2022 Rossignol BLACKOPS W Stargazer

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lengths: 154, 162, 170 cm
radius: 14 m at 162 cm
sidecut: 127/92/117 mm at 117 cm

The Rossignol BLACKOPS Stargazer is a lightweight all-mountain ski designed for versatility, ease of use, and soft snow capabilities. Although it’s positioned in Rossignol’s freeride collection, at 90-94 mm underfoot depending on length, it really feels more like an all-mountain ski to use. The BLACKOPS line in general replaced the 7 series from previous years and features a different shaping concept. There’s less early taper in these skis than, say, the Sky 7 HD, so you get a longer effective edge and a little more grip. We still get a nice amount of tip rocker to help with turn initiation and boost flotation in softer snow conditions, but overall, they don’t ski as short as the skis they are replacing. The construction is intended to feel lightweight, stable, and energetic all at the same time. A lightweight paulownia wood core is used along with Rossignol’s Damp Tech and Diago Fiber technologies. Damp Tech uses rubber in the tip of the ski, providing excellent vibration damping when your tip comes in contact with something firm. Diago fiber increases the ski’s torsional stiffness without adding too much weight.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Diago Fiber, Damp Tech
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder

Carly Monahan skied the 162 cm length during our Ski Test and loved her experience on the Stargazer. We didn’t get a single score below 4 out of 5 from Carly, and flotation, stability, versatility, and overall impression all earned full 5 out of 5 scores. Carly also mentioned the 162 cm length felt perfect and that’s the length she would choose if buying a pair being located here in Vermont. She also added that if you’re skiing bigger and/or more wide open terrain, it might be worth sizing up. “Felt strong and relatively stiff for how light they were - can certainly chop through crud and chunder. Super versatile and fun for someone looking to ski a bit of everything: carving groomers, searching out leftover pow stashes in the woods, or harvesting some spring corn.” We couldn’t agree more. The Stargazer is a phenomenal choice for a skier who’s looking to do a bit of everything, and in all honesty, might just be the most versatile ski Rossignol is making right now. It’s not as powerful as some of their Experience Ti models or Nova carving skis, but it’s no slouch on groomers, and then you get a lightweight, maneuverable, playful feel that’s lost on a lot of those heavier skis with metal.

You might have thought Carly’s scores were impressive, and we would have to agree, but Lauren Lepage took it to the next level with a full perfect score for the Stargazer. 5 out of 5 scores for every single criteria is something that rarely happens in any of our testing. Lauren also skied the 162 cm length, which she simply stated that it skied “true to size.” “One of my favorite skies of the 2022 Ski Test. I felt very comfortable, it was smooth and playful but stable on edge - I loved the way it maneuvered. This is a ‘look no further, I can do it all’ type of ski.” Catherine Ferguson decided to test the shorter 154 cm length, although ultimately decided that was too short for her. As such, we saw higher scores for quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, and forgiveness (4 out of 5) and slightly lower scores for stability and torsional stiffness/edge grip (3 out of 5). We can only imagine that those 3 out of 5 scores would’ve bumped up a little bit had Catherine skied the 162 c like Carly and Lauren. That said, Catherine still had fun on the Stargazer. “They were a fun, quick ski. Not quite stiff enough for the mush we were skiing in, but they would be super playful in some light fluffy snow. Good for all-mountain intermediate skiers.”

The BLACKOPS Stargazer offers lightweight, versatile performance for a wide range of skiers. It really is a true all-mountain ski in the sense you can take it on any terrain your local resort offers. East or west or somewhere in between, it doesn’t matter. The Stargazer handles firmer groomed snow, softer conditions, and will even work when things get deep. Although none of our testers specifically commented on this, at 1700 g per ski in the 170 cm length, the Stargazer is certainly light enough to justify pairing with a hybrid alpine touring binding and using it both in the resort and in the backcountry.

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