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Waist Width: 77
The 2016 Rossignol Experience 77 is built for value, light weight, and forgiving performance. With its soft-flexing, poplar-core, cap construction, it's designed to happily cruise the groomed without making excessive demands on its novice/intermediate pilot. Sold only as a system, it comes with a lightweight 11-DIN Rossi Xelium binding. It's part of Rossignol's All Mountain collection, designed for maximum versatility in all terrain and snow types that resort skiers encounter. The Experience line splits the difference between the powder/soft-snow smeariness of the famous 7 Series and the groomer/hard-snow carviness of the Pursuits. Waist widths range from 100 mm in the flagship model down to 75 mm in the value-priced Experience, with target abilities decreasing with size (fatter models for experts, narrower ones for intermediates and novices). All feature Rossi's Auto Turn Rocker-early rise in the tip and tail for shock absorption and soft-snow float, camber under foot for hard-snow carvability. Rossignol's Extended Sidecut design moves the widest part of the ski beyond the fore and aft contact points: The ski won't feel hooky or unmanageable at low speeds and edge angles, but when pushed to higher speeds and edge angles the sidecut engages more edge for maximum stability. Air Tip-a translucent honeycomb of empty pockets-keeps the swing-weight down for enhanced quickness. All are wood-core, laminate constructions with reinforcing laminates of different weights and densities, including metal (Experience 100), basalt (88), carbon fiber (77) and fiberglass (75 and 80). All have vertical sidewalls for maximum transmission of energy to the edge.