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2022 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti Ski Review

It feels crazy to say, but we’re easily half way through ski season right now. At this point, we’ve already tested just about every single 2022 ski from the 18 major ski brands we work with. We’ve shared some exciting new skis already, and today’s article marks another significant change to a major player in the ski industry: the Rossignol Experience line. Today, we’re specifically going to talk about the Experience 86 Ti, but Rossignol has revamped the entire Experience collection for both men and women with new shapes, new construction, and a new attitude. The Experience line has always been home to some of the most well-rounded skis with a very broad appeal for different skiers, and although they do feel different, these new skis carry that idea forward, which I think is important.

Perhaps most obviously, we have new widths in the Experience line. The widest Experience skis are now 86 mm underfoot, contrasting previous Experience skis which got all the way up to 100 mm wide in the waist back in the day. We get two constructions in that same width range and shape: Titanal and Basalt. There’s also both an 82 Ti and 82 Basalt, taking the place of the previous Experience 84. That’s basically the bulk of the line, but then we do also get some less-expensive options in the 80, 78, and 76 mm widths. So, new widths are the headline, but what makes these skis different?

AT A GLANCE


2022 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

CORE

STRENGTHS

167, 176, 185 cm

16 m at 176 cm

132 / 86 / 120 mm

Poplar, Titanal, Carbon Alloy Matrix, Drive Tip Solution

Edge Grip, Stability, Compliance


Let’s start with construction. Rossignol has been using a lot of different technologies in their skis in recent years, and that’s certainly true with the Experience 86 Ti. To start, we get an eco-friendly poplar wood core that comes with a PEFC Certification ensuring sustainable forest management. Cool! In fact, Rossignol is very committed to sustainable manufacturing, which is fantastic, and is something they’re really emphasizing for 2022. Their factory is powered by 100% carbon-free energy! That’s pretty darn cool too. Okay, so a poplar wood core starts things off, then we get two Titanal laminates. The Experience 88 Ti that these skis are replacing also used metal, but in Rossignol’s Line Control Technology method, utilizing a vertical strip of metal rather than horizonal laminates. The sheet of metal under the core is full width, and basically full length of the ski, while the metal on top of the core is full width underfoot, then tapers as it reaches the tips and tails, somewhat similarly to what we see in the K2 Disruption construction. We also get Rossignol’s Carbon Alloy Matrix weave and a new Drive Tip Solution. Longitudinal visco fibers in the tip of the ski absorb energy from bumps and variations in the snow surface, then the energy is dissipated through an open cell material in the forebody of the ski, resulting in a much smoother feel by the time those vibrations reach your foot. So, like we said, there’s a lot going on in these skis, but it’s all carefully engineered, and works really well, which we’ll get to.

Then there’s the shape. The Experience skis have gone through some changes over the past decade or so. We used to have extended sidecut, then in recent years they used more taper to increase versatility, kind of borrowing some shaping concepts from the 7 Series skis. Now, however, we’ve moving back to more of an extended sidecut design in what Rossignol is calling All Trail Sidecut. It’s designed to engage quicker, strengthen through the tail, and give the ski more purchase on the snow. It’s paired with All Trail Profile, which actually utilizes a good amount of tip rocker. The idea is to give the ski a progressive feeling in how it absorbs uneven terrain, without sacrificing edge grip when you tip it on edge. We get 3 lengths in the Experience 86 Ti, 167, 176, and 185, with turn radii ranging from 14 to 17 meters.

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Alright, let’s talk performance, and let’s start with groomers. Groomers have always been an application where the Experience skis shine, and this new version is the best ever. It’s not just better by a little bit, in my opinion, it’s significantly better, which is saying a lot. If the previous versions shone on groomers, this new Experience 86 Ti is absolutely glowing. The damp, smooth, quiet feel they achieve with the new metal laminates and the Drive Tip Solution surpasses anything Rossignol has achieved in these skis in past years. They are exceptionally smooth. They also feel more powerful than previous versions of the Experience skis. Both the original shape with the extended sidecut, and the most recent version with Line Control Technology. You can really stand on these skis and push harder and harder and harder without finding much of a limit.

What’s really interesting, and a big reason why they’re so good, is they also feel relatively light on your feet and still have some forgiveness that’s sometimes lost on powerful skis in this width range. The shorter turn radius helps with that. The 16 m radius in the 176 cm length that I (Jeff) tested really helps the ski come across the fall line. I had a similar experience on the Elan Wingman 86 CTI, which makes sense as there are a decent number of similarities between those two skis. It’s also not jarringly stiff, and the tip shape makes turn engagement smooth and relatively effortless. There are definitely more aggressive skis out there, but the Experience 86 Ti achieves a really nice balance of stability, power, and edge grip, while still remaining lighter on your feet, less fatiguing, and more approachable for skiers who aren’t just charging all the time. Simply put, if you’re looking for an all-mountain ski and you value carving performance, these are really, really good.

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Of course, we wouldn’t want to completely sacrifice all-mountain versatility for increased carving and firm snow performance, and this is another area where I think Rossignol struck a nice balance. Rossignol has plenty of skis that are designed more for off-piste terrain or soft snow conditions, so in my opinion it makes perfect sense to lean a little more towards the carving side of things, but we found they’re still capable when you go off trail as well. In fact, Bob St.Pierre was particularly enamored by their performance in moguls, and in light of that, this feels like a good time to insert a Bob quote:

In my two ski days on the Experience 86 Ti, I've found two very strong high points. The first is smoothness through the carve, as the long effective edge feels great from tip to tail. They are quiet, strong, and stable, and accomplish this feat in a lighter weight than some of the beefier 86-88 skis. While the outgoing 88 had more of a versatile, all-mountain feeling, these 86's now certainly border more, and compete with, the wider front side skis (Elan Wingman 86, Volkl Deacon 84, or Fischer RC One 86 GT). They manage to do this with a lighter weight and a quicker feeling than those skis, so it still does retain an all-mountain personality. The second merit of these skis is their mogul performance. At 86 mm wide and with a quicker-turning ability due to the weight, they are very fun in the bumps. Even though they have metal in them, they're not too stiff that they put you in the back seat, rather they have a nice sturdy feeling that allows them to provide positive feedback without being too demanding. Overall, between their intuitive nature on the groomers and their accessibility in bumps, I'm pretty stoked on these new Experience 86 Ti's, as they make a fantastic eastern and firm snow ski.

I’ll be the first to admit that when I saw the new shape and even when I took my first runs on them, mogul performance isn’t something I was thinking about. I think that’s natural for someone with a lot of experience on different skis. I see an extended sidecut shape and think: “that’ll be catchy in moguls.” While the shape of the previous skis, as Bob mentions, is more versatile in the sense that it’s providing more float and/or feels more agile in tight terrain, but this new version certainly didn’t lose all of that. The ability to release the tail edge is still there, and although it may require a little more skier input, it feels like a perfectly reasonable tradeoff given the improved performance on firm snow. I also find the tip and tail rocker profile really helps in moguls and other off-piste terrain. That Drive Tip Solution is undoubtedly also helping. With the shape of the tip and that technology, the ski absorbs and adapts to different terrain really well, which helps a ton when you’re driving your tips into bumps like Bob.

All in all, I think it’s safe to say this is the best Experience yet. I said it the first time I skied them, and I still feel that way after 4-5 days on them. They are responsive, smooth, damp, and very rewarding linking turns on firm snow. Versatile enough to release the tail edge and ski some steeper terrain without feeling like you’re locked into a turn. Agile enough for moguls and low-snow trees. It’s still a true all-mountain ski, but I think the difference now is it’s going to better satisfy high level carvers. Bob listed some heavy hitters in this category, and I think he’s right. It’ll go head to head with those skis without any hesitation and brings with it its own unique characteristics.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 02/18/21

29 thoughts on “2022 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti Ski Review

  1. Thanks for this great review! I am 6'2" 215 lbs. advanced intermediate looking for a primarily frontside ski. I had been considering the Nordica Navigator 85 and the Rossi Experience 88 because I understood them to be good carvers that could still be fun if you let up on the gas a little bit. I like to hit the blacks in the Midwest, but I spend a lot of time on blues with my kids. I tried the Navigator, and liked them, though there were times I wanted something slightly stiffer. Are these skis I should wait for? What length would be good?

    1. HI Christopher!
      I like the Navigator comparison, but I'd say the Experience 86 initiates a bit better and is a slightly stiffer ski overall, but still not too demanding. I think a lot of skiers like you are going to successfully gravitate towards the Experience 86. There's nothing wrong with the outgoing 88, it's just a bit heavier and not quite as sophisticated or intuitive. I'd wait, and I'd go with the 176 if you're still on the mellower side, or the 185 if you're interested in more stability at speed (at the cost of quickness and ease). Have fun!
      SE

  2. Hey Jeff and Bob! Awesome review. Sounds like this ski may be a good ticket for high end carving performance with some decent mogul capability as well, which is what I'm looking for. Have a 172cm 74mm pair of carvers, but have been looking for something wider that still retains a lot of edge hold and dampness at speed, but makes some concessions for moguls / variable snow, as these carvers as you mention are catchy in the moguls and have a very stiff, flat tail. I also have a 177cm Fischer Ranger 102 FR which are really fun if the snow is soft / smooth, but I want something with a higher speed limit that is better on hard snow and blasting through chewy stuff.

    In addition to this ski, do you guys recommend any other skis to consider? I'm an advanced skier based in the Mid Atlantic, ~145lbs / 5'8".

    Thanks in advance!

    1. HI Gordon!
      I'm also a big fan of the K2 Mindbender 90Ti for that application, with a good blend of carving and mogul performance, also able to blast through crud. The 86Ti is cool because it's a bit narrower than the 88-90 skis, so it does have a different feel to it, especially in terms of quickness. It still has that all-mountain feel to it, while something like the Fischer RC One 86 GT or Elan Wingman 86 Ti/CTi are more carving oriented, but in a wider shape. I like the all-mountain skis for what you're looking for, and the new Experience 86 is one of the better ones we've been on lately. I'd look to the high 160's to low 170's for length. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks for the feedback, super helpful! I'll definitely check out the Mindbender alongside these Experiences. Just to clarify, when you say you like the all-mountain skis for what I'm looking for, are you saying something like the Wingman or RC One is a little too much of a piste ski? The skis that were spinning around in my brain were exactly those two skis, along with more freeridey things like Enforcer 88, Navigator 85, and Brahma 88/82 - although I wonder if the Brahma's are a little too burly for my application. Would be curious your thoughts on those as well.

        Thanks again!

      2. Thanks for the quick feedback, super helpful! I'll definitely check out the Mindbenders alongside these Experiences. One thing to clarify though - when you say you like the all mountain skis for what I'm looking for, are you saying that the Wingman / RC One you mention are more piste-oriented than you'd recommend? I ask because I had exactly those two skis spinning around in my brain, as well as more freeridey alternatives like the Enforcer 88, Navigator 85, Kendo 88, and Brahma 88/82. I wonder your thoughts on some of these as well, if you don't mind.

        Thanks again! Hoping to maybe get to Stowe next season and come visit you guys in person! 🙂

      3. Thanks for the informative review of the redesigned 2022 Rossi Experience. I’ve skied Rossi Experience skis for many years, including the 2014 Experience 88 and 2020 Experience 94Ti. Compared to the Exp 88, I’ve found the Exp 94Ti (length 180cm) to perform much better in moderate powder, up to about 6 inches, and crud, while maintaining great turn and edging on steep groomers. When I replace my Exp 94Ti at the end of this season or early next season, how will the new narrower 2022 Exp 86Ti compare to it—will it maintain the improved powder performance compared to my older Exp 88?

        I am 5’9”, aged 66, and 155 pounds, an expert (level 7-8) skier skiing about 70% steep groomers in Colorado Rockies, about 15% moderate powder/crud (less than about 6”) and remainder off-piste, such as steep bowls, and/or bumps. I’ll ski Rossi Soul 7 in deeper powder.

        I’ve loved skiing Rossi’s, including Bandits, Sky HD, Soul 7 and several versions of Experience, but am willing to try others. What do you suggest?

        1. HI Ronald!
          We've found the 2022 Experience to be more similar to the 2014 version versus the "current" 88's and 94's. However, the 2022 version is lighter and with more tip rocker, so it is a friendlier ski than the older 88. It's certainly a different feel than the current 88's and 94's, but the application is very similar. They're mostly front-side skis with some versatility built in--very capable carvers with a good amount of power and grip, but you still don't have to be on the edge all the time, like I found to be the case with the older ski. There's certainly still a place for that wider ski on deeper days, but for the most part, this new 86 is a true ripping ski for a wide variety of conditions and terrain. I'd also add the Elan Wingman 86 CTi to that list, and on the slightly heavier side, the Fischer RC One 86 GT. Have fun!
          SE

  3. Hi Jeff and Bob,

    Great review! I have watched many of your reviews. I currently own Enforcer 104 Free, and am looking for a front side ski primarily used in East (Killington, Sugarbush, Stratton, and etc.). I ski a lot of black and mogul trails. I enjoy carving although I am not very good at it yet. I see both of you have high praise for 86 Ti. How do you compare it with Enforcer 88? Which one will you recommend for my situation? I am 5’11 and 185lbs. What length would be good? Thanks in advance!

    1. HI Heng!
      The 86 is quicker and lighter than the Enforcer 88, but due to the more front-side shaping, is still a very stable ski, even at speed. I prefer it in bumps and tight spots, as the tail isn't quite as demanding as that on the Enforcer, it just lacks the top-gear that the Enforcer has. For a bit more carving-oriented of a ski, I'd go with the Rossignol in the 176. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hi guys, I have been going though all your video reviews to help me decide on my first ski purchase because they have the most informative and helpful. I'm a solid intermediate who skis on the piste 100%. Looking to learn carved turns and have a play off-piste and moguls (although still 80-90% pistes) so started looking at the Experience 84 then switched to the Volkl Kanjo, then to the Nordica Navigator 85, now just seen this review and wondering if the Experience 86 would be better or a step too far for my level? Cheers

    1. Thanks, Mark!
      I'd put the Experience 86 and the Navigator in a slightly more advanced group than the Exp 84 and the Kanjo. Those skis use metal for stability and power, but it does come with the cost of weight. I think the 86 is on the high side of the ability spectrum for you and your list, but it's not unattainable. If you're progressing and advancing and are looking for something strong, it's a great choice, and it's not too demanding that you have to be on it all the time. Navigator is the same way--a great turner, but does have a strong and responsive tail for sure. Kanjo is light and quick and loves to turn, but not quite the high gear of the other two. I do think the Kanjo checks all of your boxes, while the Nav and the 86 might be on the "reach" side of the spectrum. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hey guys, thanks for all the helpful reviews you do!

    I am an advanced skier looking for a mid 80s ski with good carving ability and good performance in bumps. I've been looking at the Volkl Deacon 84 and the Experience 84 that has been around for a few years, but now this is in the picture as well. My understanding is that this new Experience 86 is going to be more similar to the Deacon 84 in terms of its great carving ability, but not quite as versatile or high performing in bumps. And then the Experience 84 is going to give up some carving ability, but be slightly more versatile and better in the bumps. Is this correct?

    So if I want to prioritize bumps I should go with the experience 84, but if I want a carving focused ski I should go with the Deacon or this new 86? Between the Deacon and 86, which is better in the bumps?

    Thanks!

    1. HI Nathan!
      I actually quite enjoyed the Experience 86 in the bumps, as it's relatively light and quick, even if it's a bit on the stiff side, at least it's consistent. The Experience 84 has a lighter wood core, so it is easier to get around, especially in bumps, but does not offer the true all-mountain performance of the Deacon or the 86. I prefer the Experience 86 in the bumps to the Deacon 84, as that ski just has too metallic of a feel for me, in addition to having the system binding versus the flat of the E86, which I find better in the bumps, despite the Low Ride ploy of the Deacon. Have fun!
      SE

  6. Nice review (as usual!)

    I'm an advanced-to-expert but fairly casual skier that stays 85% on groomers in the east. I prefer shorter turns and a more playful style of skiing - I'm not a speed machine at all, but I do prefer a pair of skis that can handle some ice even if it isn't slicing through it like butter.

    I'm wondering if you have a recommendation among the following skis for something that would fit the above criteria? The new Rossi seems like an interesting option, but I'm not sure how playful it would feel.

    Rossignol Experience 86 Ti
    Nordica Enforcer 88
    Blizzard Rustler 9
    K2 Mindbender 90 Ti
    Elan Wingman 86 Cti
    Elan Ripstick 96 BE

    1. HI Nicolai!
      The Experience falls somewhere in the middle of your list in terms of playfulness--more so than the Enforcer and Wingman, but not as much as the Ripstick or Rustler. Mindbender falls in the middle as well, and that's kind of where I'd recommend you find your ski, as the others are (relative to your list) on the extremes. Ripstick and Rustler are the wider, more freeride-y skis, while the Enforcer and Wingman, and to a slightly lesser degree, the Experience, fall more in the front side category. The K2 makes a lot of sense, as it has a wide variety of attributes , and falls in the middle of the width range of your list. There are more right choices than wrong ones, and you'll find a lot to like from either the Experience or the Mindbender. Have fun!
      SE

    1. HI DocGKE!
      The Experience has a stiffer flex to it than the others, and a similar taper-free shape to it as the Liberty. The M-Pro stands out more as a narrower freeride ski with more versatility, while the Evolv and Experience fall into the wider carving ski category. I actually liked the Experience a lot in the bumps--not quite as much as the M-Pro, but more so than the Evolv. Have fun!
      SE

  7. I've been considering the Fischer 86 GT's and wondering how you compare these? I'm an ex-racer turned 75% groomer, 25% technical/bowls/trees/moguls/etc. Looking for speed and fun that will still do well in the technical stuff when I get out there.

    1. HI Evan!
      The Fischer has more density and stability to it for sure. The lighter Experience still has more of that all-mountain flair versus the Fischer, but they carve pretty darn well for how quick and maneuverable it is. The same can't really be said about the Fischer, which is better when it's locked into a carve. A skier with a race background might appreciate that more, unless you're looking to get the fun factor out front. Have fun!
      SE

  8. I am looking for a ski which does the all mountain job. Expert skier who currently has probably owns 5-6 pairs of skis (most are too old to mention).
    I tried the old Experience 84 circa 3 years ago and was very impressed on the piste / carving but on the crud they felt as if they had no grip. Soul 7 are great off piste but too flappy at speed. I love the bumps but equally ready to hit a GS line if I see one, and then bomb through the trees & bowls off piste. I have skied on Rossi & Salomon skis and have found the latter to be too soft and forgiving but then the Rossi skis have always been stiffer & I had to push quite hard to get them engaged. 6.2" 15 stone skiing in the Alps. What length would you recommend? Any other all mountain skis worthy of exploring? Many thanks.

    1. HI Robin!
      We've all been very impressed with not only the carving ability of the E86Ti, but also the versatility. Salomon Stance 90 is also worth a look. I'd go with the 184 in those skis. Have fun!
      SE

  9. Jeff and Bob,
    Great review...again. Quick question. I've been skiing '17/18 Exp 88 180 and was planning to purchase either '20 or '21 Exp 88 (I had demoed the '19s and liked them), but it sounds as if the '22 is definitely an upgrade. So...I'm 6'1", 195 lbs, ski the rockies, adv/int who skies aggressively (20-40mph), spending 90% on groomers (not a huge fan of powder), and I avoid the bumps. I'm leaning to the 185 since these appear to carve better and perhaps the 185s would perform better than the 176s at speed, but not sure. Your opinion would be much appreciated.
    Thank you again for your great reviews.
    Jerome

    1. Thanks Jerome!
      I'm 6/2 220 (Bob) and I felt the 185 was right on the money. I bet I'd say the same thing if it was a 187 as well...
      But for you, yes, the 185 is the way to go given your speed and the fact that you're on groomers most of the time. Have fun!
      SE/Bob

  10. 140pds 5-6 height-- INT/ADV. SKI FRONTS I think I ski aggressively speed about 35 to 50 always trying to carve better. .Skis I am using Rossignol HERO ELITE multi Turn TI 159CM 74 WAIST OR UNDERFOOT.. LOOKING FOR ANOTHER PAIR OF SKIS HOW ABOUT THE ROSSIGNOL 86 TI...I am 83

    1. HI Bernard!
      I would think you'll be pretty happy on the 86. Very fun skis with a high-end of carving power. I'd look to the low-mid 160's for length. Have fun!
      SE

  11. I am on E100 (182) which, unlike may I like ( except in crud) my morning ski is a Hero FIS SL. The E 86 sounds like a good replacement for the E100.
    Your edge shots make it look like it skis short, so I am thinking of the 185?
    I am 5 10 185 lbs. 25yrs masters racing, now retired.
    When will you have these available? I live in New Zealand so would like them for this season.

    1. Hi Mike!
      OUr 2022s are trickling in between now and late summer here, so keep your eyes out! The longer length will give you that longer turn, so I'd think it depends if you're looking for a quicker or a longer arc. Not sure when your season starts, but I'd think it unlikely that we'll have our stock prior to August.
      SE

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