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Rossignol Temptation 88 Review

Top Pick Award
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Price:  $650 List
Pros:  Stable at speed, great at all things on-piste
Cons:  Not great in powder
Manufacturer:   Rossignol
By Jessica Haist, Nicole Deaver, and Renee McCormack  ⋅  Jan 26, 2016
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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Carving - 20% 10
  • Crud - 20% 6
  • Powder - 20% 6
  • Playfulness - 15% 7
  • Bumps - 5% 8

The Skinny

The Temptation 88 is No Longer in Production
As an all-mountain ski, the Rossignol Temptation 88's inclination leans heavily towards carving groomers and general on-piste performance. Our testers have a lot of fun making tight, peppy turns while skiing hard pack and groomed runs on this ski. That is why it wins our Top Pick Award for best carving performance. The Temptation 88 is extremely stable at speed and very damp, giving us the confidence to go fast. These skis can handle themselves in most conditions, from variable ice and crust to chopped up chalk. They fell short when we took them out on a powder day, but do provide some float with their wide 135mm tips.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

For the 15-16 season the Rossignol Temptation 88 keeps the same technology, dimensions, and price from the 14-15 ski season. The only update that has taken place is a new graphic change, making our review as relevant as the first day that we published it. We prefer the new eye catching colors of the new graphics.

Check out a side-by-side comparison below, with the 15-16 model shown on the left and the 14-15 version pictured on the right.

Rossignol Temptation 88
Rossignol Temptation 88

The Temptation 88 really shines on-piste and is great fun to carve snappy, quick turns. It is an excellent pick for a skier who wants to spend the majority of her time ripping up the groomers at high speeds, but who also wants the ability to ski anywhere in any condition when she chooses to venture off the trails. Our ski school instructor tester thought this ski was the bee's knees, and would have taken it home on the spot if she had the chance!

Performance Comparison


The Rossignol Temptation 88 is a top performer in our review  but is not the most versatile model we tested. We like the generous sidecut and small turn radius when on groomers and hard pack.
The Rossignol Temptation 88 is a top performer in our review, but is not the most versatile model we tested. We like the generous sidecut and small turn radius when on groomers and hard pack.

Stability at Speed


This ski likes to go fast and make turns. The Temptation 88 is one of the most stable skis in this review. It likes to rail turns at high speeds and has stable edge hold. Not only can it hold an edge in any condition on any slope, but is damp enough that they make almost no chatter on steep chalky, chunky-ness. Our testers love how confident they feel blasting down groomers as fast as they can muster with this model, even on very steep, firm slopes. The tip has pronounced rocker, but we noticed no flopping at all. We noticed most skis in this review had some tip flopping at speed, especially the Armada ARVW. The Temptations are nice and stiff, so a strong skier will love the feedback she gets when it is pressured.

The Temptation 88 is a great ski for someone who wants to spend most of their time on-piste  but wants to venture off trail occasionally.
The Temptation 88 is a great ski for someone who wants to spend most of their time on-piste, but wants to venture off trail occasionally.

The Rossignol Temptation 88 is the best model we tested for skiing on-piste. We give it our Top Pick award for an all-mountain model that will spend most of its time on the groomers.
The Rossignol Temptation 88 is the best model we tested for skiing on-piste. We give it our Top Pick award for an all-mountain model that will spend most of its time on the groomers.

Carving Performance


This Rossignol earned a top score in this category. With its 88mm waist and dramatic sidecut, the Temptation 88 LOVES to carve, and we love carving on this ski. It is fun and responsive. You can just tip it on its edge and it will do the rest of the work for you, guiding you through the turn. We were surprised that Rossignol claims it has a 17M turn radius, it feels like its turns can be quite tight and snappy compared to other skis like the 4FRNT Madonna that has a similar turn radius. It has a decent amount of camber underfoot and a strong skier can pressure it into quite the quick turn.

The Rosignol Temptation has one of the most dramatic sidecuts in this review with of 135-88-124.
The Rosignol Temptation has one of the most dramatic sidecuts in this review with of 135-88-124.

The Temptation is happiest when holding an edge, and does so with grace and power. It has excellent edge hold, is stiff and stable, and can really rail into turns on-piste and in a variety of conditions. This Rossignol is not meant as a smearing ski. Along with the Head Great Joy, the Temptation has the quickest edge-to-edge transfer in this review. This was one of our tester's favorite things about this ski. It pings from one edge to the next with incredible fluidity. We love the pop sensation when it is pressured at speed. This rebound effect can be difficult to stay on top of for a more intermediate skier, and may take more work for her in tight turns. If you prefer to spend most of your time carving up the corduroy you'll love this set up.

The Temptation has a turn radius of 17M  but we thought it could carve even tighter turns easily.
The Temptation has a turn radius of 17M, but we thought it could carve even tighter turns easily.

Powder Performance


The Temptation handles well on anything hard packed, but fell short in soft powder snow. In fresh powder, the Temptation 88 wants to submarine under the snow instead of allowing you to bounce out of it and stay on top. Its narrow waist and extreme shape make this ski want to grip and carve something, and it seems as if it is trying to ski the firm snow under the soft stuff. It has some rocker and fat tips, which will give you some amount of float, but it is a heavy, stiff ski that does not do well in the deep. The Temptation falls short in this arena, and is not recommended if you want a ski for fresh tracks. We have a lot of fun skiing both the Dynastar Cham 2.0 97 - Women's and the K2 Fulluvit 98TI in deep fresh snow and these are great choices for the lady skier who wants to spend more time in search of coldsmoke rather than corduroy.

Note the slightly rockered and round tips on the Temptation. This gives them some float in soft snow and helps to bust through crud and chop.
Note the slightly rockered and round tips on the Temptation. This gives them some float in soft snow and helps to bust through crud and chop.

Crud Performance


The Temptation does moderately well in the crud due to its stiffness and stability. It is able to plow right through everything as long as it is not too deep. It is not as responsive off-piste, and our testers did not feel as confident with it making turns in the steeps. It feels a bit catchy in soft snow, and didn't make skiing these conditions very much fun.

This Rossignol is great in anything firm or icy, and likes to hold on in the turns. It can bust through most firm, variable conditions, is decent in steep moguls that are icy and hard, and grips the ice when we ask it to. An advanced to expert skier will be able to drive this ski through hard snow and feel a smooth ride. Unfortunately, when you get it in softer snow it is a little trickier to drive.

Playfulness


For women who spend the majority of their time on-piste, this ski feels extremely playful. Its quick edge-to-edge transfer makes turning extremely fun, and our testers love skiing it on the groomers. The Temptation 88 is so springy in the turns it made one of our testers giggle out loud the first few time she skied them. We also have a lot of fun skiing them in moguled terrain. But, if you like to get your kicks in the soft snow and powder, we would suggest something like the K2 Fulluvit or the Blizzard Samba, that is a lot more fun to ride in variable conditions over the Temptation.

Bumps Skiing Performance


If we had to choose a winner in the bumps category out of all the all-mountain skis we tested, the Temptation 88 would win. With their edge to edge quickness and eagerness to turn, along with stable edge hold, these would be our choice to tackle the moguls in firm or soft conditions.

The Temptation has burly reinforced metal tips for added durability.
The Temptation has burly reinforced metal tips for added durability.

Best Application


This is the ski for a woman who prefers making round turns on groomed runs most of the time. If you really love making snappy, tight turns and ski predominantly on the trails — but want to occasionally venture off the trails to new terrain, the Temptation 88 could be a great choice. If you prefer powder skiing and steep off-piste runs, we'd recommend something like the Atomic Vantage 95 C - Women's that is a little more versatile for on and off-piste skiing. Some of our testers found it hooky in steeper off-piste terrain, but generally it is very easy to turn and will do its thing as soon as you get it on edge. If you would rather have a ski to take you everywhere on the mountain, the most versatile and stable ski we tested was the Volkl Aura.

We think this would be a great ski for someone who wants to step up from the frontside ski category to a ski that can handle itself in more variable terrain and conditions, because it has a combination of rocker and camber. Although it has some rocker, this ski is more true to length and feels like you are using all of the ski more so than other rockered skis in this review, like the Dynastar Cham 2.0 that skis short because of more exaggerated rocker. If you like to spend the majority of your time on groomed trails, but want a ski that will handle itself when you decide to duck into the trees or go out on a powder day, the Temptation 88 is for you.

Value


The Rossignol Temptation 88 is a good value at $650, Rossignol did not raise the pricetag this year when many other manufacturers did. We think that Rossignol makes quality products and this ski is no exception. This pair is $50 less expensive than the comparable Nordica Wild Belle, and we think it is more durable and that you will be able to have the Temptation in your quiver for a long time.

The Rossignol Temptation 88 seems to be built to last. It has a very durable base — one of our testers ran over a rock that was hidden in the fresh snow and was afraid to look at what it had done to the bottom — but there was barely a scratch at the end of the day. It also has a burly reinforced metal tip and a partial sidewall construction. We have noticed that the topsheet is getting shredded in those locations where it has cap construction, and were disappointed that this happened pretty quickly. These are small problems, and we are otherwise happy with the durability of the ski and think it is a good value for this one ski quiver.

Conclusion


The Temptation 88 wins our Top Pick Award for best all-mountain ski for carving performance. It is stable at speeds and loves to be on edge, making quick, snappy turns. If you are an intermediate or advanced skier that wants a ski to rail turns all day, the Temptation is for you. Ski school instructors who tested this model loved its performance. Although not recommended for deep powder days, the Temptation will hang on when dabbling off-piste and can really hold and edge and keep you stable on hard or icy conditions.

Not only for expert skiers  the Rossignol Temptation 88 is a great ski for intermediate to advanced skiers as well.
Not only for expert skiers, the Rossignol Temptation 88 is a great ski for intermediate to advanced skiers as well.

Other Versions


Rossignol makes a whole line of the Temptation series for women. For a fatter, more powder-oriented ski, the Temptation comes in a 100mm waist. If you want a ski that is even more carving-oriented you can choose from the Temptation Xelium series in 84mm, 80mm, 77mm, and 75mm waist widths. You can get the 84, 80, and 77 with pre-mounted bindings as well.


Jessica Haist, Nicole Deaver, and Renee McCormack