Rating: 2.94 / 5
Waist Width: 84
Lengths: 146, 154, 162, 170, 178, 186
Stability at speed: 3.01 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.19 / 5
Crud performance: 2.69 / 5
Flotation: 1.86 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.50 / 5
Overall: 2.94 / 5
Not a hip-dragger? Well, the updated Experience doesn’t try to be a race ski. There’s substance to it, and dampness, for good long-arc, flat-snow carving at high speeds, but the 84’s forte is real- world resort snow, bumps and all. It’s edgy under- foot, but its blunt, rock- ered tip is loose enough to roll through afternoon chop. Rossi tempers its carbon-fiber weave with basalt, so it’s never harsh. Rogan: “Mellower than the deep-trenchers; more player than charger.”
Notes: The 84 HD is part of Rossignol's All Mountain collection (Experience for men, Temptation for women), designed for maximum versatility in all terrain and snow types that resort skiers encounter. The Experience/Temptation line splits the difference between the powder/soft-snow smeariness of the highly successful 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 model, with target abilities decreasing with size (fatter models for experts, narrower ones for intermediates and novices). The top four models in the line (100, 88, 84, and 80) all bear the new HD designation, meaning they are reinforced with Rossignol's new Carbon Alloy Matrix layer, which is a loose weave of carbon fibers (for energy and lightweight responsiveness) combined with basalt fiber (for mellowing dampness). All feature Rossi's Auto Turn Rocker-early rise in the tip and tail for shock absorption, soft-snow float, and smearable turn finishes-with 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. The top four models (100, 88, 84, and 80) are wood-core, laminate constructions for maximum durability and edginess, with full or partial vertical sidewalls for edge strength. The value models (77 and 75) feature more forgiving and economical cap constructions, which are softer-flexing (for better performance at slower speeds) and less edgy (for optimal speed control).
Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.