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How Science, Sustainability, and World Cup Ski Racing Shaped Rossignol’s New Skis

The brand's upcoming Experience line uses a number of influences to make one of Rossignol's smoothest resort-oriented ski collections in recent memory.

The Rossignol Experience 86 Ti, 82 Ti, and 80 Carbon models for both men and women were tested at SKI Test in Solitude, Utah, in March 2021. The results of the test will be available in September, and members of Active Pass will be able to get an in-depth look at the reviews of these skis and more. Don’t wait, join Active Pass today and start reaping the benefits now.

Maybe it has something to do with the rise in popularity of full-suspension mountain bikes, but it seems like every ski brand is now working towards making their new planks get down the hill as smoothly as possible in all conditions. And while that seems like an easy feat on freshly groomed snow, the trick is getting skis to be stable and damp on variable terrain but still lively and playful in every turn and edge-to-edge transition.

This season, Rossignol attempts to achieve this goal through a number of technology updates to their frontside and carving-oriented Experience line. The special ingredient is the brand’s proprietary Drive Tip, which is a blend of directional fibers and a soft visco damping material towards the front of the ski. The directional fibers are placed towards the very front of the ski where they can drive the energy towards the visco material, which is located between the directional fibers and the binding toe piece. This material softens and disperses the energy so that you don’t feel any vibrations or chatter in your ski boot due to rough terrain.

The new Experience line for 2021-’22 also utilizes various combinations of Titanal, basalt, carbon, and sustainably-harvested wood to build skis that are happy to be on hard snow. The flagships of the line, the Experience 86 Ti and Experience W 82 Ti, feature two layers of Titanal and a full basalt wrap underneath PEFC-certified poplar wood cores.

Taking the results of what the company learned through building World Cup race skis, the upper layer of Titanal is modified to allow the sidewalls of the ski to flex more naturally, which further increases the smoothness of the ski in rough terrain.

In addition to the 86 Ti and W 82 Ti, Rossignol is also releasing 86 Basalt, 82 Basalt, 80 Carbon, and 78 Carbon versions of the Experience line. These skis lack metal but still have Drive Tip technology, which ensures a smooth riding experience with less weight.

The new Rossignol Experience line also furthers the brand’s mission to respect the environment. Currently, 15 percent of the tops sheets, 30-70 percent of the ski bases, and 100 percent of the steel edges of all Rossignol skis are made from recycled materials. The brand is anticipating a 40-percent reduction in waste by 2025 and a 30-percent reduction of the carbon footprint by 2030 at their factory in Isère, France.

More about Rossignol’s Sustainability Mission: Waste Not, Want Not

Rossignol Experience 86 Ti Key Specs

2021 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti
The 2021-’22 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti Photo: Courtesy of Rossignol
  • Lengths (cm): 167, 176, 185
  • Dimensions (mm): 132-86-20
  • Turn Radius (m): 16 (176 length)
  • MSRP: $900
  • Available: Fall 2021

Rossignol Experience W 82 Ti Key Specs

The 2021-'22 Rossignol Experience W 82 Ti
The 2021-’22 Rossignol Experience W 82 Ti Photo: Courtesy of Rossignol
  • Lengths (cm): 151-159-167-175
  • Dimensions (mm): 126-82-114
  • Turn Radius (m): 14 (167 length)
  • MSRP: $800
  • Available: Fall 2021

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