We have some mixed opinions on the Rossignol Temptation 84HDs. Coming from a carving background, they perform well on-piste, feeling secure and stable at higher speeds with a chatter felt only when travelling really fast. Off-piste their float leaves a little to be desired, though in moguls they are surprisingly fun to ride.
Featuring revolutionary patented Air Tip technology which Rossignol claims reduces weight by 20% and increases control by 10%, they gave us a new feeling, to which we credit the playfulness and ease of use of the skis. Carbon-enhanced paulownia sandwich construction also added to performance, with the combination of Auto Turn Rocker and camber taking them from piste skis towards the all mountain category.
Talking to Rossignol's design team the new Temptation range was 'an evolution of the wheel' taking the best of their previous ranges and tweaking them into the current. If you push the skis in short and long turns you will find their birthplace in performance carving skis with good edge grip and stability - with the edges engaging much higher up the skis than expected, allowing a more proactive transition.
These skis will push an advanced skier to work them harder than others in the category, but will be rewarded if they learn to do so. At £495 including bindings they are an affordable option for holidaymakers who prefer the pistes but are confident enough to play away from the marked runs.