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Slay the mountain despite the lackluster snow conditions.

Armed with the Rossignol Experience 88 Ski, you head up the mountain pass, canyon, or resort access road despite a stubborn high-pressure system that's been looming for the past week. The lackluster snow conditions may deter the meek, but not you or your everyday shredder plank. When the sky spits out a boot-deep day, the raised tip and tail can hang, but the 88's extended sidecut and traditional camber were meant for satiating your gravity-taunting lust between the real pukers. It's also a prime plank if you rule a mountain where skiers don't waste time waiting for "fluff".

Thanks to the Experience's Auto Turn Rocker profile, this ski allows for a more versatile, easier skiing experience in a wide range of snow and terrain conditions. Camber underfoot delivers stellar power, energy, and edge-grip on hardpack, dicey terrain, or in East Coast conditions. With a subtle rocker at the tip and tail, the Experience steers, carves, and turns easier, supplies effortless speed control, and offers maximum versatility.

The Cascade Tip (varying shapes of metal and/or fiberglass laminates at staggered lengths) controls tip torsion which, in turn, smooths out turn initiation and improves full edge contact. And to top it off, this sweet design gives you a lighter tip that improves swing weight for quick and adaptable turn initiation.

For improved durability, power, and stability, the Experience features a wood core with a basalt fiber laminate, while its sandwich sidewall construction applies direct pressure to the ski's edges for increased precision and edging power. And its Extended Sidecut technology enables you to engage the ski more efficiently at high speeds and during increased edge angles.

  • 70% traditional high camber underfoot and 30% low rockered tip and tail
  • Cascade Tip
  • Extended Sidecut
  • Sandwich sidewall construction
  • Wood core
  • Basalt fiber laminate

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5 5

Eastern Mountain Rippers

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a used pair of 2003 181cm K2 Axis skis that I used for two seasons until both the binding heels decided to slide out at the same time during a glade run. Not wanting to put any more money into them I demoed the 178cm Experience 88s on a whim. Immediately I fell in love and I knew I would be taking these home with me.
At 6'1, 210lbs I would have liked to try the longer version but since I ski the east and I do a lot of moguls and glades, the 178s are perfect. Put these things on edge and the turn so quick. The "auto turn" rocker does exactly what it is advertised to do and allows you to make super tight turn so easily. They are very stable on the trademark eastern Ice sheets and grip it very well. I feel very comfortable on groomers and at high speeds. I skied the other day on some very soft and thick snow at Killington Resort and these Skis handled it very well and blasted through the rough stuff.

I would have liked to try these in powdered conditions but I did not get to this season. Given that my previous pair of skis were old and quite thin, these are a major upgrade and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a great ski.

If you Ski the East and find these in stock somewhere over the summer don't hesitate and go get your self a pair for cheap, they will not disappoint.

5 5

Great one-quiver

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a 6'2", 205 lbs advanced skier and went with the 186cm. Great turning radius for the length and performs well on ice if a patch sneaks up on you. I've skied better pairs in slush, but have also never stepped foot on skis this length (171 was the longest I have skied prior).

I am 5'10, 200 and just bought the 178's,...

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I am 5'10, 200 and just bought the 178's, I dont do bumps, mostly cruising and some woods, were these too long? I'd say I am between intermediate and above in ability. I had been on 190 straights forever, took a break and now I am just figuring out shaped skis.

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You picked the perfect length. I'm 6'1" 178 lbs and would buy the 178cm for myself. That's the size I demoed this ski in and wouldn't chose anything else for length. If you were 6' 2" or taller plus heavier than 200lbs I would say go for the 186cm. If you were 5'10" and 160lbs you could get away with the 170cm but for pushing 200lbs and to make sure you have enough float for deeper days the 178cm is the one in my opinion.

Don't second guess yourself. Get them mounted and go ski.


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thanks SF that is good to hear, I appreciate the insight, got these on backorder, so as soon as I get them, mounted they will be.

I'm looking to buy new skis and based on...

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I'm looking to buy new skis and based on my research these seem like a good fit. Grew up an expert skier on the east coast (skiing pretty much every weekend), now live in NYC and ski much less (usually out west) and my skills have diminished but I can still get down pretty much anything. Looking for an all around ski that can cover groomers, bumps, trees and the occasional side-country excursion, does this ski seem like a good fit? Between this and the Blizzard Brahma right now but leaning towards this one.

Also, I am 5'9" and 160 LBS, I am thinking the 162 or 170, leaning towards the 162 given my weight and the slalom ski like dimensions of this ski.

All input greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!

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I think it would work well for you but I would suggest looking at the 170cm length. 162cm is very short unless you just want a strict slalom carver that is super quick and short in the bumps. 170cm will bring more versatility for you by a long shot, especially if you think you will be skiing out west.

E88 and Brahma may be in the same category but have some different characteristics in my opinion. The E88 will give you more of a true carving experience, just compare the turn radius on both to give you an idea. E88 will pull you into the turn harder and hold on all the way through with precision. Brahma does great on groomers too but in a different way. Very different rocker profiles between the two skis. Brahma has a looser, more free spirited approach to carving is one way to put it. Trust me though once you dial in the Brahma it does hold an edge extremely well but engages and releases differently than the Rossi.

Both skis have a very smooth and damp feel to them, Rossi uses a basalt layer to calm it down, Blizzard uses metal. Brahma pivots, smears, and has a surfier feel to it in a mogul field and off piste. E88 has a more traditional feel, it will have a tendency to carve and slice through mixed conditions but be a little hookier.

Both will handle fresh powder very well in the same lengths and in my opinion a toss up between the two. Brahma relies more on rocker in the tip and its surfier nature while E88 has a wider tip.

You can't go wrong either way so I would just decide what conditions you like to ski the most. What part of the mountain makes you the most excited? And what kind of a ski feel are you going for, a more traditional carving experience with versatility or a newer looser feel that still is a powerful ski.

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^ Thanks so much for the very thoughtful response!

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I would love to know what you end up choosing and how you like them if you get the chance.

4 5

Versatile Ski

Primarily use this ski to teach on. Pretty sure this ski was made for Deer Valley. Obviously it destroys the groomers which are a lot of fun on a ski like this. Off trail they can be a bit grabby and make their own decisions. They can still ski well off trail I just find myself looking for a more narrow stance and I do just fine. In the straight up bump fields its not a problem, just through some of that crud and what not. I am around 200lbs and its stiff enough to go really fast and I am on the 177 cm version of this. :-)

5 5

Sweet sticks, true one ski does it all

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had the chance to try skis from all the large ski mfg's. The Experience 88 is hands down my favorite.
Great edge grip when it's needed.
Easy to turn/manuveur through bumps, trees, crud.
Perfect dimensions for some floatation, and all in the same day rip fast GS turns down your favorite run.
The Experience 88 is hands down my favorite all mountain ski !!!

4 5

Decent little ski

Good ski to get the job done. 88 under foot is decent. I prefer 98 to blast through the crud and bumps. These skis have a race feel to them. Take off on hardpack groomers!

5 5

So far so good: excellent skis

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a pair of 88s in March and got to use them in later winter and spring conditions until late April. I mounted a set of G3 Enzo bindings on them and quite frankly, couldn't take the smile off my face for the rest of the season.

They have great control and are quick to turn. They are as comfortable for telemark style as they were for parallel style turns. I don't normally do deep knee telemark lunges but I found it easy with these skis so I may have to buy some knee pads.

These skis do not chatter at speed and hold their control exceptionally well on the steeps. On steep ice, the edge grip and control was solid and in slush, these things barrelled through as if nothing was there. I'm an eastern skier and haven't used them in powder yet, but I hope to get the opportunity to test them out this December in the Rockies.

For traditional telemark skiers, these are stiff skis. They do flex when forced but the rebound is powerful and in eastern conditions, they are a joy to use. The skis are heavier so skinning up may take more effort, but I bought them primarily for eastern on-piste skiing. I classify myself as an intermediate skier moving to the advanced level.

5 5

These are the same skis as last season.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Same skis as last season and most all shops sold out of this ski last year. Why? Because these skis do everything. At 88mm underfoot you get enough float with the rocker in the tip and tail and then they still initiate turns effortlessly. Take them on the groomers and rip with your friends who have the Volkl AC30/RTM84 or go side by side with your friends with the Nordica EDT 84 EVO. Although the EDT 84 has a higher topend for speed and control at speed. You can take these Rossignols anywhere on the hill and love them. Get them if you wanted a one ski quiver.

This listing is for NO BINDINGS. Get the Rossignol FKS 140 or 180 or the Rossignol Axial 2 120 or 140. The Axial 2 you can get a Ti version for upgraded heel performance rather than the plastic version.

Rossignol Experience 88 Men Ski: Does the...

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Rossignol Experience 88 Men Ski: Does the price listed for this ski include bindings? I have been looking into this ski as an intermediate to advanced skier who likes to ski both en piste and in powder. I have found various sites that sell this model but all are out of stock for my size (170cm as I am 5'7'' 155 lbs.). Other sites list this same price ($600) but include bindings.

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These do not include the bindings, they are shown with a set of bindings for illustrative purposes only.

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Great binding to go with for this ski with the Rossignol FKS 140 or 180 if you're looking for top of the line performance. Or if you can get a little less performance get the Axial 2 120 or 140.