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Rossignol Black Ops 98 (2020)

2020 Men's All-Mountain Ski Review

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Brand: Rossignol

Model: Black Ops 98



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

N/A

Lengths (cm)

162, 172, 182, 192

Gender

Male

Level

Expert

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.81 / 5

Playfulness

3.75 / 5

Forgiveness

3.56 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.31 / 5

Crud Performance

3.69 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.81 / 5

Flotation

3.56 / 5

 

2020 Rossignol Black Ops 98 2020
The 2020 Rossignol Black Ops 98 2020, A.K.A. The Black PantherPhoto courtesy of Rossignol

Rossignol quietly planted its athlete-driven Black Ops skis in a few core shops last season and decided to acknowledge the line’s existence in magazines for 2019/2020. Rossi remains secretive about certain ski specs, including construction, sidecut, and turn radius, pushing the idea that skiing is about having fun, not studying numbers. Testers were split about the panther graphic, but agreed that the Black Ops 98 is a ripping ski all over the mountain.

STRENGTHS: Overall Impression, Quickness

WEAKNESS: Hard Snow

Shop Talk 2020: Rossignol Black Ops

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