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So I was just out in SLC for a few days and I demoed the Rossi Experience 88 in 180.  The first day conditions were a little better and I loved it carving/cruising down the blues, and it seemed to handle well on the few steeper blacks I did as well. The other days were sloppy spring conditions, and I felt it handled the slop better than the narrower skis I usually ski.

 

About me: I’m advanced-intermediate, I’d say a Level 7 skier. This year I skied about 10 days in the Midwest (Perfect North Slopes) and 3 full days in Utah, hope to and more out west/up east days in the future. I ski mostly groomers, and no bumps, but definitely mix in off-piste stuff when I head to a larger mountain.

 

I think I’d ultimately like something with some all mountain ability, but perhaps not as wide as the 88. I’m definitely considering the Experience 84, and I’m interested in the Latigo, but wasn’t able to demo it. So how would the narrower wasted Latigo, or something like the Kästle FX84 compare? And what are the differences in fellow ~88s Brahma and Kendo, would they be too much? 

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MWSDude, I'm a huge fan of not overthinking things... rule one: if you like something you demo, there you go. That's your ski. There are a bunch of excellent skis out there that fit the bill you're looking at if you have to go the 'gotta demo everything' route. Head Rev85 pro and the Dynastar Powertrack 89 would be two similar skis among at least another 8-10 I can think of. They'll both be heavily discounted at the Rev is going away, and the PT gets a minimal graphic remake for 15-16.

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I'll echo what markojp said.  I'm not a big fan of the E88, I personally think there are better skis, but if you liked the E88 in that size, just buy it.  

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I like the E88 a lot.  I have probably 150 days on the 178 E88.  I recently tried the Motive 86 and also liked that in a 182.  I think I put in >90 days on the Motive 95 this season and think it's the best OSQ I've ever had.

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+1 for the E88. Of all the 88mm wide skis I demoed, the E88 was the simply best ski for me. I picked up a pair of 172s as a one-ski-quiver ski for my 9 day CO/UT trip, and they worked very well.

Strengths: It carves well on hard pack and also busts through spring choppy/slushy snow with ease. It feels light and nimble yet stable. It has the perfect stiffness and no chatter. Unintrusive rocker. The Air-Tip works. Great on-piste, all day, everyday ski.

Weaknesses: Perhaps to hooky for serious off-piste skiing. I felt a little nervous on the hard/soft mixed cruddy snow. The tail catches on bumps sometimes.

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Edited by nochaser - 4/4/15 at 11:00pm
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post
 

MWSDude, I'm a huge fan of not overthinking things... rule one: if you like something you demo, there you go. That's your ski. There are a bunch of excellent skis out there that fit the bill you're looking at if you have to go the 'gotta demo everything' route. Head Rev85 pro and the Dynastar Powertrack 89 would be two similar skis among at least another 8-10 I can think of. They'll both be heavily discounted at the Rev is going away, and the PT gets a minimal graphic remake for 15-16.


Great point. I definitely don't need to demo everything, and would be happy with them as skis. Both I'm also curious as to the opinions of those who have tried a few more things, specifically regarding the FX 84 which there are currently some great deals on, and the Latigo, which I really wanted to demo but the narrowest Blizzard they had available was a Bonafide. 

 

And is it safe to assume there won't be any great deals on the E88 this offseason since it isn't changing at all? 

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+1 for the E88. Of all the 88mm wide skis I demoed, the E88 was the simply best ski for me. I picked up a pair of 172s as a one-ski-quiver ski for my 9 day CO/UT trip, and they worked very well.

Strengths: It carves well on hard pack and also busts through spring choppy/slushy snow with ease. It feels light and nimble yet stable. It has the perfect stiffness and no chatter. Unintrusive rocker. The Air-Tip works. Great on-piste, all day, everyday ski.

Weaknesses: Perhaps to hooky for serious off-piste skiing. I felt a little nervous on the hard/soft mixed cruddy snow. The tail catches on bumps sometimes.

EDITED.


Good to hear, I feel like I had a pretty similar experience with them. Did you get them just for trips out west? 

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And is it safe to assume there won't be any great deals on the E88 this offseason since it isn't changing at all? 

 

Yes. :)  At least none will be advertised online or in print.

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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

+1 for the E88. Of all the 88mm wide skis I demoed, the E88 was the simply best ski for me. I picked up a pair of 172s as a one-ski-quiver ski for my 9 day CO/UT trip, and they worked very well.

Strengths: It carves well on hard pack and also busts through spring choppy/slushy snow with ease. It feels light and nimble yet stable. It has the perfect stiffness and no chatter. Unintrusive rocker. The Air-Tip works. Great on-piste, all day, everyday ski.

Weaknesses: Perhaps to hooky for serious off-piste skiing. I felt a little nervous on the hard/soft mixed cruddy snow. The tail catches on bumps sometimes.

EDITED.

I feel the same way. My only complaints are:

1) The tip can submarine when the snow is more than a few inches deep, but I have different skis for those days.

2) The tails can hang you up in the bumps.

 

These are not my first choice skis for large bumps, powder, or tight trees, but they work well in most other conditions. Their weight / flex is just about perfect for soft spring conditions.

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Great point. I definitely don't need to demo everything, and would be happy with them as skis. Both I'm also curious as to the opinions of those who have tried a few more things, specifically regarding the FX 84 which there are currently some great deals on, and the Latigo, which I really wanted to demo but the narrowest Blizzard they had available was a Bonafide.

 

And is it safe to assume there won't be any great deals on the E88 this offseason since it isn't changing at all?

The FX84s are better in bumps and tight trees than the E88s -- they are easier to pivot and are less hooky. On piste, they both ski well and have high speed limits. The one advantage of the E88s' width is slightly better performance in chop.

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I feel the same way. My only complaints are:

1) The tip can submarine when the snow is more than a few inches deep, but I have different skis for those days.

2) The tails can hang you up in the bumps.

 

These are not my first choice skis for large bumps, powder, or tight trees, but they work well in most other conditions. Their weight / flex is just about perfect for soft spring conditions.

 

I liked mine for up to boot top powder.  I also skied lots of large bumps and tight trees.  They were very easy to ski on the groomers.  I'm going to convert mine to a tele ski next season.  My pair has around 150 days on them.  They are still pretty fun to ski on and are holding up well.

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I like the E88's everywhere

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I like the E88's everywhere

 

You were on some super-short tele Rossis last time I saw you ski, what length are you skiing the E88 in?

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You were on some super-short tele Rossis last time I saw you ski, what length are you skiing the E88 in?


That had to be a while ago.  Those Rossi Tele's were 176cm length.  I have not done much with tele lately.   The E-88's I ski are 178cm

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