Saw talk of a Sender Free 102 maybe coming out online which would be interesting if it’s similar weight, flex and turn radius to the 110. Would be a decent alternative to those wanting a better carving, more stable Enforcer 104.
The Sender Free 110 will be much more stable and precise than the Blank so not much overlap there really. The Jeffrey 110 would have more overlap with the Blank I think.Thanks, @GregK. (I'd read that info in Blister mag, but nice to have it pulled together and posted here.)
The Sender Free 110/191 is on the map for sure, but for that slot the ski that got there first, for me, was the Salomon Blank 112/194, which is just such a great ski also - really incredible, and seems to have major overlap with the the Sender Free 110.
Also, I have so many good skis in roughly that same slot - a real sweet spot in terms of what sells and what folks look for, for whom owning only one or two skis makes the most sense.
(Ones I still have and use: V-Werks Katana 112/190 and 184; old K2 Pinnacle 105/186; old Rossi Sickle 111/184 [S6]; Peak 104/184 and 110/188; and old ON3P Jeffrey 110. These skis are all wonderful, different, and for me, each does at least something better than the others - so I keep them.)
Part of why I keep so many is because I know how to tune skis/bases so that they still perform like new, whatever their age. And some of them have gotten better with age.
Know the 194cm Blank sounds like the 182cm vs 192cm MFree 108 in that the longest length is a much more serious ski. That being said, even the 184cm CT 3.0/Sender Free 110 or 186cm BO 118 have about 15cm more effective edge than the 194cm Blank and the 190/191cm even longer.Second, the longest Blank only, is different - precise carving, and as good at carving re-freeze groomers slow or at speed
(in the Rockies) as almost any of the other skis I mentioned, including the Katana 184. It's a surprise that way.
It carves as well as or better than the '21 CT 3.0s. (But it's more stable carving than the '21 CT 3.0 18x, and more dialed in
with its turns than the CT 3.0 19x, at least for my profile.
Was waiting to hear you got on a set of the Sender Free 110(before I got on mine!!!), loved them and were going to rub it in! LolWe had a brand demo day here, at Loveland, with the regional and some of the national brand reps in attendance.
The first three skis I wanted to get on, the reps did not bring, including #1 the Rossi Sender Free 110/191.
(They had four sizes, longest 184.)
Talking to those reps, three of them use the Rossi Sender Free 110/191 as their daily driver - favorite ski.
(But they don't think that length will sell, so they don't bring it with them to demos around the country, they said. Dang.)
What they did say was that the 110 had the "exact same construction as the Sender 106 ti, but skied totally differently from that ski;"
and that the 110 is the future direction for Rossi fat skis in general.
They said it was an improvement on the 118 Black Ops (for larger skiers), with better edging (what you figured out),
and better for bigger skiers: big guys tend to go over the handlebars - poor fore-aft stability with
the Black Ops 118/186 - for just those bigger guys, the main rep told me (as I'd figured out myself).
(He's 6'1", 220 lbs., he told me. Stocky.)
But at least three of the Rossi reps love best the B.O. 118. And they are all smaller than I - more like the size
of the small-ish Blistergear reviewers.
Also, the head Rossi rep there said that they had wanted an improvement on the Sender Squad 112 with the 110:
for even the top rep, the 112 gets heavy and ponderous in tight spaces, he told me.
He saves that Squad ski for fast skiing in open spaces, whereas the 110 is more versatile,
and with a wider range of skiers it's right for. It's his "go to" ski, daily driver, he said.
He told me I'd probably love it - in that 110/191 size.
I've been interacting with him annually at these demos, and at SIA and industry only demos, for maybe a decade.
He let me know he remembers what skis I've liked and how I ski.
Much of what he said was what you'd figured out and reported.
Hats off to you, @GregK, for spotting what a significant ski the 110 Sender might be.
Oh, and also, that top rep confirmed to me that Rossi has been making already an ~194 Black Ops 118 ski -
but it has only been available for the Rossi pros; not even their reps can get a crack at it.
And Rossi does not plan to release it for sale to the public. They are going in a different direction, they said.
So the top Rossi rep has more than contented himself with the Sender 110 Free 191, the future of Rossi fat skis.
@GregK, you had already reported this direction, as I recall. Thanks.
While I couldn't get to demo the Sender 110 Free 191, I'm now likely to take a flyer and buy it at a good price.
I have a long-standing credit with my favorite ski shop, that I can use now, finally.
They have a pair of 191s in stock.
Looks like you will get on yours first, if I even succeed in getting a pair, dunno.Was waiting to hear you got on a set of the Sender Free 110(before I got on mine!!!), loved them and were going to rub it in! Lol
I knew when I saw the construction of them(except the Air Tip initially but think it will make the way easier to whip around) and such a similar shape to the Blackops 118 I knew it would be a winner!
Very exciting about the longer BO 118 too!!! Very long overdue and should be an absolutely insane ski too.
Very excited to try my Sender Free 110 out and your reports from the reps and skiers on it have me even more hyped! Thanks
Along with the b118 & 110, I’ve been v.Werks Katana curios this year. Do I want 184 or 190?Looks like you will get on yours first, if I even succeed in getting a pair, dunno.
Today, Monday, I skied 3"+ at Loveland Basin, on Volkl Katana 112/190s, a really great ski for powder/crud, and for soft groomers.
It was only on Saturday I had conversations with the Rossi reps, and at the same demo show found no other new or newer
fatter all mountain skis to demo (other than the longest Blank). My head is still spinning a bit, just as my body is tired
from demoing so many skis (mostly narrow near race skis, or all mountain under 99).
Also, maybe a misunderstanding: Rossi doesn't plan to ever release a longer 118 Black Ops to the public, according to the top rep.
Not even to the Rossi reps - just to their pros. Nuts! They are putting all their chips behind the Sender 110 Free construction for now,
they said, and - as you posted earlier - they plan to move in that direction with future skis in years to come, rather than follow through
with updates of the Black Ops skis, 118 or 112.
One confusion I still have is that Blister places the Rossi Sender 110/191 Free in the category of "All-Mountain Freestyle" skis,
whereas the Volkl V-Werks Katana 112/190 is in "All-Mountain Chargers," and the Salomon Blank 112/194 is in "Powder Skis - More Playful,"
along with the Rossignol Blackops 118/186. Seems like the first three of these could be in the same category, directly comparable.
Of those three, the best in powder may well be the 190 V-Werks Katana 112 - dunno again.
To me, Freestyle includes park, tricks, switch and hucks. Is that going to go with the Sender 110 Free? More than these others?
And maybe only the Black Ops 118 should be in a full on powder category, with the others in a category for something like
shallower resort soft snow, crud and fat all mountain versatility. A head scratcher.
190. Simple.Along with the b118 & 110, I’ve been v.Werks Katana curios this year. Do I want 184 or 190?