Rossignol Exp 84 CA 2015
These skis are absolutely awesome the best I've ever owned.
I hired a pair of the Rossigol Exp 84s in resort whilst looking for a new set of planks and couldn't believe how great they were on all terrains. So I bought a pair as soon as I got back to the UK. I'm a fast skier and need a powerful stiff ski to cope with the high cornering speeds when piste bashing. It has to be said that they aren't a race ski so lack some stiffness compared with the Rossignol Heros however they do not disappoint.
Also it is very rare that you ever get a smooth groomed slopes all day and after the first 2 hours it usually starts getting cut up and bumps can start appearing. This does mean that really stiff skis tend to destabilise you as they bounce off the bumps and moguls and get unsettled underneath you. The Rossignol Exp 84s have a rocker front and back which is less stiff than then main ski body and this adds significant stability to the ski when hitting bumps and moguls as it absorbes the initial impact of the bump and doesn't get unsettled or twitchy you just float over them. I particularly noticed that my shins took far less battering than my old race skis which were too stiff for average piste conditions.
There is a reasonable carve radius and they are very responsive at all speeds. They are not too wide and easy to bounce from edge to edge, increasing overall confidence in all conditions.
Enough about on piste, what are they like when you hit the pow pow? Well they are an all mountain ski not a dedicated off piste ski so are narrower underfoot (84mm unsurprisingly given the name). That said they are still really good in waist deep powder, the rocker aims to keep the tips floating on top of the snow which gives you more speed and yet also increases confidence when turning as you're less likely to nose dive and get a face full of snow. I had lots of fun in the powder with the 84s.
If you are considering a more off piste biased all mountain ski then it is worth noting that the Rossignol Exp 84s are reasonably light when compared with other skis such as the Rossignol Exp 88s which are wider underfoot and a tad longer like for like. This additional weight in the 88s does mean you can notice the increased inertia in the ski and the extra force and effort you need to do short swings where you are having to jump out of the powder to initiate the turn is noticeable and dissapointing. I was thinking of going for the 88s but they are harder work on piste due to the increased width underfoot and the off piste performance whilst theoretically better on paper because of the width, I don't believe is delivered in practice because of the extra workload you need and the reduced confidence it gives you.
In summary then, the Rossignol Exp 84s are fantastic all mountain skis and are perfect for 99.9% of the advanced skiing population. For the extra 0.1% though whilst trying to be all things to all men they do not reach the bookends of on or off piste performance, which is to be expected. However that said it is very rare you will ever be able to find snow conditions which call for a more advanced on piste ski, and unless you use a helicopter to reach your off piste these will get you to the powder as well as down it like a dream.
28 March 2015
great all rounder
I like to ski hard and these ski's delivered
I tried them on ice, powder, moguls, piste and other varieties of terrain and they really enhanced my skiing
I love these skis they were a great investment
11 February 2015
On piste turns, through moguls or long turns on easy runs very easy. Great fun in powder off piste. A bit stiffer than my old skis so took a bit of getting used to. Perfect all mountain ski.
02 February 2015
Powerful and versatile ski
Great all terrain ski. Stable powerful and surprisingly easy to ski
02 February 2015
Great intermediate all round ski
These ski perform as promised, they are easy to carve on piste and have lots of power. They glide really well and give enough speed on a run and plough through the rougher stuff with ease. There is no chatter at speed and are easy to turn and control. I would say that they would suit any intermediate and I am very pleased with them and can recommend them as a great all round ski.
26 January 2015
This is the best ski I have ever had. It is really stiff and easy to handle.
11 February 2015
Consider the E88 and E84 the same excellent ski.
In my very much non-expert opinion, consider the Experience 84 and the Experience 88 to be the same ski. Use whichever one comes in the right length for you. I am 5'7" (170 cm) tall. I tried the E 88 in a 172 cm. It was just a bit too much ski to wrap around a mogul at my ability level, which includes any single diamond non-gladed run at Jackson Hole. So, I tried the 164 cm E88. That was like skiing on toothpicks at my size.
Then I tried the E 84 in a 170 cm. That was fantastic. I bought a pair. It's probably equivalent to getting the E88 in about a 168 cm, which doesn't exist but would probably be perfect for me.
My wife had a similar experience. At the shop, they put her on the E 84 (or possibly the Temptation 84). She tried the 154 cm, which was way too short. Then she tried the 162 cm, which was too long. She settled on the E 88 at 156 cm and bought a pair.
Our skiing abilities are about as close to the same as it is possible to be. We have some very slight differences. But, now we can both do nearly everything the other can with her on the 156 cm E 88 and me on the 170 cm E 84.
These skis are versatile and playful. They are easy to ski in bumps, crud, and groomed slopes. Neither of us has found a limit to the speed we can cruise. We are both able to make any turn radius from tiny, quick edge to edge turns down the edge of a steep groomer to big wide turns on a cruiser and of course do whatever we're capable of in the bumps.
I'm posting this exact review under both skis so that no one will miss out on this line of skis just because the 8 cm gap in lengths of each is too wide. Ideally, I would have wanted these available in 4 or 5 cm increments. But, with the two lines, take whichever comes in the length that works for your size and ability.
06 February 2015
Great All Mountain Ski
This is one the best skis I ever owned. Easy maneuverability on bumps and un-groomed slope; great for carving. Light weight but stable even when charging. Love the Air tip.
28 December 2014