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Rossignol Experience 88 HD (2017)

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Anyone demo/buy these skis this year?  It sounds like they added some additional rigidity to them to improve stability.  Wondering how well these work in the ungroomed slush and crud.  I'm sure they're a dream on the hardpack.

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I purchased the 2017 model late last year, skied on them a total of 8 or so times so far.  I was deciding between these and the Head Monster 88s and these.   The E88s are a dream on the hardpack and pretty good in the slush for a one ski quiver.  They bust through crud way better then my old skis (a pair of 12 year old Solomon XScreams), however if you want something truly remarkable for crud and Ice I would not hesitate to recommend the Monster 88.  I demoed them late last season and was able to ski extremely hard in some of the worst east coast conditions.  The reason I chose the E88s were simply because they were more playful in the turns (although they still prefer grand slalom turns which is how I like to ski anyway) and just more fun for me.

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I purchased the 2017 model late last year, skied on them a total of 8 or so times so far.  I was deciding between these and the Head Monster 88s and these.   The E88s are a dream on the hardpack and pretty good in the slush for a one ski quiver.  They bust through crud way better then my old skis (a pair of 12 year old Solomon XScreams), however if you want something truly remarkable for crud and Ice I would not hesitate to recommend the Monster 88.  I demoed them late last season and was able to ski extremely hard in some of the worst east coast conditions.  The reason I chose the E88s were simply because they were more playful in the turns (although they still prefer grand slalom turns which is how I like to ski anyway) and just more fun for me.

 


Just like yourself, for me it was between the E88HD and Monster 88 this year with the goal being to find a great all around ski for northeast conditions.  I demoed both skis and leaned more toward the Monster 88 and purchased a demo ski in excellent condition.  I don't think it will be quite as good in powder as the E88, but around here that doesn't happen often.  The Monster 88 was a very quite ride that just bulldozed through all conditions I ran into, and the tip was really stable at speed and on ice etc.  Also, like yourself, I like carving big turns and didn't want something as nimble or snappy, and that's the Monster wheelhouse it seems.  We had some guys in the local shop that love head skis as well, so it pushed me over the edge.  Really can't go wrong either way with those two skis imo, and both I consider to be the best 88 width skis on the market.

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Nice, they were a great ski, and there were a few times this past weekend where I wished I purchased those.  Since you are in the northeast as well, where do you usually ski?

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Nice, they were a great ski, and there were a few times this past weekend where I wished I purchased those.  Since you are in the northeast as well, where do you usually ski?

 

 

I ski a local mountain in CT, Ski Sundown, a few times a week, and venture to Mount Snow VT often.  I have a trip to Killington this year, and have skied Smugglers in the past.  How about yourself?  This year is turning out to be a great season and there is a lot of ungroomed trails where the all mountain skis shine.

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Nice,  I'll actually be at Mt Snow this Friday.  We usually ski in the Berkshires, mainly Jiminy Peak, but generally make a trip out west once a year as well.

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