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2023-2024 Rossignol Sender Free 110 Review

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If you’ve hung around skiing for a minute, you know Rossignol has played a major role in the history of freeride/powder skis. Remember names like S7, S3, Soul 7, and Super 7? Although certain ‘S’ skis left different legacies in different circles, no one can deny their popularity or the reverence so many skiers felt for them.

The Black Ops collection and the Sender collections replaced the S lines. And now for 2023-2024, Rossignol rolls out its latest freeride flagship: the Sender Free 110.

2023-2024 Rossignol Sender Free 110
Meet the debut ski in Rossignol’s new Sender Free collection.

Rossignol Sender Free 110 Review: Field Notes

The new Sender Free 110 profiles as a mashup of the freeridey Black Ops 118 and the more directional Sender 104 Ti. Rossignol plans to follow it up in coming seasons with more sizes (a full “unisex” range) and other waist widths.

Available in three sizes this year (176, 184, and 191), the Sender Free 110 aims to be stout underfoot yet playful/nimble in the tips and tails. Lightweight “air” tips float, and a titanal beam underfoot stings. This is a common approach to flex patterns in today’s freeride skis. Comparatively, the Sender Free 110 weighs in on the heavier end of the mid-fat spectrum (4400 grams in the 184), with less sidecut (longer radius) than some other popular options like the Salomon QST Blank. So while it does look more freeride-oriented than the non-“Free” Senders with deeper rocker lines, more splay, and more taper, it doesn’t want to land in the “lightweight freeride” category.

Rather, Rossignol the Sender Free 110 to dominate in big-mountain terrain. Not to mention freeride comps—the ski enjoyed early success on the Freeride World Tour, landing on multiple podiums before we were even allowed to talk about it.

So that’s the hype. Here’s how things went for me and Jonathan, one of our ski trainers, testers, and customer service managers. For reference, I measure 5’7″ and weigh in at 160 pounds. Jonathan is 6’1″ and a buck-eighty. We both tested the 184 Sender Free 110.

2023-2024 Rossignol Sender Free 110
The new Sender stares down soft bumps at Aspen Mountain.

Groomers

As a western shop with a bent for wide skis, we end up carving groomers on mid-fat freeride sticks often. Quick side note: I admit to loving this. On softer packed snow versus hardpack or ice, you can lean so hard into wider skis with that extra surface area that it allows you to push the skis further from your body and drop your hips lower easier. Can you tell I never ski raced?

Anyway, when it comes to groomer skiing on ~“110mm skis, the Sender Free 110 is more fun than whatever the average. I felt confident laying every bit of my smallish frame into that metal beam and bending the ski as hard as I could. When skiing more forward, I liked that Rossignol extended bulk further into the tips than in some of its previous freeride skis with air tips. Supportive at Mach Looney, but with enough liveliness to rebound in and out of turns and pop off side hits. It definitely likes long-radius, high-speed arcs.

Jonathan: “For a 110 underfoot, it offers plenty of edge hold and energy on a groomer, that I definitely don’t mind spending a day ripping groomers on it.”

Bumps and Trees

How you feel about skiing the Sender Free 110 in bumps depends on how you go about skiing bumps—and how accustomed you are to doing so on bigger planks. If you meander down mogul runs conservatively, zig-zagging across the fall line, you’ll notice the Sender Free’s heft. It won’t punish you. But it’s not as nimble as some others in this category with no metal, lighter weights, or more sidecut (thinking of skis like the K2 Reckoner 112, Volkl Blaze 114, and Atomic Bent 110).

If, on the other hand, you attack the fall line when you ski bumps and trees, you’ll enjoy how planted and predictable the Sender Free 110 feels. It stays on its line better than more freestyle-oriented or lighter-weight skis in this category. Especially in the 184 (which is on the longer side of the range I usually ski), it felt powerful, damp enough, and reliable. Those air tips certainly lighten the swing weight, and there’s a chance bigger skiers driving the skis through the shovels won’t find them supportive enough. I, as a fun-sized person, did.

The Sender Free 110 noticeably blends traits from the aforementioned more playful skis and more line-hawking directional options like the Volkl Revolt 114, Volkl V-Werks Katana, Blizzard Rustler 11 (23-24 version), Rossi’s own Sender 104 Ti, etc. It packs a nice mix that a lot of skiers will enjoy.

Jonathan: “The Black Ops 118 is probably the only thing similar in terms of stability plus forgiveness, but the Sender Free is notably lighter when it comes to swing weight, notably more accommodating of forward stance, and also feels quicker and more energetic than the Black Ops 118.”

For me, you may be hard-pressed to find a ski in this category that more seamlessly blends playfulness and power.

2023-2024 Rossignol Sender Free 110
We skied the Sender Free 110 at Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen Mountain for our test. SKIER: Jonathan Nethercutt PHOTO: Matt McDonald

Powder and Mixed Snow

Jonathan: “The Sender Free 110 feels pretty surfy in soft snow, which can be a harder trait to balance with a ski that offers similar levels of stability. It’s SUPER stable for how easy it is to ski, and how forgiving it is. Most skis that have this combination of maneuverability and forgiveness don’t offer nearly as much stability (at speed, through chop, etc.). That can change between sizes, but I haven’t really felt like I needed the next size up for stability reasons (though I probably will bump up for the added confidence, given how easy the ski is to deal with in tight, technical terrain).”

Sensing a theme? Jonathan and I both find the Sender Free 110 to be an exceptionally balanced ski.

The highlight of my test was shouldering the Sender Free up Aspen’s Highlands Bowl for a descent of some of Colorado’s primo in-bounds terrain. Where I mined knee-deep snow between the rocks and the tracks, the skis floated well, slashed, and felt like they came to party. They felt equally at home getting thrown sideways and attacking the fall line in longer, higher-speed turns. When crossing tracks at the bottom of the run and in the runout, they felt planted and intuitive. The caveat on that second point is, again, that the lightweight/soft tips may not drive as powerfully through heavy chop as some other skis with stiffer tips (like the Katana 108). And others feel looser, like the Bent 110. But for me, you may be hard-pressed to find a ski in this category that more seamlessly blends playfulness and power.

Jonathan: “Re: airs, the Sender Free feels balanced and very supportive on landings at the tail, despite the tail rarely feeling punishing. For example, the Line Blade Optic 104 has similarly supportive tail on landings. But it feels more demanding to ski and a bit more punishing of poor technique. And for playing around, the tips of these skis feel very accessible and soft, to the point that they are fairly easy to play around/butter on. You can also easily engage them, which seems surprising for how little the tips get knocked around.”

The Sender Free 110 felt at home in lots of terrain and snow types. Especially pow. SKIER: Jonathan Nethercutt PHOTO: Matt McDonald

Downside

Jonathan and I both alluded to the Sender Free 110’s lightweight tips. Note that neither of us actually experienced much deflection in our tests. For me, skiing it on the longer side of my range, you could have predicted that. But for Jonathan, for whom the 184 lands on the shorter side, it’s a pleasant surprise. He got the playfulness, forgiveness, and maneuverability he wanted without feeling compromised on the stability side.

That said, if as a skier you don’t play around or get sideways and pretty much always skis with a directional, charging style (aka a fall-line hawk), I would probably point you in the direction of some other options. Why? You don’t need the style points built into the Sender Free 110, so you’d only use half of what the ski does well.

Jonathan: “Certainly the ski doesn’t have as strong of a shovel to blast through chop as something like an Enforcer, but I never thought the ski suffered very much from deflection. If it did get deflected, it was so predictable that I never had a problem anticipating it and adjusting my line accordingly.”

And on the flip side, if you want something purely surfy and playful, some other skis offer more tapered tips and softer flexes underfoot. Versatility makes the Sender Free 110 special rather than being the most playful or the most chargey mid-fat ski.

Bottom Line

In figuring out who will love the Sender Free 110, or if you should buy it, start with how Jonathan and I initially reported back to each other after our testing. It went something like, “Dude, this thing’s awesome, I’m probably going to buy it.”

Keep in mind our ski styles. While we both like to ski fast and attack the fall line and both like to play around, I come out on the more charging/directional side of that, and he comes out on the more jibby, playful side. So for both of us to have that reaction to the Sender Free 110 speaks volumes to its versatility.

Like another exceptionally versatile and similar ski in this category, the aforementioned Salomon QST Blank, the Sender Free 110 looks to get along well with many skiers. It works for strong/stoked intermediates through experts. It looks cool (and that MATTERS). And it checks multiple boxes for multiple types of skiers. That especially includes people who either want a mid-fat ski as their daily driver or as a capable powder ski that doesn’t land all the way on the wide side.

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