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Moving from Salomon BBR 8.9 to either Rossignol Experience 88 or Salomon Q-90?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Both skis seem fairly similar to one another; however the Q-90 appears to be both cheaper and MUCH lighter than the Experience 88; though a larger turn radius.


Edited by Kulharin - 11/7/15 at 8:02pm
post #2 of 15
The Q90 is not as stiff as the E88 and more forgiving. The E88 might have better edge grip. The Q90 is a bargain priced ski, but it is a very good ski. But, I would take the Atomic Vantage 90CTi over either one. Can you demo any skis?
post #3 of 15

Where do you ski and what type of terrain do you like to ski? What's missing from the BBR that you're looking for?

 

I have a Salomon Rocker 2 90, a similar ski to the Q-90. I'm skiing in the west and it's a blast when there's some fresh snow off-trail. Icy days it's more meh. If you're in an area that gets a lot of fresh and you want to get off the groomers the Q-90 is a good choice.

post #4 of 15
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I've been riding the BBR's exclusively the last 3.5 seasons; looking for something new and more conventional... I enjoy the BBR's, they are fun and diverse all mountain skis but I feel they are slowing my progress and want to add a new pair to the quiver... I ski in the BC interior... at Revelstoke currently and I ski all mountain, probably half piste, half off.

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I ski in the BC interior... at Revelstoke currently and I ski all mountain, probably half piste, half off.

Given that, you should consider a wider ski, like 100-110mm.  Nordica Enforcer, Atomic Vantage 100CTi, Fischer Motive 95 Ti, Salomon Q98

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

I would eventually be buying a wider tour/powder ski, but right now I'm looking for more of a 50/50 all mountain ski as I am also an instructor.

 

All good options, don't really have a chance to demo right now seeing as the mountains aren't open yet! ... The Atomic also looks pretty nice too... I guess all 3 are fairly nice, similar skis with subtle differences?

post #7 of 15
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Would the Vantage 90 be worth the extra price point? It's about $200 more expensive than the Q-90... what is the extra money going towards?

post #8 of 15

I ski the big brother of the Q90, the Q98. Here's my take. Skis can be characterized as biased to either soft or hard snow, and the Q series is very much a soft snow ski. I those conditions, the 98 works great for me: fun, playful, carve or drift. I don't like it in hard snow, and, would not have it as a 1 ski quiver. The E88 is a lot more versatile in harder snow

 

BTW, many here would love making a ski decision for Revelstoke conditions, count me among the jealous.  

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Also found a good sale price on last years Line Sick Day 95 in my size... Should I consider that?

 

I'm a bit torn now, Q-90 because the cheaper price.

Vantage looks great and versatile but very expensive.

Line Sick Day also looks fun but reviews are very polarizing... A lot of people say it's an amazing ski... some reviews rate it quite average/poor such as onthesnow or outdoor gear lab


Edited by Kulharin - 11/9/15 at 1:15pm
post #10 of 15

You're running up against the problem of only reading reviews.  No matter what ski you pick you can find reviews that are both complimentary and non-complimentary.  I pay little attention to reviews, mostly because the male testers are almost always several inches taller, 30-50 pounds heavier and 20 or more years younger.  They are unlikely to ski the way i do.  I can ski the entire mountain but i have to rely on finesse, not brute force.

 

As to your question about the Atomic Vantage 90CTi vs the Salomon Q90, the Atomic is a better balanced ski, capable of producing good results in a wider variety of conditions.  Only you can decide if that is worth the extra money.

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Well if I am interested in saving money; I'll either go for a Q-90, Q-98, or Sick Day 95... 

 

If I want to pay a lot more money I can pick up the Vantage 90, or possibly look for a Vantage 95?

 

I can also pick up a pair of K2 Pinnacle on Pro Deal, looks like a funky ski... so many choices!

 

What would be my best bet for mountains like Revy, Silver Star, Big White and Whitewater?


Edited by Kulharin - 11/9/15 at 3:12pm
post #12 of 15
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Well if I am interested in saving money; I'll either go for a Q-90, Q-98, or Sick Day 95... 

 

If I want to pay a lot more money I can pick up the Vantage 90, or possibly look for a Vantage 95?

 

I can also pick up a pair of K2 Pinnacle on Pro Deal, looks like a funky ski... so many choices!

 

What would be my best bet for mountains like Revy, Silver Star, Big White and Whitewater?

 

The skis that have been suggested are all reasonable candidates for one reason or another. It's more about how you like to ski and how you'll use it.

 

Is this your first year as an instructor? I'm not an instructor myself, but I think most instructors would lean towards the E88, or maybe a Rev 85, for teaching. Are you working towards a certification? That may point in this direction also.

 

You said you were thinking of eventually buying a wider tour/powder ski. If that's the case, go with a narrower ski now. The 2 90 has worked well for me in building skills off-piste, but I did spend more time than I had hoped skiing it on-piste between storms and on icy days. That may or may not not be relevant for you up there in BC!

 

 

 

post #13 of 15
BBR to Pinnacle 95 would be a good upgrade.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I picked up the 184 pinnacle 95... Eventually I will get a 105-110 pow ski and a 80-85 teach/hard groomer ski
post #15 of 15

Three threads, three ski quiver. That works! ;)

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