacker and Blizzard Brahma would be two great choices. Both are 88mm in the waist, feature Blizzard's popular Flip Core technology, and are great all mountain skis. The difference between the two is simply that the Brahma's have metal in their construction which makes them a bit stiffer than the Bushwackers. Both skis would be appropriate, and comparable to the E 88's.

 

Also, on that note, the Rossignol Experience 88's are a great ski in their own right. If that's the kind of ski that you know you're looking for, then I wouldn't exclude it from your list without good reason.

 

Hope this helps! If not, let me know what you've been skiing and maybe we can come up with some more precise suggestions!

 

-Matt @ Skiessentials.com

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If your title means what it says, the obvious answer is the Dynastar Outland 87. Family line similarity, but slightly more rocker, slightly different feel, most reviews say they they're a touch more stable, a touch more demanding, and a touch more friendly to multiple turn shapes and definitely better in bumps and off-piste. Read Dawgcatching's review for more details...

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Hey Mizzn44,

 

One of the first questions I like to ask people who are looking for a new ski is: What are you on now, and do you like it? The answer to this usually gives me a pretty good understanding of the type of skier you are, and provides me with a reference point to base recommendations off of.

 

That said, I can tell you that the Blizzard Bushwacker and Blizzard Brahma would be two great choices. Both are 88mm in the waist, feature Blizzard's popular Flip Core technology, and are great all mountain skis. The difference between the two is simply that the Brahma's have metal in their construction which makes them a bit stiffer than the Bushwackers. Both skis would be appropriate, and comparable to the E 88's.

 

Also, on that note, the Rossignol Experience 88's are a great ski in their own right. If that's the kind of ski that you know you're looking for, then I wouldn't exclude it from your list without good reason.

 

Hope this helps! If not, let me know what you've been skiing and maybe we can come up with some more precise suggestions!

 

-Matt @ Skiessentials.com

I tend to like groomers and big GS turns with some speed. Though not real good at powder, it is something I want to work on. I realy don't enjoy short turns except from time to time to control my speed or on really steep stuff. I have never enjoyed the bumps.

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Im about your same stats, 6' 165. Advanced skier. I skied the E88 and the Bushwacker on the same day last year. With a 16m radius, I found the E88 to be very turny and damp to the point of feeling dead. The Bushwacker on the other hand (19m) I found to be lively, responsive and able to vary turn shapes at will. Conditions were spring glop so not ideal for demos but I did get a good sense of both. IME the Bushwacker sounds like a better fit than the E88. Although the Brahma could be a good contender but I haven't skied it.
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I tend to like groomers and big GS turns with some speed. Though not real good at powder, it is something I want to work on. I realy don't enjoy short turns except from time to time to control my speed or on really steep stuff. I have never enjoyed the bumps.

 

Mizzn44-

 

The part about "big GS turns with some speed," just caught my attention. I think if this is the case, then the Brahma would be a good choice for you. As mentioned earlier, it has a slightly longer radius than the Experience 88, so it'll be more inclined to perform these longer carves that you like. Compared to the Bushwacker, the Brahma is probably the better choice as it'll feel even more stable at these higher speeds. Plus, the Flip Core profile lends itself really well to scrubbing speed quickly. Overall, I think the Brahma is the choice.

 

If I had to make another suggestion though, I think it'd have to be the Kastle MX 88. You might want to hear a few other opinions on them before you spend the cash (they're on the higher end for sure), but I remember being blown away by the way they handled large GS style turns. Really quick from edge to edge, and just locked into a carve incredibly well. 

 

Anyways, hope this helps! Good luck with your search!

-Matt @ Skiessentials.com

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