Product: 2014/2015 Rossignol Experience 100
Length Tested: 182 cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 140/100/130 Turn Radius 18m (In the 182 Length)
Camber (select one, delete the rest): Mild Rise in tip and tail with more traditional camber in between
Binding: Rossi Demo
Mount point: Suggested: Boot Center
Other Skis in Class: There are many skis in the 98 to 102mm class. It's a very popular category
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Number of Runs: 5 trams
Snow Conditions: Huge variety from wind slab to settled powder over cut-up crud to perfect groomers to hard bumps to refrozen junk to softening off-piste on lower mountain. Pretty much the gamut
Demo or Own: Demo but will own by fall of 2014.
Height/Weight: 6' 1" 195#
Ski Days/Season: 130
Years Skiing: 45
Aggressiveness: Moderately Aggressive
Current Quiver: 166 Rossi WC SL, 177 Rossi Pursuit HP, 180 Rossi E98, 185 Rossi WC Masters GS, 188 Rossi Soul 7, 195 Rossi Super 7 (2013 model), 203 Head RD SG.
Home Area: Jackson Hole
Preferred Terrain: All
It took until the very last possible day, but I finally got to try these skis. I used them on "Employee Day", which is the Monday after the closing day for public skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. As I note in "snow conditions" above, there was almost every snow condition you could imagine with the exception of deep powder. We skied 6" of new, blown-in snow on Rendezvous Bowl, some fantastic groomers, some really bad re-frozen tracked-out crap on the Cirque, and some big, hard bumps on Tower 3 Chute and Toilet Bowl.
As background, I've owned a pair of 180cm Experience 98's ever since they came out. It's the ski I will take out when I know that I'll run into unpredictable conditions. I'm comfortable skiing anything on that ski, but it IS a little bit demanding. I've got about 120 days or so on mine, so that pair is softer now and a much "friendlier" ski in soft snow and powder than it was when it was new.
Moving on to the review now, the E100 had me at the very first turn. As you may already know, it's next year's replacement for the Experience 98. The E100 has a similar feel in that it's a very powerful ski and does love to go fast, but it's a slightly more civilized (that means "easier") version of the E98. The E100 has one layer of metal instead of the E98's two layers, and to me the change is an improvement.
The E100 has a lower speed where the ski starts to perform, where you can feel the edges working and the ski bending. So even though it "wakes up" at a lower speed than the E98, I honestly could not find an upper speed where it would sacrifice power or stability. The E100 has a very, very smooth turn profile. You can roll the edges over and feel the tips engage very positively, but it's also very easy to apply whatever level of carving pressure you want - and the ski just responds. Edge changes are quick and positive - especially for a ski this wide - and it's not difficult to rail this ski into tighter carved turns than the 18m radius might indicate.
I tried it in perfect conditions and decidedly BAD conditions and I felt totally comfortable on it everywhere. One place the E98 was a handful (particularly when my pair was new) was in bigger moguls. The E100 just feels light-years easier in bumps.
Bottom line - I loved this ski. I had zero complaints about it and I can't wait to ski it as my go-to ski next year for nearly every snow condition. I'll still use my Soul 7's for deeper, fluffier snow, but I see myself using the E100's for almost everything.
Lengths on this ski will be 166, 174, 182, and 190. Weight (in the 182) is 4.3kg per pair.
Disclaimer - I'm an on-mountain rep for Rossignol so understand that I'm not objective.
Edited by Bob Peters - 4/14/14 at 4:54pm