2020 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti

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FairToMiddlin: A year ago, I would have given you my best comedic, evil-villain laugh if you would tell me that Rossi is about to introduce an Experience that I would exchange my beloved Stormrider 95 for. The widest Experience never lacked power (E100, and certainly the OG E98 before it), but it had a bit of a frown, it wasn’t all that Fun. That would be okay if it were the smoothest stick in the 98ish category, but it wasn’t really that, either. I admired Rossignol's willingness to make what amounted to a very wide carver, but I never wanted to own one.

This new biggest E doesn’t feel like a wide carver anymore. It feels like an extension of my brain off piste, and yet it retains its carving heritage. Without feeling nervous or noodly, this ski is willing to change direction anywhere on the mountain. It felt eager to initiate on the groomed and downright playful in bumps mixed with crud -- not normally what the fatty Experience gets accused of. The stability is still there, but now it has an all-mountain performance envelope. It feels like what Atomic could have done with the replacement for the current Vantage 90 CTi, if its goal was to make a better ski, instead of a different ski.

One thing I didn’t understand is the stated turn radius between the 187 and 180. The 187 claims 19 m; the 180, 18.5; it almost seems like a typo, such a small difference seems too insignificant to give skiers much of a choice. Hopefully, I will be able to get on the 180 and see for myself.

Drahtguy Kevin: Rossignol is serious with this new ski for 2019. A stiff tip powers easily through crud and chop with a solid feel. Surprisingly, the flex of the 94 makes it a delight in bumps; I wasn’t expecting that. The heft helps with the smooth groomer feel. Edge hold is superior as well. I’ve been waiting years for Rossi to build a ski like this.

Insider tip: Point ‘em and trust your line; these won't let you down.​
 
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Who is it for?
Lots of people, with lots of different skill levels. Wanna feel like a hero off piste? Here you go. Strong skiers will get the most out of the Experience 94 Ti.
Who is it not for?
Lightweights. This is a heavy ski that needs some force.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
All Mountain
Ski attributes
Groomers, Moguls, Off Piste, Trees
Segment
Men

Specifications

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Available sizes
173, 180, 187
Dimensions
132-94-112
Rocker profile
Camber with tip rocker
Construction design
Carryover
Binding options
Flat, System

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PSA: This ski is on sale now at @SkiEssentials for $320.00 brand new. It's always seemed a little strange to me that this model got lots of props from well-qualified reviewers here (as seen above), but never seemed to get any real traction. Never been on it myself, but I have a strong suspicion that this is a sleeper.
 

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PSA: This ski is on sale now at @SkiEssentials for $320.00 brand new. It's always seemed a little strange to me that this model got lots of props from well-qualified reviewers here (as seen above), but never seemed to get any real traction. Never been on it myself, but I have a strong suspicion that this is a sleeper.
It was my favorite of the new Experiences.
 
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Dougb

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PSA: This ski is on sale now at @SkiEssentials for $320.00 brand new. It's always seemed a little strange to me that this model got lots of props from well-qualified reviewers here (as seen above), but never seemed to get any real traction. Never been on it myself, but I have a strong suspicion that this is a sleeper.
$469.95 with Marker Griffon 13ID bindings. Good deal!
 
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