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Rossignol Experience 84s or 88s for a CO Skier

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Specific question on Rossi Experience skis, how much difference between the E84 and E88s? Have read a lot of material on this site on the E84 and E88, and reviews all over the place on both skis, but this specific question for a CO skier was never really discussed.   

 

Background.

CO skier, mostly Summit county, high intermediate/low expert (can ski them but don't love the bumps).  If you know Summit county we tend to hit peak 10 at Breck and Alamo/Prospector/Starfire at Breck, but we love to get back to China or Gamecreek bowls at Vail too.  Ski about 14-18 days a year.

 

Looking to replace a set of five year old Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel skis.  Do have a pair of Nordica Vagabonds for deeper days, so this will not be a single ski quiver issue. Will probably look hard at all the end of season sales or SkiRex in September here.  

 

I demoed the E84s last fall at Keystone and liked them the best of frontside skies i tried, but on the gondola going up an instructor had the E88s, and said he really enjoyed them.  Price is about the same of course.  For a CO skier, worth going a little wider with the E88s?

 

Bottom Line.  Am looking for a default ski, to use in variable conditions here.  I like a fun ski that is very quick onto the edges and can handle the different types of snow/slopes you see routinely here -- in my short demo the E84 was everything all the reviews here and other places said. Knowing that I am not a skilled reviewer, i skied the E84, the K2 Iconic 85Ti, the Nordica Fire Arrow (no NRGY 90s around), Volkl RTM84, and a Dynastar ski, and the E84 stood out as just more of what I enjoyed, though surprisingly the K2 was a lot of fun too.  

 

Of course at about 5'11" 192, have to then decide 172 or 180, but that is another question!

Appreciate the help.   

post #2 of 9

Hi Job151,

 

Sounds like we ski at similar areas/runs.  It seems like we have similar dimensions - I'm approx. 5'11" 185.

 

I have a couple of pairs of R88's.   I have not skied the R84.  I have found them to be perfect for all round CO skiing.  This ski loves pretty much every slope - frontside groomers (soft or firm), small bumps, tracked up powder (not too deep or heavy).  I found them pretty good in most turn sizes. They don't like really fast speeds over hard snow (imagine Crystal on Peak 10 with scrapped hard snow).

 

To answer your question - yes, go for the slightly wider width.  Why - because I like these skis (sorry - no real reason except gut feel - I believe the R88 is slightly 'beefier').  

 

You may want to demo the Head Titan - it has a similar 'feel' as the R88, but with better edge hold and faster turn hook-up.  Skis everything I've encountered in CO this winter - soft groomers, scraped hard pack, bumps, spring snow (have't tried it in snow deeper than ~8") at all speeds and turn sizes.

 

Lengths:

2010-11 R88 -178cm

2014-15 R88 -178cm

2015-16 Titan - 177cm

 

Good luck with your ski search.

 

 

post #3 of 9

FWIW, I's push you towards the 88's in 178cm or whatever the length is.

 

Here in the east I have been on the Volkl Kendo for 5 years now as my everyday ski. Ski 50+ day's a season.

 

If you get a chance before you buy, demo the Volkl 90 eight. I demoed the 100 eight and was amazed at how quick and easy it was to turn. I'm guessing the 90 eight should be as much fun.

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In the East as well.  Own the E88's from a few years ago.  Demoed the 15/16 E84's.  They were ok...  The E84's didn't feel like a skinny version of the E88, but YMMV.  I like a ski that feels substantial... Whatever that means.  I'm 6', 195.  I know a lot of guys around our size on E88's. 

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thanks all, been away from this for a while, and unfortunately not due to skiing, but strongly leaning towards the E88s

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As read around the forum you'll find most of us who ski a lot are on at least upper 80's waist skis for are go to ski. I have 3 buddies at Okemo VT that have been on 98-100's mm for a number of years now.

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thanks all, been away from this for a while, and unfortunately not due to skiing, but strongly leaning towards the E88s

 

Just do it, make sure you get some turns in this season on them.

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Not sure if you know this but A Basin is a Rossi "experience center". You can demo both skis there or rent them and ski your favorite runs.
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Not sure if you know this but A Basin is a Rossi "experience center". You can demo both skis there or rent them and ski your favorite runs.

did not know it, thanks...will have to do it...after tomorrow it is about the only option anyway!

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