Rossignol Temptation 100 (2016)

2016 Women's Rossignol Temptation 100

Rating: 3.19 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 100
Tip/Tail/Waist: 140-100-130
Lengths: 166,174

Stability at speed: 3.34 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.13 / 5
Crud performance: 3.48 / 5
Flotation: 2.89 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.11 / 5
Overall: 3.19 / 5

No ski in the category is wider, and indeed the Temptation ties for the top score in Flotation. But what's really amazing is how well it behaves, for such a wide ski, in non-powder situations. Its edgy heft makes it a natural performer in cruddy conditions. It's somehow quicker than it ought to be (Rossi takes pains to lighten the swing weight). And it carves up soft groomers with slinky, quiet confidence. Humes: "I can see why this is a hot seller for Rossi. Super easy. Well suited to a broad range of abilities."

NOTES: With its 100 mm waist, the expert-level 2016 Rossignol Temptation 100 takes to soft snow and powder with surfy flotation and a freeride spirit, making it an especially likely candidate for the Western all-mountain skier. But with a durable poplar core, metal reinforcement, sturdy vertical-sidewall construction, and plenty of camber underfoot, it also has the heft and edge grip to carve enthusiastically at high speeds on all but the hardest snow. It's only sold flat (no binding).

Rossignol's Temptation collection of women's all-mountain skis splits the difference between the brand's freeride-oriented 7 Series of wide soft-snow skis and frontside-oriented Unique line of hard-snow carvers. Waist widths range from 88 mm down to 74 mm, with stouter constructions for expert women at the high end of the line and softer, more economical rides for novice and intermediate women at the low end. All have wood cores reinforced with varying fiber laminates (no metal). Rossi's Air Tip design-a distinctive translucent honeycomb of air pockets in the tip-lightens the swing weight. And as with the men's Experience line, all feature Rossignol's Auto Turn Rocker, which is a blend of 30 percent tip and tail rocker for shock absorption and soft-snow flotation with 70 percent camber for power and rebound.