2018-2019 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Rossignol Experience 94 Ti for Blister
Rossignol Experience 94 Ti

Ski: 2018-2019 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm

Available Lengths: 173, 180, 187 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.2 cm

Stated Weight per Ski (180 cm): 2050 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (188 cm): 2062 & 2063 grams

Stated Dimensions: 132-94-122 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 130.6-91.7-120.7 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 19 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 56 mm / 17 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 7-8 mm

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.9 cm from center; 84.2 cm from tail

Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: On the line

Boots / Bindings: Tecnica Cochise 130 & Nordica Promachine 130 / Tyrolia AAAttack2 13 Demo

Test Locations: Taos Ski Valley, NM; Telluride Ski Resort & Arapahoe Basin, CO

Reviewers:

  • Brian Lindahl: 5’10”, 180 lbs
  • Jonathan Ellsworth: 5’10”, 175 lbs

Days Skied (Total): 8

Intro

For the 2018-2019 season, Rossignol is introducing an all-new Experience line of skis, which are Rossi’s designated “all-mountain” skis. While the “all-mountain” category can be a bit confusing, Rossignol’s marketing copy paints a pretty clear picture of what they’re intending for the new Experience skis.

Here’s what Rossignol says about the new Experience line:

“Designed for all terrain adventure on every side of the resort, the all-new EXPERIENCE range offers the perfect blend of power, precision, and playful versatility from the back bowls of Vail to the slopes of Val d’Isère. Experience the playful fluidity to drift, smear, and carve; the pure snow contact and stability for ultimate control.”

Shape / Rocker Profile / Width

For an all-mountain ski of this width, the Experience 94 Ti has pretty standard amount of tip and tail rocker (i.e., it’s pretty minimal), and it has a lot of traditional camber. Looking at the rocker / camber profile of the Experience 94 Ti, it does look pretty piste-oriented and less inclined to “drift and smear,” despite Rossi’s claims that it is “designed for all terrain adventure on every side of the resort.”

It’s also maybe worth noting that our 187 Exp. 94’s are coming in at just under 92 mm in width at the waist. We don’t really care about “91.7” vs “94.0,” but for those looking for a ~95 mm wide ski to use as a 1-ski quiver, well, this “94” is actually more in line with a ski like the Nordica Enforcer 93 or Liberty VMT 92 than skis like the Volkl Mantra or Blizzard Bonafide. Again, that’s neither a good nor bad thing, but it’s worth noting as you (and we) look to make apples-to-apples comparisons.

Flex Pattern

Hand flexing these skis, here’s how we’d characterize their flex pattern:

Tips: 7.5-8
Shovels: 8-8.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind Heel Piece: 9.5
Tails: 9.5-10

Overall, the 187 cm Experience 94 Ti is very strong ski. While its tips and shovels are pretty accessible, the Experience 94 Ti’s tails are some of the stiffest we’ve ever flexed. Compared to the Head Kore 93, the Experience 94 Ti has slightly stiffer tips and shovels. And the Experience 94 Ti has even stiffer tails than the Head Monster 98. The Experience 94 Ti is noticeably stiffer in both the tips and the tails than the 185 cm Nordica Enforcer 93.

Weight

At around 2060 grams per ski, the 187 cm Experience 94 Ti is not coming in crazy light, though it’s still not nearly as heavy as skis like the 187 cm J Skis Masterblaster or Head Monster 98.

For reference, here are a few of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for a few notable skis:

1585 & 1586 Head Kore 93, 180 cm
1686 & 1725 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm
1894 & 1980 Black Crows Daemon, 183.6 cm
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 189 cm
1943 & 1968 Liberty VMT 92, 186 cm
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19)
2024 & 2029 Salomon QST 99, 188 cm
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm
2054 & 2059 ON3P Wrenegade 98, 184 cm
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm
2344 & 2367 J Skis Masterblaster, 187 cm
2373 & 2397 Head Monster 98, 184 cm

Comparisons

Here is a list of some of the skis we’ll be comparing to the Experience 94 Ti, and let us know in the comments below if there are any other comparisons you’d like to see.

Liberty VMT 92,
Head Kore 93, 180 cm
Head Kore 99, 189 cm
Head Monster 98, 184 cm
J Skis Masterblaster, 187 cm
Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm
Volkl Mantra M5, 184 cm (when we get on the 184)

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Rossignol Experience 94 Ti looks like a strong ski that we expect to perform well on groomers and reward good technique. However, we’re even more curious to see how well it handles “all-mountain” responsibilities. We’re getting time on it this weekend in Telluride, so stay tuned for updates.

NEXT: The Full Review

 

8 comments on “2018-2019 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti”

  1. Hey Jonathan.
    I would like to see most of the skis mentioned above compared to the Kastle FX95HP that for me is a excelent and versatile ski at this category. But never saw here a review nor even a mention of this great ski on any review of the whole site.
    Regards,
    Mauro.

    • Mauro,

      The fx95hp is an amazing ski. It is nothing like the old experience 100 or the new one. If anything, last years experience is very similar to the Mx88, and the new one is more similar to the old fx 94, and not just because of the similar waist but interns of construction and the way it skis. The old fx will be smoother, more forgiving, but the experience will have way better edge grip. The older experience has got crazy edge grip, tons of power and minimal forgiveness. Both the old and new experience do not float that well and really share nothing in common with the fx95hp. The fx has got perfect combination of power and forgiveness. It drifts so nicely in bumps unlike the experience which tends to get hooky, especially the old one. The fx is so smooth with insane float for a 95mm Ski. The experience is just a tad better carver on firm, while the fx does everything so well. Truly an incredible Ski.

  2. How does this ski compare to the older E100? (Specifically, the Blue/Yellow ones from 16/17? i think?) Is it the replacement in Rossi’s lineup? Or is it more like the old E88?

    • I have that 16/17 E100 and just got off a day on the new 94. To oversimplify, they detuned the shovel or you could say they grafted on a a high tech honeycomb nose. It actually looks (only looks) just like the enforcer 93. The result is that the entry is more playful and forgiving. Still rips hard, but MUCH more maneuverable in tight steeps, bumps, and variable chop – with massive grip to follow once you set your turn.. The E100 has a serious hook while the new design is more surfy and slidey in the front, but still backed up by true stiff mid fat Carver. It takes it a huge step into all mountain territory. While still retaining the dancy snap of the experience line.
      I also did some A/B with the updated 88 which was also playful, precise, and super responsive tho not as surfey as it’s big brother. Neither had any noticeable top end. And the shovels were nice and damp at speed.

  3. Is there any number between 80 and 100 that has NOT been a Rossi Experience at this point? :-)
    Disclaimer: I have and love the E98.

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