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Rossignol Temptation 88 (2017)

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Rossignol Temptation 88 GF

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Rating: 3.74 / 5
Price: $750.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 135-88-124
Lengths: 156, 164, 172

Stability at speed: 3.83 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.93 / 5
Crud performance: 3.88 / 5
Flotation: 2.79 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.80 / 5
Overall: 3.74 / 5

A girl can change her mind, right? The Temptation was No. 1 two years ago but just missed the cut last year. Now it’s back at the top of the pack, and emphatically so, putting up the top score in all but two performance criteria and an Overall Impression score that’s the second highest across all categories. Rossi’s a big fan of basalt fiber laminates, and that’s the key here. Yes, it’s made of rock. Whatever. But it uncannily mimics the properties of metal—for damp smoothness at speed—without the weight. Testers loved its combination of charge-when-you-want-to and cruise- when-you-don’t. And they’re really sorry about last year. Knight: “Girly graphic belies the performance of this lively little devil. Stable at speed, quick in trees.”

The 2017 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. The 88 returns unchanged for 2017, right down to the paint job. Like the 100, it's only sold flat. 

Rossignol's six-model 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. (Only the 100 is metal-reinforced.) 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, soft-snow flotation, and easy turn release with 70 percent camber for carvability and rebound energy.  

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.

Notes: The 2017 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. The 88 returns unchanged for 2017, right down to the paint job. Like the 100, it's only sold flat. 

Rossignol's six-model 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. (Only the 100 is metal-reinforced.) 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, soft-snow flotation, and easy turn release with 70 percent camber for carvability and rebound energy.  

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.

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