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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
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Price:  $800 List | $479.97 at Backcountry
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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  ⋅  Feb 24, 2022
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  • Stability at Speed - 20% 4.0
  • Carving Ability - 20% 4.0
  • Powder Performance - 20% 9.0
  • Crud Performance - 20% 5.0
  • Terrain Playfulness - 20% 7.0

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 Black Ops Sender Ti has enough edge grip to hold when hitting bottom. But it's 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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti review on February 23, 2022, and now includes our hot-take on value, as well as suggestions for similar products if you decide that this is not the ski for you.

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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 conditionsDamp, heavyHeavySome 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 104 mm 96 mm 94 mm 104 mm 96 mm
Sidecut (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 180 cm 177 cm 179 cm 180 cm 179 cm
Turn Radius 18 m 18 m 17.1 m 17.5 m 19 m
Camber Profile Rocker/Camber/Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Tip Rocker/Freeride Flat Tail
Manufacturer Claimed Weight 9.0 lbs 9.4 lbs 8.9 lbs 8.9 lbs 8.2 lbs
Core Material Poplar Woodcore/Titanal Poplar/Beech/Double Titanal Wood/Double Titanium/ GR400 Carbon Glass Multi-layer Woodcore/Carbon /Fiberglass/Titanal Poplar Woodcore/Double Titanal

Our Analysis and Test Results

Rossignol touts the Sender Ti as its beefiest, baddest ski within the all-new Black Ops range. Designers include Double ACT LBS and Damp Tech technologies in this new Black Ops 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


Soft snow are where we had the best time while skiing on the Black...
Soft snow are where we had the best time while skiing on the Black Ops Sender Ti.
Credit: 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.

With a hearty layup, we were surprised that the Black Ops Sender Ti...
With a hearty layup, we were surprised that the Black Ops Sender Ti isn't more stable at speed.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Carving Ability


Once again, the width underfoot leaves the Black Ops Sender Ti with a lower score in our carving metric. We found that the narrower skis in the lineup did 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. However, we found that the Black Ops Sender Ti provides a decent 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.
Credit: 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 could navigate tight trees and venture through rock drops with a strong sense of stability. The Black Ops 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 when we knew visibility would be limited and skiing the same area through multiple paths would be common.

Plenty of face shots for everyone on the Black Ops Sender Ti, even...
Plenty of face shots for everyone on the Black Ops Sender Ti, even if they're slushy face shots.
Credit: 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 Black Ops 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.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Terrain Playfulness


Some of the dings from above against the Black Ops Sender Ti that relate to width or shape boost its Terrain Playfulness score. Although slower from edge-to-edge, our testers enjoyed the ease with which this ski allowed us to pivot and scrub speed. Our testers also felt at home in the air on the Black Ops Sender Ti. Fun airtime is a bonus for us especially considering how much more material this ski brings along for the ride than other high scorers in this metric. While not a park ski by any means, we feel that the Black Ops Sender Ti is 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.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Should You Buy the Black Ops Sender Ti?


The Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti is certainly playful in powder, especially for a ski measuring only 104 millimeters underfoot. But this ski is pricey compared to other options that are much more well-rounded in the all-mountain category. Not exactly true powder ski and not a versatile all-mountain ski; your money is probably better spent elsewhere.

Playful, poppy, and easily able to pivot, the Black Ops Sender Ti is...
Playful, poppy, and easily able to pivot, the Black Ops Sender Ti is a fun mid-fat option for the right skier under the right conditions.
Credit: Scott Rokis

What Other All-Mountain Skis Should You Consider?


Except for its exceptional scores in terms of powder performance, the competition outshines the Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti in nearly every other metric. The Nordica Enforcer 94 is our top pick for front-side carvers. For those looking for a crud-busting ski, the award-winning Volkl M6 Mantra or extra-powerful Black Crows Justis are better options. And while the Black Ops Sender Ti is playful in boot-deep conditions, the Faction Dictator 2.0 is a better option for an “all-mountain park ski.”

The Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti is a great ski to smash-and-grab...
The Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti is a great ski to smash-and-grab every pocket of snow, making more of the mountain feel more playful.
Credit: Scott Rokis

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