Rossignol Avenger 82 TI (2010) - Ski Mag

Rossignol Avenger 82 TI (2010)

Category: Men's Cruiser; Category ranking: No. 3 (tie); Average score: 3.31; Balance of skills: 3.37; Best for: All-terrain versatility, emphasis on groomers; Not for: Highly technical short-turn carving
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Rating: / 5
Price: $1100.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
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Tip/Tail/Waist: 126/82/112
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Stability at speed: 3.47 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.27 / 5
Crud performance: 3.05 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.49 / 5

The name seems misleading on a ski this fun-loving. In fact, the 82-mm-wide Avenger might be the most comfortable ski in the group—partly due to that broad, stable platform and partly due to its uniquely forgiving tip. With metal laminates and a strong tail, it’s as eager for speed as you are. But balance is its defining trait, and while it topped no single criterion, it put up high marks across the board. “Doesn’t demand huge effort to make great turns, but loves to ramp it up, too,” said Lewis.

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