Rossignol Black Ops Gamer 118 Skis · 2022
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The Rossignol Black Ops 118 is for hard charging skiers who also have a playful style. They are very heavy for a "playful" powder ski, but the added weight helps them smash through choppy snow better than nearly every other powder ski. These skis feature a full twin tip shape and a recommended mount point just 2.5cm behind center. Although they are far from the lightest skis, the Black Ops are still agile and love to spin and butter. They are a very unique ski that combines traits from traditional hard charging skis and newer, progressive, lightweight powder skis. Personally, I prefer them mounted 2 or 3cm behind the recommended line.
- Near center mount
- Limited size options
The 2021 Rossignol Black Ops Gamer is shaped and geared towards big mountain powder skiers. Although the Gamer is on the heavier side of the spectrum, the weight is expertly paired with the flex pattern to allow for a smooth, confident ride. The reduced tapered tip design will pull you smoothly into a turn like a more traditional carving, focused all-mountain ski would.
- ABS Beam inserts - Creates a stable platform, which provides better edge grip and smoothness on the turn.
- Rossignol's Diago Racing Fiber - Allows for a leighweight feel and enhances responsiveness. The higher pop provides responsive rebound for agressive skiing, and big mountain jumps.
- Damp Tech Inserts - Installed at the tips and tails reduces noise on hardpack.
I bought this ski to use on deeper days at the mountain and love it in powder but have found so many other times and places that it is the perfect tool for me. This ski is an absolute blast in powder but it also shines a few days later when the snow is chunky and beat up. These skis are stiff and snappy on the finish of turns and with speed and space they are a blast to carve and roll onto their edges.
These skis have been a part of the best big mountain days of my life, they are stable at speed, great for big airs and soft landings and make any day with a touch of soft snow into a day full of sends, side country shreds, and the fastest you've ever gone.
- An awesome powder ski
- Ripping through chunky snow
- Big mountain lines
- A little on the heavy side
- Doesn't turn super sharply thanks to its wider waist
The biggest downside of powder skis at busy ski resorts is they are fantastic at the beginning of the day when everything is still fresh and untouched, but when the snow gets tracked out those light powder skis can get bucked around in the soft chop. That is not an issue with the Rossignol Black Ops 118's. These are very heavy skis compared to most others in their size but that is a GOOD thing. Their weight lets me ski through that chopped up snow at high speeds since they just blow right through it instead of getting bucked around. On a powder day these skis are just as fun at 9am as they are at 2pm. Their heavy weight is offset by their fairly centered mount point, it means the swing weight is more balanced than skis mounted further back. The center mount means these skis can still turn and slash easy, it just takes a little more effort to do so. They also handle themselves fairly well (for their width) on firmer snow due to a good amount of camber underfoot. I first tried these skis out as a demo and fell in love with their performance. If you think you can handle the weight and want to have fun for the entire powder day these are the skis for you!
- Blasts through chop
- Progressive mount mount point makes free style pow skiing possible
- Floats like a dream in the deepest of pow
- Heavy ski will require some effort to throw around
- Too wide to be a daily driver
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