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Rating: 3.38 / 5
Waist Width: 84
Stability at speed: 4.02 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.64 / 5
Crud performance: 2.96 / 5
Flotation: 1.74 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.38 / 5
Overall: 3.38 / 5
The No. 3 ski is a distinctly different flavor that a lot of women will prefer. Rossi calls Park City its U.S. home, so when it thinks “groomed snow,” it’s the pliant, velvety Utah kind. The wide-ish, metal-free Temptation (sister of the men’s Experience) skims all but the hardest hardpack with surefire carveability (“no thunder thighs required”), yet the air-pocketed tip is easy to whip around. The extra width aids balance and gives it soft- snow game that others lack. Webster: “Super solid. Fun for a broad range of abilities.”
NOTES: With a narrower, carvier waist than either of the top two models in the series, the 2016 Rossignol Temptation 80 is more trail-oriented. It’s also considerably lighter, softer and livelier on the snow, with a lightweight paulownia wood core reinforced with carbon-fiber laminates instead of basalt fibers or metal. But vertical sidewalls underfoot and a wood core are designed to give it good hardsnow grip and integrity. It’s sold flat or as a system, with an 11-DIN Saphir 110 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.