The Temptation 88 HD is the widest ski in Rossignol’s women’s all mountain collection. It uses a poplar wood core with Rossignol’s Carbon Alloy Matrix technology. This carbon provides torsional stiffness and some stability without the weight that would come along with metal laminates. By keeping the weight at a minimum Rossignol has retained a relatively light weight, and an ever lighter swing weight thanks to their now famous Air Tip construction. The Temptation 88 HD has a relatively small turn radius of 13 m at the 164 cm length (the length all of our testers were on) and uses their Auto Turn rocker profile which has subtle early rise in both the tips and tails. We love the black and purple top sheet and think this may be the best looking Temptation 88 HD yet!
Carly Monahan definitely benefitted from the ski’s quickness and light swing weight. She commented that “for an 88 mm ski it felt very quick edge to edge; light and snappy.” Carly thinks the Temptation 88 HD “could be perfect for someone who loves to carve, but isn’t game to ski super aggressively all day.” The Temptation 88 HD definitely doesn’t need to be skied incredibly aggressively; it responds well to relatively relaxed skiing. “It might be overpowered by an aggressive ski-racer type lady, but held an edge for me when I pushed it.” Although Carly didn’t get to test the Temptation 88 HD in very deep snow, she did think that it “would be ample enough for a good amount of fresh snow.” While she admits it has more of a “frontside” shape, Carly thinks it’s a pretty versatile ski thanks to the quick, light feel and the 88 mm waist width.
Katrine Wolfgang thought the Temptation 88 HD had excellent, easy turn initiation, and seemed to agree with Carly that it doesn’t need to, and maybe even shouldn’t, be skied that aggressively. She found that when she “skied at a consistently slower pace it felt great!” Katrine did give the Temptation 88 HD relatively high scores for stability and torsional stiffness, so don’t feel like it’s a weak ski that won’t support advanced skiing, but rather there are other skis with metal in their construction that feel a little bit more powerful.
Ali Berlin found the quickness and playfulness to be the highlights of the Temptation 88, much like Carly did. “Turn baby turn! These skis have a nice pop in a short radius turn and hold an edge well from tip to tail in a longer turn.” She did think that they “got a little grabby in the mushy snow,” which is understandable considering they are a mostly cambered ski without any early taper in the tips and tails. A ski like the Spicy 7 or the Sky 7 HD W would be much more maneuverable in soft, mushy snow. Ali thought the Temptation 88 HD would be “better suited for an intermediate to advanced skier with an upright stance.” It’s such a relaxed ski that if you try to drive it too hard it loses some of its composure.
We think the Temptation 88 HD is a great choice for less aggressive women who want a ski that has great performance on groomed slopes and doesn’t completely hold them back if they want to get into softer snow or more variable terrain. If you haven’t skied it since the updated version with Carbon Alloy Matrix, definitely try to get on a pair. They feel just as light as always, but have a little bit more oomph now.