This year the Rossignol Experience 100 gets an upgrade with a Carbon Alloy Matrix that Rossignol is indicating with HD in the name. The new Rossignol Experience 100 HD isn’t all that different from the Experience of last year, but the new fiber does add a bit more life and energy, while providing a touch more stability. I can’t say that for me it’s very noticeable in this ski, but since we already really liked the Experience 100, even a small upgrade will make this ski stand out. Again, Brian and I really enjoyed this ski. It’s definitely going to cater to advanced and expert skiers that like to carve medium to long radius turns at high speed. It’s not quite as powerful as the Head Monster 98, or Armada Invictus 99 Ti, but is the slightly better carver, and is more energetic than both of those.
Rossignol Experience 100 HD On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Look SPX 12
Riders: Brian and Matt
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
Ski Personality: The Rossignol Experience 100 HD is an all-mountain carver. This is one of the best carvers in this width, and it’s apparent that it likes to be on edge. The ski is maneuverable at lower speeds, but I wouldn’t call it playful.
On the Snow Feel: I would say that this ski is probably mostly locked-in. It was maneuverable at slower speeds, and not overly difficult to vary turn shape. Still, it’s most fun on edge, carving medium to long radius turns.
Powder: Like most skis in this class, the Rossignol Experience 100 HD is capable off piste in deeper snow, but isn’t exactly where it’s most at home. The Experience 100 HD has a stiff flex, deep sidecut, and only a small amount of rocker in the tip. It does okay in shallow chop and soft snow, but I wouldn’t grab this ski for really deep days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Rossignol Experience 100 HD requires a pretty strong skier. At slower speeds it’s not difficult to pivot or maneuver, and the ski is actually surprisingly easy to get on edge. Still, it’s a ski that likes to be driven, and when skied right the ski is very quick to respond. It feels more willing to turn than the Invictus 99 Ti or Monster 99. Actually it reminds me a lot of the Bonafide in this regard. It’s not hard to get the ski on edge, but once there you better be ready. The ski is going to respond quickly and pull you into the turn. Transitioning from edge to edge is also quicker and more energetic than the Invictus or Monster. Still, the ski is smooth and stable. I think if you’re the type of skier that prefers smooth, stable, and powerful long radius turns at the speed, the Invictus or Monster may be better. However, if you’re the type of skier that prefers a tenacious carver that is still smooth and stable, the Experience may be the ski. Either way, all three are skis that do require you to be on your game, but the reward is high for all three skis.
Speed: The Rossignol Experience 100 HD is solid at speed. It doesn’t feel quite as smooth as the Invictus or Monster, but it still has that damp and stable quality. On smooth groomers it was really hard to find this skis speed limit. The only thing I’d say is that while it has a pretty long radius (20m @ 182cm) it seems to prefer quicker turns than the Invictus or Monster, and probably slightly slower speeds as a result.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Rossignol Experience 100 HD is a capable ski off piste, but it can be a lot of work in deep variable or tracked out snow. The deep side-cut and slightly more traditional shape make it a bit more challenging to swing around when the snow starts getting deep. Those that are willing to work the ski through variable snow should find the ski capable, but it’s not easy in these conditions. I’d probably give the slight edge to the Invictus and Monster here, but neither one of those are fantastic in deep chop either.
Edge Hold: With its more traditional shape, I’d give the Rossignol Experience 100 HD the advantage in edge hold over the Monster or Invictus. This ski likes to be on edge, and even on hard packed groomers, the ski felt like it wanted to stay locked in. I felt like it was pretty close to the knifelike precision of the Bonafide.
Bottom Line: The Rossignol Experience 100 HD is another hard charging all-mountain carver. It has the stability and dampness for speed, and yet the tenacity and willingness to carve of a narrow front-side ski. It’s going to cater more to advanced and expert skier that are willing to work a bit, but the reward is big on this ski. It has great response and rebound energy, and a surprising quickness for its width. It doesn’t have the same top end as the Invictus or Monster, but has more life and energy than those skis. All three are quite powerful, and should stand up to hard chargers pretty well. If you find the Invictus to be too smooth and stable (less energetic), and the Bonafide to be a bit too one dimensional, the Rossignol Experience 100 HD may be the better option. It’s still better on piste than off, but may be a bit more versatile and approachable than the Bonafide (even if only slightly).
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