At the top end of Rossignol’s new React line is the R8 Ti. This front-side cruiser is built with a lot of new and interesting technologies that will set it apart from its competition. With Flex Tip Technology, the tips and tails are shaped to channel energy and create easy turn initiation as well as smooth transmissions of power. Rossignol’s Line Control Technology (LCT) consists of a vertical strip of material that runs the length of the ski. It not only makes the ski stiffer and damper, but it does so without adding a full-sheet (or two) of metal. This new construction technology is found on a lot of Rossignol’s skis, all the way to the top-end models. The 2020 React R8 Ti is narrow underfoot at 73 mm, and has a 14-meter turn radius at the 176 cm length. This shorter turn radius is ideal for front-side carvers who are looking for a light and fun ski to rip the corduroy. Our testers loved the combination of lightweight and performance, and many of them were surprised (pleasantly) at the high-end performance of these skis.
Phil McGrory was one of those testers who loved the stability and quickness of the 176 cm length. His score of 4 out of 5 for overall impression is pretty awesome, as are his top marks for torsional stiffness and edge hold. His low score for versatility isn’t that surprising, as this ski is certainly best suited for hard, groomed trails. Phil calls the React R8 Ti a “phenomenal carving ski that loves short-radius turns. They’re very quick edge to edge. The ski is appropriately named because it “Reacts” to your every move.” Good point by Phil and always fun when a ski lives up to its name. Apparently, the ski left a strong impression on Phil because he concluded his review by calling the React R8 Ti a “very unique experience.”
Also on the 176, Bob St.Pierre found it to be a bit short. His top score for quickness and maneuverability is unsurprising, but his other high score for stability is a welcome sight. Additionally, the 4 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold is a strong indication that these skis are well built and designed for hard snow and groomer carving. “Nice and stable for a thinner (narrower) carving ski. Lots of fun—great combo of light and stable. Perfect for cruising from intermediate to advanced level. Due to the flat tail, it’s pretty stable back there and brings the ski around nicely.” Nice insight there from Bob who is highlighting the camber underfoot and throughout the tail. This gives the ski the intention of finishing the carve, and it’s a lot of fun.
Rick Randall liked the sizing of the 176 and gave top marks for stability, forgiveness, and torsional stiffness. It’s always interesting to see when a ski gets good stability and forgiveness scores, because those two characteristics are somewhat oppositional. No scores lower than 3 for Rick, as it sounds like he found them to be strong overall performers. “This ski was stable, the tip didn’t have any chatter like the older version of these skis. You do need to Drive the front of the ski more to initiate the turn.” Good info here from Rick, stating that he feels like a more experienced pilot will glean the best performance out of the React R8 Ti. He concludes by remarking that they “felt stable and predictable, although I did want some extra bite and energy.” Rick’s a strong skier, so our guess is that a majority of the ski population will find the skis have enough strength for their carving needs.
Front-side carvers will love the edge hold, forgiveness, and stability of the all-new 2020 Rossignol React R8 Ti. With the narrow waist, LCT, and the tip-only rocker, these skis have the build and the shape to lay down some mean tracks on the corduroy. Let them rip!