Evanwrote a review of Rossignol Black Ops 118 Ski - Men's on September 16, 2019
If you are looking for a ski that is great in soft snow, look no further. As the title states, this is what the Armada JJ should have been from inception. I love the profile of both the JJ and Black Ops as they allow you to turn on a dime in soft snow. This makes the ski feel playful. However, the JJ loses its appeal in anything but pristine powder. The Black Ops is substantially heavier which allows it to knock through crud instead of getting knocked around by crud. While the ski may feel a bit dead on corduroy, it is a compromise I am more than willing to make. I didn't buy this ski for corduroy and it has plenty of life in soft snow. Overall, this is currently my favorite soft snow ski. Do not be put off by the weight - it is a benefit in my eyes.
I also had a chance to ski the narrower Black Ops. That ski is nice but I felt it was a bit dead as well - likely on par with its bigger brother. However, I give the Black Ops 118 a pass as it has plenty of life in soft snow.