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Rossignol React R8 TI reviews 2020

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PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The Rossignol React series replaces the Pursuit line tested in previous years. The Rossignol React R8 Ti is reinforced by a Titanal plate and is at the top of the range.

In the “Cruisers” category, we choose skis that provide a balanced mix of performance, comfort, accessibility, and versatility. The React R8 Ti perfectly fulfills these criteria, plus they are also super fun.

In terms of performance, the testers were not disappointed. The ski is “playful and snappy.” The very large tip makes turn initiation super quick and intuitive. It holds the line perfectly because it has excellent edge grip and amazing stability.

It is very accessible and super smooth. The ski is intuitive and requires no special instructions. You are immediately “on it.” You can control it without thinking, and it requires very little physical effort or technical skill from the skier.

It is also quite versatile. The React Ti can vary the type and radius of turn effortlessly. We should just point out that the ski is a little less at ease in skidded turns (the downside of its great edge grip) and in long turns.

The incredible responsiveness of the ski, its ease of use, and the minimal effort it requires make it a total blast to ski on. It is a perfect ski for this category. It will be super fun for a wide range of skiers, including less aggressive skiers.

The React R8 Ti is our top choice for advanced to expert skiers, who are not necessarily in great shape physically and who want to have fun on a ski that is playful and undemanding.

Review: Pros

  • Very agile
  • Excellent edge grip
  • Super quick turn initiation
  • Accessible, requires little physical effort or technical skill
  • Super fun
  • Stable
  • Versatile

Review: Cons

  • A little less comfortable in skidded turns because its great edge grip sometimes gets in the way
  • Edge hold is less solid in long turns at high speed

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
17.5
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
15.5
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5

Who's it for?

Good → Excellent

Manufacturer's remarks

The racing spirit spreads to the slopes with the new REACT R8 Ti. Built for avid on-piste skiers seeking instant power and perfect carved turns, our new Flex Tip technology allows easy turn initiation and effortless rhythm that instantly puts you in the zone. Feel the flow with this Titanal-enhanced construction that combines power, speed, edge grip, and control.

Features of the React R8 TI

Brand : Rossignol
Model : React R8 TI
Year : 2020
Family : Cruisers
Size tested : 176 cm
Tip size : 123 mm
Waist size : 74 mm
Tail size : 109 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 14 m

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in La Clusaz, France, March 2019