The 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti remains unchanged for this year, and that’s a good thing for a ton of skiers. Last year, the improvements made the Experience 88 Ti a fan favorite of both SkiEssentials testers and the general public. They flew off the shelves and made a ton of skiers happy. The intended audience is a huge portion of the skiing population, and there are a bunch of skiers who love this shape, build, and character. Fun, playful, and full of energy, the Experience 88 Ti features an HD core with a Titanium Line Control Technology strut. This gives the ski excellent fore/aft stiffness without the weight of a full-sheet of metal. As a result, you get a ton of power out of the carve with these skis, but do not lose any of the quickness and maneuverability that combine to make a great all-mountain ski. From groomers to bumps and trees, these skis are built to handle a wide variety of terrain and snow conditions. While not powder skis by any stretch, they’ll handle the random snow days while excelling on the firmer snow in between.
Marcus Shakun found his 180 cm test length to be on the short side, but he still had some high scores. Pretty much all 3’s and 3.5’s for Marcus all down the line. This type of consistent scoring is indicative of a versatile and consistent ski. Marcus pegs these skis as best suited for “advanced intermediate to advanced experts.” They do have a very high-performance ceiling that is fun to try to reach. “It’s a utility knife in the 88-90 category. Does it all and makes medium turns the best. It will lock into longer turns, but wants to go back to shorter turns.” It does have a 16-meter turn radius at the 180 cm length, after all.
Also finding the 180 to be short, Parker Herlihy would have preferred the 187. His top score of 4 out of 5 for playfulness is not shocking, as are the rest of his scores, which were consistent 3’s. Again, when we see a lot of similar scores, it speeds to the all-mountain versatile nature of the ski. Parker calls the Experience 88 Ti a “Rossignol Ripper.”
Rick Randall liked the 180 and had a lot of 4’s out of 5 on his scoresheet. “Playful ski, as it felt lively. Edge hold on firm snow wasn’t amazing, but it held better in softer snow. The was maneuverable and easy to ski, and should be a good all-conditions ski for the upper intermediate or lighter-weight skier.” This fits in with his high scores, and shows the true chameleon-esque character of the Experience 88 Ti.
Tad Lamell found the 180 to be appropriate, and had lots of high scores. His low score of 3 out of 5 was for torsional stiffness and edge hold, as it seems like he preferred the ski in soft snow versus hard snow. “The Experience 88 Ti did not hold as well as others on hard snow.” That said, his other high scores for playfulness and quickness show the other side of these skis, and tout the versatile and all-mountain nature that made this ski so popular among a huge group of skiers.
There’s a lot to like about the 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti. So much so that Rossignol didn’t change anything. This way, more skiers will get to fall in love with the overall versatility and performance of these great skis. The all-terrain rocker makes it easy to ski a bunch of differet terrain and snow conditions, and for skiers who want a high-performance ski that they don’t have to think about a lot, the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti will be your best friend.