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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018



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Rossignol Hero Master R21 WC [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
All the reviewers agreed: like the Speedzone Master from Dynastar, Rossignol’s Hero Master R21 WC is a "fighter jet"... a real Giant ski, carved for very high speed and long turns. It's hard to find a better performer in this category if you don’t include FIS competition skis. The Hero Master R21 WC is striking for its great grip and stability, both judged exceptional by the reviewers, so you can zip down the runs at speeds you previously only dreamt of. Once in the turn, the ski is incredibly stable and grippy. As one reviewer said, it’s as if you’re on rail tracks. The fast and easy turn entry and very energetic exit rounds off the picture nicely. It’s a must. However, offsetting the incredible delivery and excellent behaviour in long turns, the Hero Master R21 WC is less happy in short and skid turns. It’s a true Giant ski, an excellent tool that's highly recommended for good to expert riders/competition skiers aiming above all for performance, but who don’t necessarily want an FIS ski.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Good grip and turn performance, exceptionally reliable push-off Incredible stability Easy turn initiation ...

Disliked: Requires good technical and physical dexterity to be exploited correctly The very grippy tail hampers good skid turn performance More demanding in s...

Rossignol Hero Elite LT Ti [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Best performance!Best performance!
Voted "Best Ski" in 2017, the Rossignol Elite LT Ti continues to stand out, this year taking third place as well as the "Best performance" medal. Like last year, it’s the perfect ski for this programme, distinctive for its overall behaviour and, above all, its precision turns, sliced with a scalpel. In long turns, its behaviour is similar to a giant ski, and we have the impression we’re "on a railway track" according to the reviewers. Turns can be steered to the nearest millimetre, pressure is rock solid and the ski is like a high-strung racehorse just raring to go. It’s awesome. With its general public "Konect" plate, the Hero Elite LT Ti is an excellent choice for good to expert athletic riders who’re looking for speed and long turns above all.

Liked: Overall performance Stability, especially in long turns Precise turn performance A ski that’s just raring to speed up Loves long turns ...

Disliked: The Elite LT Ti is a touch more physical, especially in short turns...

Rossignol Pursuit 800 ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

It's less efficient and has less character, but is more accessible than its cousin, the Speedzone 10 Ti. The Pursuit 800 Ti deserves its place among this selection of best skis on the market. In a category where we’re looking above all for consistency, the ski certainly fulfills its contract. Its accessibility, performance, comfort and versatility result in a well-balanced blend that will give a lot of enjoyment. It’s a one-quiver ski, incredibly tolerant and docile. The reviewers loved the easy, very intuitive carving that will help average riders to make technical progress. It’s slightly less happy in very dynamic turns at high speed on hard pack, but that's not included in this programme. The model is designed for intermediary to very good riders. It will help class 2 riders to make skid turns easily, and quickly progress to carving. More experienced riders will love its consistency and comfort.

Liked: Accessible Versatile Comfortable Very accessible Consistent Simple, intuitive carving ...

Disliked: Less responsive and less rebound than the Speedzone 10 ti Vibrates on hard pack at high speed ...

Rossignol Experience 88 HD [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

The Experience 88 HD is an amazing all-rounder on the piste with great turn initiation, performance, grip and rebound. It's reassuring and well-balanced, and exceptionally enjoyable. The ski is very versatile and alternates carving and skid turns, and small and long turns with ease. Accessibility is remarkable in skid turns. Once aligned, you just need to lean to enter the turn. Happy cruising, and especially enjoyable on soft snow, the Experience 88 HD can step up the pace and is responsive when you “give it all you’ve got". In freeride, it’s extremely versatile. However, the reviewers noted a certain inertia and lack of agility that hampers behaviour off-piste. It’s a very good ski, more piste-oriented than the Stormrider or the Kendo. We recommend it for anyone looking for smooth rides on the groomed runs but who like to go off-piste from time to time when the conditions are right.

Liked: Behaves well overall Enjoys groomed runs User-friendly Smooth in short and long turns ...

Disliked: Lacks agility off-piste...

Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!
Tested this year with the "general public" "Konect" plates rather than the R21 competition plates, the Hero Elite ST Ti from Rossignol did very well. True, it lost the "Best ski" distinction it got last year with the competition plate due to a decline in performance, but it made up for this with its remarkable user-friendliness and exceptional comfort for a slalom ski. The ski is very consistent, quite flexible (but relatively energetic) and very docile. One reviewer summed it all up: "It does what we ask it to do.” Much of the pleasure you get from the Elite ST Ti comes from the fact that you can take it easy during smooth long slide turns or, if you prefer, let rip down the slopes when you’re raring to go. Which makes it a very good learning ski that will help riders to make technical progress. We recommend it for intermediary to good skiers who want to take their performance to the next level, or very good to excellent riders who’re looking for an everyday ski that doesn’t call for non-stop physical engagement.

Liked: Overall performance Remarkably user-friendly Comfortable Smoothly pleasant rides without needing too much energy A very well-balanced ski Overa...

Disliked: While turn initiation is easy, it's less punchy than the SLX Fusion or the Dobermann SLR Evo. Slightly less convincing performance-wise on packed s...

Rossignol Pursuit 600 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

In this category, we’re looking for skis that are accessible to the weakest learners but that can help slightly more experienced riders move on to more technical turns. Here, Rossignol's Pursuit 600 fulfilled the first part of its contract but fell somewhat short in the second. True, even the weakest riders will find the ski very easy to handle. In particular, the ease of rotation and floating effect will please all those who’re still finding it hard to change direction. Skid turns are consistent and easy to steer. On the other hand, the ski is less happy when you step up the pace. Very flexible, it struggles to remain stable and retain pressure at high speed. In addition, its overdrive effect that’s very welcome at low speeds, becomes more problematic when we hit the accelerator in more dynamic turns. The Pursuit 600 is a good initiation ski for riders with a little experience (ESF class 1) to moderate speed carvers (beginning of class 3). It’s also an excellent model for riders looking for a tool that’s really easy to handle and requires very little physical engagement for cool cruising on the groomed piste.

Liked: A light ski User-friendly and very accessible overall Easy rotation Impression of going into overdrive that weaker riders will love Comfortable ...

Disliked: Very flexible, loses stability at medium speed The overdrive effect means that more experienced riders will need to hold back the pressure ...

Rossignol Famous 10 [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Best performance!Best performance!
The PROSKILAB reviewers came back beaming after riding the Famous 10 by Rossignol! The ski is an incredible performer, especially in turns where it really excels. It’s a very versatile model that can vary turn radius and style. But it’s mainly the playful and dynamic behaviour that sets it apart from its rivals and that riders will love, at least, as long as they’re willing to get actively involved, as the ski needs to be steered and engaged with, especially entering turns. It’s an excellent ski that we recommend with no hesitation for sporty, good to expert riders.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Impeccable hold in turns Lively and playful, with energetic rebound Great fun Adapts to long/short turns Very v...

Disliked: Requires engagement to enter turns Technically and physically demanding ...

Rossignol Sky 7 HD [click]
Type of ski :

True, it came last in a demanding preselection for the best skis on the market, but the Rossignol Sky HD has kept its predecessors’ character. Very flexible, especially at the tip, it’s remarkably easy to handle and will even go slightly into overdrive, with great float in deep snow up to intermediary speeds. But when we step up the pace, this flexibility makes it much more difficult to steer. It’s nonetheless a good ski that will suit a less sporty public looking for a very accessible leisure ski that will help them to tackle natural features. Measured weight of the model reviewed (ski only) by PROSKILAB: 1725 g

Liked: Very accessible Fun when cruising Quality and consistency of skid turns Planes in the powder A reassuring, no surprises ski ...

Disliked: A flexible ski that lacks character Not very happy when we step up the pace, especially on hard pack, Very flexible tip which chatters at high spee...

Rossignol Temptation 88HD [click]
Type of ski :

Rossignol’s Temptation 88 HD proved too demanding to do well in this category where we’re looking for a good compromise between grip and the capacity to cut through crud, accessibility and comfort. On the whole, the ski performs well, especially carving on the piste. However, the reviewers found it very stiff and hard to bend, and it requires physical and technical prowess to be exploited correctly. Rossignol’s target is expert riders... and we agree! Recommended for heavier, athletic riders with good technical skills.

Liked: Carving Performance ...

Disliked: A stiff ski that lighter reviewers found difficult to bend Requires some effort and technical prowess ...

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