Great ski but prefer my Kendo
Firm and fast conditions today, now new snow at all. I'm very weight sensitive about my ski/binding setup and the Rossi demo binding didn't help the already heavier E88 in comparison to my super light griffon/kendo setup. If I didn't have my Kendo and the Experience 98/griffon to demo it against I would say the ski ripped! But I found it a little sluggish after being on the other ones. A very smooth and turny ski with great edge grip and stability. Definitely a lot smoother and not near as harsh as the Kendo's ride but I've gotten so used to the light and lively feel of the kendo it's hard to go without it. The E88 doesn't have a speed limit where the Kendo I feel does. The E88 has still plenty of rebound despite its quieter feel. I could alter my turn shapes easier on my Kendo, and also snaking it through the moguls felt much better. Again the E88 did a GREAT job of handling bumps and odd crud terrain but the wider tip and tail were felt, although the smoother feel was very welcomed on the ice packed crud in comparison to my Kendo. Kendo is just quicker edge to edge and lets you control the turn radius more, a fine sword is what volkl says and I agree totally. I always think I want more sidecut in my skis until I demo them and realize that a little narrower tail makes the ski more versatile in my opinion. I thought the E 98 was actually more fun on the hard groomers, it has a lighter swing weight I feel and tenacious bite on the icy groomers. If you want a fast, no speed limit, turny big mountain ski that still has some pop, the E98 is that beast, I preferred it over the E88 today.