2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender

Ski: 2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, 178 cm

Available Lengths: 164, 172, 178, 186 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 178.2 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1900 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1883 & 1898 grams

Stated Dimensions: 138-104-128 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.3-103.2-127.4 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (178 cm): 18 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 56 mm / 19 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5 mm

Core: paulownia (FSC certified) + “Air Tip” insert + carbon & fiberglass laminate

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.0 cm from center; 82.1 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender for BLISTER
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

In January of 2020, Rossignol announced that they’re discontinuing their popular “7” series of skis, and replacing them with the all-new BLACKOPS line. For more on Rossignol’s entire new 20/21 freeride lineup, check out our Full Review of the BLACKOPS Sender Ti.

Here, we’re covering the non-Ti version, the BLACKOPS Sender. Since the two versions of the BLACKOPS Sender share a lot in common, we’ll keep this First Look pretty brief. Check our video First Look for the quick rundown, and then we’ll go into a bit more detail below.

Shape / Rocker Profile

In terms of shape and rocker profile, the BLACKOPS Sender is basically identical to the BLACKOPS Sender Ti. The BLACKOPS Sender has very little tip and tail taper and fairly shallow rocker lines. Its tip rocker line is notably deeper than its tail rocker line, and its tail is pretty flat. The two BLACKOPS Sender skis are pretty traditional in terms of both shape and rocker profile — basically no differences here.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 178 cm BLACKOPS Sender:

Tips: 7
Shovels: 7
In Front of Toe Piece: 7.5-9
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 9

Interestingly, the 178 cm BLACKOPS Sender hand-flexes a bit stiffer through the tail than both the 180 cm and 187 cm BLACKOPS Sender Ti. Apart from that subtle difference at the tail, the Sender and Sender Ti have very similar flex patterns. Their tips and shovels are fairly strong with a smooth ramp-up in stiffness in the middle, and they finish with tails that are much stiffer than the tips. While Rossignol is positioning the BLACKOPS Sender as a more forgiving alternative to the BLACKOPS Sender Ti, the Sender’s flex pattern is not notably softer and it’s a pretty strong ski overall, compared to the rest of the market.

Mount Point

Like the BLACKOPS Sender Ti, the BLACKOPS Sender has a mount point of -7 cm from true center. Again, this is more forward than most directional skis, but not as far forward as freestyle-oriented skis.

Weight

The 178 cm BLACKOPS Sender is coming in about 100 grams lighter per ski vs. the 180 cm BLACKOPS Sender Ti. Compared to the whole market, the BLACKOPS Sender leans a bit toward the lighter end of the spectrum, and it actually is pretty similar to the Soul 7 HD in terms of weight (that’s about the only thing the two share in common). That said, the BLACKOPS Sender isn’t quite as light as some “50/50” skis like the Line Sick Day 104, Elan Ripstick 106, and Armada Tracer 108.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.

1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1800 & 1824 Luke Koppa’s ROMP 100, 183 cm
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1814 & 1845 Elan Ripstick 106, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1883 & 1898 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, 178 cm (20/21)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19–20/21)
1928 & 1933 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (19/20)
1976 & 2028 Parlor Cardinal Pro, 182 cm (19/20–20/21)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–20/21)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2042 & 2062 Dynastar M-Pro 99, 186 cm (20/21)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2177 & 2180 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2242 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm (20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2326 & 2336 Nordica Enforcer 100, 186 cm (20/21)
2353 & 2360 Volkl Katana 108, 184 cm (20/21)
2603 & 2604 Dynastar M-Pro 105, 192 cm (16/17; 20/21)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The BLACKOPS Sender & BLACKOPS Sender Ti share a lot in common, so just how similar will they feel on snow?

(2) Given its strong tail and low weight, how demanding will the BLACKOPS Sender feel, especially in steeper and tighter terrain?

(3) At ~104 mm underfoot, will the BLACKOPS Sender feel biased toward soft or firm conditions, or handle both equally well?

(4) How stable will the BLACKOPS Sender feel compared to the lighter and heavier options in this class?

Bottom Line (For Now)

Like the Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, the BLACKOPS Sender is a very different ski compared to the “7” series skis it replaces. The Sender looks very similar to the Sender Ti, and Blister Members can read about how the two compare in our Flash Review linked below, then stay tuned for the full review.

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the BLACKOPS Sender for our initial impressions. Become a Blister member now to check out this and all of our Flash Reviews, plus get exclusive deals and discounts on skis, and personalized gear recommendations from us.

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4 comments on “2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender”

    • Unfortunately, yes. Jonathan was only able to ski it for a little bit at the launch event and Blizzard didn’t send the ski this season, so he won’t be able to update his Flash Review until next season at the earliest. That said, if you have a specific question feel free to send us a note and we might be able to help: https://blisterreview.com/blister-member-clubhouse

  1. It is probably too soon to know but thoughts about mounting them, say 2+ cm to -9 cm to make them more traditional and with a better ability to lean into the cuff of your boots. Ya, I’m old, skiing the more traditional way and not so upright. Thanks.

    • I think that’d work just fine, mostly based on my time on the Sender Ti, which I did try mounted 2 cm behind its recommended line. I found it easier to stay in a forward stance and the tail doesn’t feel quite as strong in tight spots (i.e., less punishing).

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