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Black Ops 118 Ski
Prepare yourself for your next deep snow mission by clicking into the Rossignol Black Ops 118 Ski. These powder specific skis boast a 118mm waist that can handle even the deepest days and situates them as Rossignol's widest freestyle oriented powder ski. The top secret turn radius (believed to be medium length) is centered on the ski giving the Black Ops incredible pivoting control and freestyle prowess for big tricks and switch landings in deep snow. When you find yourself riding them forward, the rocker-camber-rocker profile will keep you floating over deep snow, turning on a dime, and even providing excellent edge hold on firm snow thanks to a surprising 5mm of camber. All of these attributes are wrapped up with a beefy construction centered around a full wood core that creates one of the heavier skis on the market. This added weight may limit your touring options but will give you peace of mind while you are going 100mph through chopped up snow.
- Big mountain jib skis for riders who express themselves in deep snow
- 118mm waist floats over pow and creates a stable landing platform
- Rocker in the tip and tail helps you pivot on a dime, float in pow
- 5mm of camber underfoot holds an edge on firm, boosts resort control
- Centered turn radius creates a jib friendly upright feel
- Full wood core and beefy lay up creates a stable platform at speed
- Item #ROS00GH
- Q & A
What the JJ should have been
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.