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Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti Review

Best for deep and soft powder days, this ski lacks the versatility to make it an all-around contender
Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti
Photo: Rossignol
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Price:  $800 List | $798.90 at Amazon
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Pros:  Excellent floatation, fun and surfy in powder
Cons:  Vibrates and higher speeds, unnerving in mixed conditions
Manufacturer:   Rossignol
By Bobby Garrett ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 27, 2021
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#8 of 10
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 4
  • Carving Ability - 20% 4
  • Powder Performance - 20% 9
  • Crud Performance - 20% 5
  • Terrain Playfulness - 20% 7

Our Verdict

The Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti is best suited for the deep and soft powder days at your ski hill. With a healthy dose of tip and tail rocker, this ski helped our testers stay afloat and active, especially in uneven terrain with sudden twists and drops. The Sender Ti has enough just edge grip to hold true when hitting the bottom, but it's definitely not our first choice on groomer days where conditions are fast, firm, or variable. While a great choice for a powder ski, it lacks the all-around performance to make it a versatile one-ski quiver.

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Pros Excellent floatation, fun and surfy in powderStable, confidence inspiring, magnetic ride qualityStiff, explosive, carving machinePowerful float, stable at speed, can arc or smear turnsPlayful, responsive, versatile
Cons Vibrates and higher speeds, unnerving in mixed conditionsDampHeavySome vibration, sometimes feels softVibrates at high speeds, overly soft tip
Bottom Line Best for deep and soft powder days, this ski lacks the versatility to make it an all-around contenderWith these on your feet, you'll be ready for anything the mountain has coming at youA combination of raw explosive power and stability puts this ski well ahead of the competition for carving and is ideal for even the firmest snow daysThe unique rocker/camber profile and wider 102-millimeter waist width promote versatile performance wherever your powder stash may bePlayful and adventurous, this ski is also manageable and forgiving. It encouraged us to explore the changing terrain over the whole mountain
Rating Categories Rossignol Black Ops... Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Blizzard Rustler 10 Faction Dictator 2.0
Stability At Speed (20%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Carving Ability (20%)
4.0
9.0
10.0
5.0
7.0
Powder Performance (20%)
9.0
8.0
5.0
10.0
7.0
Crud Performance (20%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
Terrain Playfulness (20%)
7.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Rossignol Black Ops... Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Blizzard Rustler 10 Faction Dictator 2.0
Waist Width (mm) 104 96 94 102 96
Shape (Tip-Waist-Tail) (mm) 137-104-127 135-96-119 127-94-115.5 133-104-122.5 127-96-117
Available Lengths (cm) 180. 187.194 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 165, 172, 179, 186,191 164, 172, 180, 188 163, 171, 179, 187
Length Tested (cm) 180 177 179 180 179
Radius (m) 18 30-18-24 17.1 17.5 19
Rocker Style Rocker/Camber/Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Tip Rocker/Freeride Flat Tail
Mfr. Claimed Weight (Per Pair Unmounted) (pounds) 9.0 lbs Unavailable 8.9 lbs Unavailable 8.2 lbs
Core Material Poplar Woodcore/Titanal Poplar/Beech/Double Titanal Woodcore/Double Titanal Multi-layer Woodcore/Carbon Fiberglass/Titanal Poplar Woodcore/Double Titanal

Our Analysis and Test Results

Rossignol touts the Sender Ti as its beefiest, badest ski within the all-new Black Ops range. Technologies such as Double ACT LBS and Damp Tech are included in this new Sender Ti model. Rossignol completes the poplar wood core by reinforcing it with carbon and a titanal beam. Despite the perceived improvements, especially when compared to the skis in Rossignol's legendary Soul 7 HD that it replaces, we found the Sender Ti still to be primarily a deep snow day ski.

Performance Comparison


Deep pow and soft snow are where we found the best time while on the...
Deep pow and soft snow are where we found the best time while on the Black Ops Sender Ti.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Stability at Speed


The Black Ops Sender Ti is one of the widest underfoot skis in our lineup this year. Despite Rossignol's claims that this ski is made for full-gas and big lines, we found more success while keeping the speed down and flowing with the terrain at hand. We experienced considerable vibration at high speeds and would gladly pick something else for big long turns on wide-open terrain.

Carving Ability


The width underfoot once again leaves the Sender Ti with a lower score in our carving category. We found that the narrower skis in the lineup did, in fact, have better torsional rigidity. Little can be expected from a ski with close to 10 millimeters more material underfoot when it comes to edge-to-edge responsiveness. That being said, we found that the Sender Ti provides a decent amount of edge hold when given enough time to get on those higher edge angles in soft conditions.

Not a carving ski by most metrics, the Black Ops Sender Ti can still...
Not a carving ski by most metrics, the Black Ops Sender Ti can still hold an edge in softer conditions.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Powder Performance


The Black Ops Sender Ti showed our testers quite a surfy time in the powder. With a strong will to stay on top of the waves, we were able to navigate tight trees and venture through rock drops with a strong sense of stability. The Sender Ti's strong dose of rocker in both tip and tail allows for quick changes in direction and the ability to scrub speed blisteringly fast. We were happy to choose this ski on days where we knew visibility would be limited and skiing the same area through multiple different paths would be common.

Plenty of face shots for everyone on pow days with the Black Ops...
Plenty of face shots for everyone on pow days with the Black Ops Sender Ti.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Crud Performance


There were moments where the Black Ops Sender Ti deflected over the chop and kept our testers moving forward. There were also other times where this ski felt slow and or suddenly "too soft." We found that the rocker profile on the Sender Ti wasn't able to consistently support us as we tried to adjust to chopped-up snow. Avy-debris was especially challenging, and we found ourselves slowing way down to concentrate on picking our way through such challenging terrain.

Keep the speed down and enjoy flowing through the unique terrain on...
Keep the speed down and enjoy flowing through the unique terrain on the Black Ops Sender Ti.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Terrain Playfulness


Some of the dings from above against the Black Ops Sender Ti that relate to width or shape serve to boost its Terrain Playfulness score. Although on the slower end from edge to edge, our testers enjoyed the ease this ski allowed us to pivot and scrub speed. This lends itself to be very useful, especially on low visibility days where "the stash" is just four trees ahead… or is RIGHT HERE? Our testers also felt at home in the air on the Sender Ti. This is an added bonus for us especially considering how much more material this ski brings along for the ride compared to other high scorers in this category. While not a park ski by any means, we feel the Sender Ti to be a strong contender for the all-mountain terrain park.

Surf the high line and then take to the skies on the Black Ops...
Surf the high line and then take to the skies on the Black Ops Sender Ti.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Value


The value lies in the eyes of the beholder. While not the least or most expensive option in our review, we see this ski as well priced. If its strengths stand out to you, it's likely a strong buy, especially when compared to other skis with similar characteristics.

Conclusion


If you are looking for a powder surfer with some pivoty qualities, the Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti may be the right choice. We like the direction that Rossignol has chosen to take, given that this ski, in particular, is designed for deeper snow. While different than the predecessor Soul series of skis, the added stability while maintaining an already well-accomplished float ability offers a potent dish that we enjoy on the big pow days.

Bobby Garrett

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