Rossignol likes to do things a little differently than other brands. In 2018, the brand quietly introduced its Black Ops skis by sending models to a handful of athletes, influencers, and core shops, accompanied by a redacted press release, keeping certain specifications—like construction and sidecut dimensions—a secret. The idea: to focus on the performance of the ski itself, rather than on numbers and gear terminology.
Today, via a live Instagram announcement, Rossignol introduced the next generation of its Black Ops line for 2021, which includes the line's flagship models: the men’s Black Ops Sender TI and women’s Black Ops Rallybird TI.
“Rossignol has been in the game a long time—1997 was the first launch of the Bandit,” explains David Bouvier in the announcement. “Then in 2007, we introduced the Soul 7 … it was the first time a 106mm-underfoot ski was accessible to everyone. All of a sudden, the average skier could ski pow … it was a huge success. We dominated the market with this product. Now, six years later, what do you do?”
The answer, Rossignol’s product designers decided, was the new Black Ops line featuring skis that “are ready to ride free.” The 2021 Black Ops Sender TI features a poplar wood core combined with Rossignol’s LCT ABS technology for enhanced power and stability at speed, as well as carbon alloy and the brand’s Damp Tech insert to reinforce the wood core and make the ski lively and responsive. What’s more, Rossignol revamped its souring of raw materials in the development of the new Black Ops models, using PEFC certified poplar and FSC certified paulownia—guaranteed sustainable—in the skis’ cores.
2021 Rossignol Black Ops Sender TI Specifications
- Lengths (cm): 180, 187, 194
- Sidecut Dimensions (mm): 138-106-128 (@187cm)
- Radius: 21m (@187cm)
- Weight: 4.4 kg (@187cm)
2021 Rossignol Black Ops Rallybird TI Specifications
- Lengths (cm): 163, 171, 178
- Sidecut Dimensions (mm): 137-102-127 (@171cm)
- Radius: 16m (@171cm)
- Weight: 3,6 kg (@171cm)
We have no way of knowing how this construction compares to the 2020 Black Ops models (the men’s Black Ops 98, Black Ops 118 and the women’s Black Ops 98W), since those skis’ specifications remain redacted. But it’s safe to assume these skis were designed to complement the rest of the Black Ops family, and we expect them to be as lively, responsive, and fun as the 2020 Black Ops models. Stay tuned for SKI Magazine's official reviews of the new Black Ops models in the 2021 Gear Guide.
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In addition to the brand new 2021 Black Ops additions, Rossignol will also introduce updates to its popular men’s and women’s Alltrack boot families. For next season, the men’s Alltrack Elite 130 LT GW backcountry boot gets an updated liner that promises enhanced performance and heel support, while the women’s Alltrack LT range will be expanded with a 110 and 90 flex option.
2021 Men's Rossignol Alltrack Elite 130 LT GW Specifications
- Last : 98mm
- Flex : 130
- Weight: 1,740g
2021 Women's Rossignol Alltrack Elite 110 LT W GW Specifications
- Last: 98
- Flex: 110
- Weight: 1,530g
Watch Rossignol's "Ride Free" announcement to learn more about the new 2021 Black Ops skis and Alltrack Boot options here.