Model year: 2022-2023
Radius: 18 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, metal beam, tip and tail rocker, airtip technology
About this ski
Gone are the days of huge flappy tips of the Soul 7. Rossignol has gone quite a different direction with their current Sender line. The Black Ops series – once reserved for freestyle only – has morphed into the Escaper and Sender skis during the past two seasons. And now, they’ve become this new freeride line in their own right.
So, no more Black Ops names, just the Sender. This 104 TI is the flagship freeride ski. Some metal, rocker, full sidewall, airtip (for lighter swing weight)… Everything you would want in a ski that wants to be taken seriously. And you definitely should take it seriously, because it’s a very serious ski.
This is a charger. No finesse, no playfulness, no hopping around, no light-footedness. This is a ski that wants to go fast and wants to be skied aggressively. It is stiff, and unforgiving. It may very well have been the love child of the Blizzard Cochise and the Nordica Enforcer 100.
It is a burly ski that holds an edge on groomers. Just as long as you ski it hard, it will do whatever you want. No, let me rephrase that: it just goes fast and hard, and it allows you to take a ride on it. More grippy than floaty, more tenacious than turny – it’s a beast. They named it the Sender for a reason: it just wants to send it.
A beast for all conditions and for chargers. Don’t expect any playfulness or subtlety with this one. It’s a Sender alright.