Rossignol Temptation 88 HD ski review, 2017/2018 women's All-Mountain Front Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

Last season, Rossignol introduced Carbon Alloy Matrix, a plaid pastiche of carbon and basalt that boosted the performance of all skis on which it was bestowed. None more so than the Experience 88, the unisex twin to the Temptation 88 skis. This year, it’s the women's turn to crow. Whatever the Temptation 88 of yore could do, the Temptation 88 HD does better. Better edge grip on hard snow? Check. More resistant to buffeting in off-trail crud? Check. More life at the end of the turn to inspire the more skilled? Absolutely. And more stability at speed in dicey conditions? Double check. Bear in mind that Rossignol's Temptation 88 HD is temperamentally most suited to groomed terrain, where its extended sidecut wants to enter a turn early and leave late. While it won’t buck about heading off-piste, the ski is more inclined to carve its tracks into groomage. “CREAMY CREAM,” in all caps was Margit Caine’s (The Sport Loft) Rossignol Temptation 88 HD encapsulation. So smooth, she added, “They’d be perfect for ladies’ day at Deer Valley,” the resort renowned for its impeccable grooming.

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