2023 Rossignol Experience 86 Basalt Skis w/ Konect SPX 12 GW Bindings
Rossignol Experience 86 Basalt Skis w/ Konect SPX 12 GW Bindings
A new addition to Rossignol's Experience Collection is the Experience 86 Basalt. Built with the same shape as the Experience 86 Ti, this ski features no metal in its construction, but rather uses Basalt in combination with a wood core to provide a very responsive and lightweight feel overall. It's always refreshing to see ski manufacturers using different materials in their designs to create unique on-snow experiences. The Experience 86 Basalt is no exception The shape of these skis beckons to the skier to make dynamic turns on groomed terrain. They have a bit of tip rocker, but for the most part, the sidecut is fairly extended and there is no early taper so you get a nice long effective edge that gives this ski a certain willingness to get into a turn. It's not hooky, nor is it very demanding, but at a radius of 16 meters, it does create a fairly quick turn shape. At 86 millimeters under the boot, it blends a carving ski with an all-mountain ski, and while this ski definitely excels on the groomed stuff, it's slightly wider platform and lighter build make it fun in ungroomed terrain and a fantastic bump ski. Overall, this ski does a phenomenal job at mixing a lightweight, playful and dynamic feel with a powerful on piste performance. It would be a great choice for a lighter skier, a skier with a slightly more conservative style, or for a skier who simply just wants a light frontside ski for carving but that has the capabilities to venture into some ungroomed terrain as well.
- Sidecut: 132/86/120 mm
- Radius: 16 meters
- Full wood core
- Basalt Laminate
- Drive Tip technology
- Textured top sheet
- Tip and tail rocker
- Konnect SPX 12 GW Bindings
- Ability level: Advanced intermediate to expert skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers
The Stance is the most all-mountain oriented of the group, with the Rossignol in the middle, and the Wingman at the high end of the performance spectrum. I think you'll get a lot of performance out of the Rossignol, especially on the groomers, with some agility and versatility built in. The Elan might be on the strong side for what you're looking to do while the Experience I think is right on the money. Have fun!
I would say that those speeds and the yearning for off-piste performance puts you more in the Enforcer category. I love the 86 Basalt, but it's better for carving on trail while the Enforcer has more of a freeride mentality while still retaining a strong carving character. I'd look to the 172 unless you prefer longer skis in which case the 179 should be fine. Have fun!
Would you recommend this ski for a low/mid-intermediate? I was trying to decide between this and E82 Basalt, Salmon Stance 84, and Elan Wingman Ti.
I'm 5-9 and 205lbs and mostly going to be on groomers on the west coast (north california/tahoe). I'd assume 167cm is the right size.
I think that's a great setup for you. Nice to have some width underfoot for sure. I'd stick to that one in the 167. have fun!
I am in my late 40s, i have skied my whole life and trying to go out more frequently now that my kids don't need me! I spend 50% of my time in the trees and powder when i can find it. Otherwise, happy to tackle groomers or mogguls. I don't really like wide underfoot skis (maybe i'm just old) and one-quiver skis are hard to find I know. Could this one do it for me? If not, any suggestions? thanks in advance! Benoit
That ski has a surprising amount of versatility to it, while retaining a strong on-piste personality. Also check out the Elan Ripstick 88 for a bit more of an all-mountain feel. Have fun!