Rating: 3.04 / 5
Waist Width: 88
Stability at speed: 3.18 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.21 / 5
Crud performance: 2.76 / 5
Flotation: 1.96 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.80 / 5
Overall: 3.04 / 5
The returning Experience 88 is no stranger to the top of the rankings; testers have always loved its combination of speed-loving dampness and can't-miss carveability. Note that two of its highest scores are for Forgiveness and Hard Snow-two normally opposing characteristics-so it's ready to be as aggressive or as lazy as you are. Just not too lazy, we hope: It loves to be tipped and bent, and smooth round arcs are your reward. Gleason: "A crisp, energetic feel without being overpowering."
NOTES: The 2016 Rossignol Temptation 88, with its 88-mm waist, is narrower than the top-of-the-line 100, which gives it edge-to-edge quickness and knifey hard-snow performance that the 100 lacks. Its poplar core is reinforced with basalt fibers instead of metal, but basalt does a credible job of mimicking the vibration-dampening heft and high-speed calm that metal normally provides. Like the 100, it's only sold flat, giving the buyer options in terms of binding choice.
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.