I have looked at both the S3 and the S86 skis and love them both. They both claim to be a great all-mountain ski. I am aware of the physical differences in the skis and that the S3 is wider and therefore better suited for deeper powder and big mountain riding than the S86. and vise versa. I would love to hear personal testimonies for either of the skis and it would be especially great to hear the input of someone who has skied both of them. As far as what ill be skiing, I enjoy the groomers but love the back bowls and tree runs and powder is always a plus. I do still want a good option though if i did want to spend the day on the front side. The ski I choose will be the only ski I will carry, so I need it to do it all. They are both great skis and both are the type of ski I'm looking for, just hope to hear some more reviews before I make a decision. Thanks!
*Rossingnol S3 Vs. S86*
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Recently my wife demoed and bought the woman's version of the S86. Same ski, different graphics and mounting point. She loves it. She is a solid advanced level skier.
In her opinion (and I agree) the S86 is something you would use as a daily driver. Does well on firm snow and is fine in a foot of fresh. A true 50/50 ski.
Personally, I am considering the S3 as a soft snow day ski. Looks good on paper and has received good reviews, but I plan to demo before I buy. The local hill has the S3 in a demo ski.
FWIW, I researched skis for my wife before she demoed to shorten the process. The S86w was not on the list. Those that were varied from OK to good in her opinion. Then at the suggestion of the demo guy she tried the S86w. Halfway down the first run she stopped and said "now this is what I'm talkin' about!' At the end of the day she bought a pair.
So demo, if at all possible.