2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti

Ski: 2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm

Available Lengths: 180, 187, 194 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.2 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 2200 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2153 & 2184 grams

Stated Dimensions: 138-106-128 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.5-104.3-127.3 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (187 cm): 21 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 55 mm / 18 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4 mm

Core: poplar (PEFC certified) + titanal underfoot + carbon & fiberglass laminate

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.6 cm from center; 85.5 cm from tail

 

Ski: 2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm

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

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1999 & 2020 grams

Stated Dimensions: 138-106-128 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.5-103.4-127.6 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (180 cm): 18 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 54 mm / 18 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: poplar (PEFC certified) + titanal underfoot + carbon & fiberglass laminate

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.9 cm from center; 82.2 cm from tail

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

Intro

Today, Rossignol is announcing one of the biggest moves in the ski industry: they are discontinuing their extremely popular “7” series of skis, which included the men’s and women’s versions of the Sky 7 HD, Soul 7 HD, Super 7 HD, and Super 7 RD.

There’s no denying that this series of skis played a huge role in shaping the industry over the last ~6 years, and the intuitive nature of those skis was a big part of why you see them all over the world.

So, what do you do as a follow up to the Soul 7? Apparently, you go in the opposite direction.

(Fittingly, we just had Thor Verdonk on the Blister Podcast talking about pendulum swings in the ski industry. Check it out to hear Thor talking about his work on the development of the Rossi S7 and Soul 7, plus 25 years of ski and ski boot design with Rossignol and Lange.)

All of Rossignol’s 20/21 freeride skis will now fall under the “BLACKOPS” name, including 5 brand-new men’s models, 6 brand-new women’s models, and a few junior / “tweener” skis.

Below we’ll go over the entire BLACKOPS lineup, and then in this First Look, we’ll home in on the new BLACKOPS Sender Ti.

2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Lineup

First, for those who were worried (and I admit that I may have been the most worried), the excellent Black Ops 118 is returning unchanged for 20/21, apart from a graphic update, and a name change to the “BLACKOPS Gamer.”

The current Black Ops 98 also comes back unchanged except for a new graphic and name, and for 20/21, it’s called the “BLACKOPS Holyshred.”

(Ok, yeah, we’re a bit confused by the naming schemes here, too.)

Rossi is also introducing several other skis under the BLACKOPS name, and they look much more directional than the more freestyle-oriented 118 & 98.

On the men’s side, there’s the new:

  • 90mm-wide BLACKOPS Smasher
  • 94mm-wide BLACKOPS Escaper
  • 104mm-wide BLACKOPS Sender
  • 106mm-wide BLACKOPS Sender Ti

All of these skis have much flatter tails and more directional designs than the BLACKOPS Gamer & Holyshred.

Rossi is also launching the 86mm-wide BLACKOPS Alpineer, which is designed for ski touring, features a slot at the tip for skins, and comes in at a very low stated weight of 1250 grams per ski for the 168 cm length.

On the women’s side, Rossi is offering the:

  • 86mm-wide BLACKOPS W Trailblazer
  • 90mm-wide BLACKOPS W Dreamer
  • 94mm-wide BLACKOPS W Stargazer
  • 98mm-wide BLACKOPS W Blazer
  • 102mm-wide BLACKOPS W Rallybird
  • 102mm-wide BLACKOPS W Rallybird Ti

All of the new BLACKOPS skis feature similar shapes and rocker profiles, and none of them look like the “7” skis they replace.

We have several of the new skis in hand, and will be posting First Looks of many of them over the coming weeks.

But now, let’s take a closer look at their new flagship model, the BLACKOPS Sender Ti.

What Rossignol says about the BLACKOPS Sender Ti

“The spearhead of the new BLACKOPS range, the Sender Ti is the ultimate freeride ski. Its PEFC certified poplar wood core is combined with the latest incarnation of Rossignol’s flagship technology — LCT ABS — to deliver unlimited speed and power. A Damp Tech insert and Carbon Alloy reinforcement add the perfect finishing touches to this ski, creating a lighter snow feel for extra refinement together with top performance in powder. With the rallying cry: Ride Free.”

Well, Rossignol certainly went Full Send / FULL SEND with this product copy. The Sender Ti is supposed to be the “ultimate freeride ski” and offer “unlimited speed and power.” We’re still waiting on more info regarding all the tech and acronyms that Rossignol mentioned in that description, but the bottom line seems to be that the Sender Ti is meant to, well, send.

Let’s see how that translates to its design.

Shape / Rocker Profile

In what will be a theme here, the BLACKOPS Sender Ti looks nothing like the Rossignol Soul 7 HD that it effectively replaces. The Soul 7 was a very tapered ski, the Sender Ti is not.

For a ~106mm-wide ski (ours measure closer to 104 mm wide), the Sender Ti has very little tip or tail taper. Overall, its shape is very traditional, and really is basically the opposite of the Soul 7’s shape. The BLACKOPS Sender Ti looks pretty similar to the BLACKOPS 118 / Gamer, with the Sender Ti having a less symmetrical shape with a more blunted tail shape.

Luke Koppa reviews the Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, Crested Butte, CO. (photo by Taylor Ahearn)

Looking at the rocker profile of the BLACKOPS Sender Ti, it’s also pretty traditional. This ski has tip and tail rocker and camber underfoot, but its tip rocker line is not all that deep, its tail rocker line is notably shallower, and its tail is pretty flat.

Overall, the Sender Ti’s rocker profile looks fairly similar to the Head Kore 105 and 4FRNT MSP 107, but both of those skis have deeper tail rocker lines and more tail splay. That said, the Kore 105 is so different in other regards (particularly its shape & taper), that we doubt it’ll feel like a great comparison.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 187 cm BLACKOPS Sender Ti:

Tips: 7
Shovels: 7
In Front of Toe Piece: 7.5-9
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 8.5-9

And here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 180 cm BLACKOPS Sender Ti:

Tips: 7
Shovels: 7
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8
Tails: 7.5-8.5

Both the 187 and 180 cm BLACKOPS Sender Ti are pretty strong skis. The two lengths feel nearly identical in the front half, with fairly strong shovels and a slow-and-smooth ramp-up in stiffness as you move to the middle of the skis.

Both lengths of the Sender Ti have tails that are stiffer than the tips, but the 187 cm version of the Sender Ti stays significantly stiffer behind the bindings than the 180 cm version.

The flex pattern of the 187 cm BLACKOPS Sender Ti is pretty similar to the 188 cm Black Crows Corvus, though the Sender Ti is a bit stronger in the shovels and finishes with a slightly stronger tail.

Compared to the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, the 180 and 187 cm Sender Ti are far stiffer at the tips and shovels, but similar through the rest of the ski.

Mount Point

Both lengths of the BLACKOPS Sender Ti have mount points around -7 cm from true center. That’s more forward than most directional skis, but not quite in the realm of most freestyle skis. This mount point is interesting, given the very directional shape, rocker profile, and flex pattern of the Sender Ti, and we’re curious to see how this ski will respond to different skiing stances.

Weight

The Soul 7 HD was quite light for its size. The BLACKOPS Sender Ti is significantly heavier, though it’s not at the upper extremes of the spectrum in terms of weight. At an average weight of ~2170 grams per ski for the 187 cm length, the Sender Ti is much heavier than skis like the Soul 7 HD, Line Sick Day 104, Elan Ripstick 106, etc., but it’s notably lighter than some all-mountain chargers like the ON3P Wrenegade 108, Blizzard Cochise, Prior Husume, and Fischer Ranger 107 Ti.

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.

1755 & 1792 Line Sick Day 104, 179 cm (17/18–20/21)
1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1814 & 1845 Elan Ripstick 106, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1883 & 1898 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, 178 cm (20/21)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (19/20)
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 (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
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)
2177 & 2180 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer Free 110, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 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 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer Free 104, 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 (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The BLACKOPS Sender Ti and the Soul 7 HD it effectively replaces are quite different in terms of their design. So will those who loved the Soul 7 love the Sender Ti? Or the non-Ti version of the Sender? Will the Senders share some? many? any? similarities in terms of their on-snow feel and performance?

(2) The BLACKOPS Sender Ti has a pretty strong, pretty flat tail, so how punishing or how forgiving will it feel?

(3) Given its lack of taper and fairly shallow rocker lines, how maneuverable will the BLACKOPS Sender Ti feel? And what about edge hold on firm snow?

(4) With a pretty strong flex pattern, minimal rocker & taper, and solid weight, how stable will the BLACKOPS Sender Ti feel at high speeds in rough snow?

Bottom Line (For Now)

Rossignol appears to have moved in a very different direction with their new BLACKOPS skis. The BLACKOPS Sender Ti ditches the Soul 7’s dramatic taper and rocker in exchange for a much more traditional shape and rocker profile, and the resulting ski looks like it may suit a very different audience than the ski it replaces.

We were just out on the 187 cm Sender Ti yesterday, and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review of the ski for our initial on-snow impressions, and stay tuned for our full review.

Flash Review

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29 comments on “2020-2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti”

  1. Well, Rossignol making a strong push for a clean sweep in “Worst Gear Names of 2020” early this year…skis do look interesting though, especially as a sort of midweight-charger that could work well for a lighter folks caught between the really heavy and really light offerings that seem mostly out there right now.

  2. Taking a cue from Nordica and their Enforcer lineup, we will name all skis Blackops!

    Seriously, looks like a ripping ski. Not too much tail rocker, good deltas between tip/waist/tail, and just heavy enough.

    • I would also love a narrower 118, though you might get excited about one of Dynastar’s new skis … we’ll say more as soon as we can.

      • That would be awesome. A 108 that has the profile and all the innards of the 118. It would be great for snow days in the east.

  3. Can’t say I’m stoked about this change…I think it just preserves the QST 106 as the midfat for the masses (as someone who loves both the QST and the S7 lines-among many others ;) ) hope the new line rocks! Although the names suck lol

  4. Seems like an extremely poor business decision. Rossignol had stumbled upon the formula for a ski that was forgiving, yet still quite capable in the 7. The ski was popular because it was so accessible and made people feel like they were better skiers.

    Now they decide to replace that with what appears to be a fairly punishing charger. While that may please those truly expert skiers, it seems likely that the masses will look elsewhere.

  5. Rossi isn’t being foolish here. In the coming year or two, industry outliers in the 90-110mm all-mountain directional ski market are going to get their lunch eaten. I don’t think homogenization of products across manufacturers is a great thing, but until a big innovation comes, the market is going to get saturated with increasingly similar offerings. Quick, find me a mid-weight 105mm-wasted ski that has some damp properties but releases its tails easily and has 20% rocker in the tip and 15% rocker in the tail and has a 18-20m radius of sidecut. There’s only eleventy hundred options.

    • It looks like their website is incorrectly listing specs for the Sender Ti (we confirmed the lengths and specs for the Sender Ti with Rossignol). The Alpineer is indeed 86 mm underfoot — I’ve just updated that.

      • The specs you listed for the Sender Ti looked more appropriate for that ski but seemed strange that the site differed so much.

  6. A BOLD move from Rossi, certainly there will be many disappointed fans of the light 7 series. Although I get why R would want to bring out a beefier ski to compete with the likes of Nordica and Blizzard, I have to wonder if it’s wise not to keep a couple of that popular 7’s……

  7. Wth is an abs beam? I was told there was metal in the 118’s and 98’s, but now it is just the 98’s and the 118’s have an abs beam. And I knew they put something in the tips to dampen vibration, rubber. Not a new thing but not many ski brands are doing this.

    • It’s basically a sidewall (centerwalll?) running down the middle of the core.

      ABS is Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. It’s the plastic used for most sidewalls in laminate skis. UHMW and some harder woods are also used in various designs, though. “LCT ABS” is described as “a vertical strip of ABS plastic” in the core.

      If that ABS happens to have lots of tiny little air bubbles (I honestly don’t know whether that’s the case), then another reasonable description that you might use is “partial foam core”. Perhaps Rossi foamies are making a comeback? ABS structural foam is a lot better than the polyurethanes Rossi used “back in the day”, so it might not be as bad a move as it sounds.

      • I can’t resist noting that core tweaks like this and the “jigsaw puzzle cores” in the new Cochise/Bonafide/Brahma are ideal grist for marketing: Most people think that cores have more impact than they actually do, and nobody can tell what you actually did without sawing their skis in half.

        • Cores absolutely effect the skis behavior. Go ski an ON3P bamboo ski and then try a similar ski made with maple and metal. Completely different feel.

          • Yes, the overall core composition has a significant effect on damping and “snow feel”. No doubt about that.

            I still think that most people overstate the core material’s impact, though, particularly when it comes to flex. In most ski designs that’s determined more by the thickness of the core (irrespective of composition) and the structural layers above and below. Look up “bending moment of inertia” to see why. I threw shade at Rossi and Blizzard there more because of the specific claims that each is making seem… improbable given what they’ve actually changed. For example I don’t doubt that the new Blizzards are stiffer based on Jonathan’s comments, but I doubt very much that their “jigsaw core” is driving that.

          • One final comment: The presence of metal structural layers (above/below the core) has an absolutely massive impact on ski performance, but that has nothing to do with the core.

            The appropriate comparison to an ON3P to see the impact of the bamboo core would be an otherwise similar ski made with different wood species in the core, like a Moment, Prior, or Folsom. That comparison will come out quite a bit closer than the one you suggested.

    • We’ve only heard rumors at this point, but those rumors have talked about a 190+ cm ski that’s 112 mm underfoot and sold in very limited qualities. Supposedly very burly. No other info right now, but we’ll report back if / when we hear more.

  8. Now if Rossi would make a flat tail 118 Ti version (191cm) of this, or even a non-metal model that is not so severely rockered in the tail I would be stoked. Not everyone skis switch-or wants to, so the rear end of the Gamer is not what a directional skier needs. I’m still considering the Wailer 106 Alc. C2 but this looks like a definite choice for me for an all-mtn.-free kind of ski ( I think I’d mount at -2 though to be about approx. -9.5 from TC ). Did you guys try it at any other mount position? Still waiting for the DPS review?!
    Thanks,
    DHJ

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