Advanced all-mountain skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"All-mountain skis will be my choice when conditions vary from firm to 6" of fresh snow. Better edge hold and carving capabilities should be expected compared to my powder skis. They should be competent in crud and soft bumps."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite all-mountain skis:
1. Renoun Endurance 98
2. Liberty Variant 113
2. Rossignol Experience 88 HD
To all my reviews
The black graphics of the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti are simple, and attractive, with a new high tech looking semi-see through tip, similar to Rossi's freeride 7-series. Test length was 180cm, and ideal for my profile. The construction of this ski has a similar feel (but much better damping) to Rossi's freeride line (see my Rossignol Super 7 HD review), and the Rossignol Hero Short Turn slalom ski (see my separate review), that I skied back to back with this Experience 88 Ti. This means, damping is not quite as high in this new construction, when compared to the 2107-18 models, and there is some sacrifice in high speed, and variable terrain stability. I would still rate this 88 Ti's stability as excellent, just not superb, and I think it's other great qualities off-set the loss of damping.
Carving characteristics are excellent, and the Experience 88 Ti's edge grip is better than it's predecessor Rossignol Experience 88 HD, and above average for this width category.
The Rossignol Experience 88 Ti seems to be more flickable than the Rossignol Experience 88 HD, and is very good in bumps. I did not notice a significant reduction in over-all weight of this ski, compared to the previous model, but it seemed to have a lower swing weight. In the soft-medium sized bumps I skied during this review, my comment was......FUN. Is it better in bumps than the current model?
Close call, maybe.
Unavailable for test. The Rossignol Experience 88 HD with a tip of 135mm and tail of 124mm, had above average float for this width underfoot. The Experience 88 Ti with its narrower tip and tail, should reduce potential float, placing it in the average float category for this width.
Who is this ski for?
- Excellent narrow one ski quiver for firm or soft snow regions
- Ideal narrow ski in your two ski quiver, or midsize in your three ski quiver
- If you want to ski the whole mountain