For 2020, the Rossignol Experience 84 Ai W remains unchanged. And for good reason. This ski was enormously successful last season, as it appealed to a huge range of skiers with various ski abilities and backgrounds. As a result, Rossignol is bringing it back in the hopes of hooking even more skiers with their versatility, poise, and ease of use. Built with a composite wood core with basalt laminates, the skis are light and quick. Rossignol added the Line Control Technology (LCT) in ABS form to decrease vibrations and increase fore-aft stiffness. By adding a vertical strip of ABS plastic, Rossignol stiffens the ski without weighing it down with metal laminates. Once you start slapping metal laminates in these skis, you start alienating a huge portion of the ski population. At 84 mm underfoot, the skis are getting to the point of a pure front-side ski, but they still do have all-mountain capabilities. The tip and tail rocker allow for some flotation in the softer snow, and the Air Tip VAS lightens the swing weight to make the ski maneuverable and quick in the bumps and trees. Our testers were fans of the quickness and stability of the skis, and all recognized the intended market and audience of these skis.
Ali Berlin skied the 160 and found it to be the right length. She loved the playfulness, quickness, and forgiveness of the ski, showing that while they are on the soft side, they still have some good snap and pop to them. Even so, Ali points out that they’re “not as poppy as the Temptation (older version with a pretty square tail) line, but they did handle well through the softer snow and were quite responsive.” It was a pretty big change from the Temptation models that were certainly more piste-oriented than the Experience, but these new skis are much more well-rounded and versatile. Again, appealing to a huge audience. Ali concludes by stating that the Experience 84 Ai W is “a good all-mountain ski for an intermediate to advanced skier, but mellow.” Nice caveat, Ali!
Carly Monahan hopped on the 168, and although she found it to be a good length, she “would go shorter for my daily driver.” Carly gave the Experience 84 some pretty high scores including a 5 out of 5 for overall impression, torsional stiffness, stability, and quickness. Sounds like Carly is just the type of skier that Rossignol had in mind when they developed the Experience 84 Ai W. Noting the light tips, Carly states that “the tips were a bit chattery at speed, but I really couldn’t feel it at all. They felt super-smooth and stable like buttah!” With any lightness, you’re likely to give up some stability, and that is all Carly is really noting here. She concludes by stating that they “arced nice big turns with nice flow and were nimble enough for quick and playful cruising, too.” Sounds like a very favorable overall impression to us!
Also on the 168, Lauren Lepage was a huge fan of the versatility of this ski. While that category only got a 4 out of 5, all of her scores were 4’s out of 5, leading us to infer that it is an extraordinarily well-rounded ski that can not only do a little bit of everything, but also do it well. “I’m really enjoying the Experience 84 Ai! These light skis have great control and maneuverability. The weight doesn’t seem to sacrifice any of the carving features or abilities of the ski.” Great comments from Lauren, who concludes with a strong closer: “I feel like they got the ski just right!”
There’s a lot of skiers out there who should spend some time on the Rossignol Experience 84 Ai W. For front-side skiers who are looking for a decent amount of versatility in a light weight and fun package, look no further than these sweet skis.