2023 Rossignol Sender 106 Ti+ Review
This Sender is all-new, and it’s a crowd pleaser
This article was first published by SkiMag.com.
The Scores (out of 10)
- Overall Score: 8.35/10
- Rank: #2
- Versatility: 9
- Crud Performance: 8
- Flotation: 8
- Playfulness: 8.57
- Responsiveness: 8.86
- Quickness: 8.57
- Hard-Snow Integrity: 8.14
- Stability at Speed: 8.57
- Forgiveness: 8.29
- Price: $900
- Lengths: 180, 187, 194
- Dimensions: 138-106-12
- Radius: 21 (187cm)
- Level: Advanced, Expert
In a Nutshell
- Pros: Playfulness (#1), Quickness (#1)
- Cons: Hard-Snow Integrity (#4), Stability at Speed (#3)
It’s rare to come across a ski that’s intuitive for the user on the first run, but that’s the Sender 106 Ti+ in a nutshell. The Sender series is an evolution of the Black Ops Sender skis and the wildly successful S-Series, and the resulting all-new Sender 106 Ti+ is a lively freeride ski with serious all-mountain chops.
Featuring a responsibly sourced poplar core, carbon layers, and a Titanal beam, the 106 Ti+ harnesses ample power for popping, carving, and slashing all over the hill while quieting harsh feedback on firm snow. The 106mm waist—the second widest option in the Sender line after the beefier 112mm Sender Squad—provides the perfect platform to float through soft snow. Testers found that waist width hits the sweet spot, giving the ski top marks in Playfulness and Quickness thanks to effortless turn initiation in crud and soft snow.
“The more variables in the snow, the steadier it stayed,” commented Matt Schiller, a longtime ski tester and professional boot fitter based in Park City, Utah. “I found no issues from hard boiler plate to wet crud. Your eyes can lead you into any terrain, and your feet will be planted and connected.” Rossignol’s signature AirTip technology, which features a low-density honeycomb pattern in the rockered tip and tails, keeps swing weight low so you can smear, pivot, and swivel on a dime while also cutting vibrations for a smooth ride.
While the Sender 106 Ti+ doesn’t have the same need for speed as some of the other all-mountain skis we tested (stability scores dipped when we rallied fast down hardpack), it can hold its own on firm snow, as long as you’re not expecting to rail the cleanest turns of your life on frozen groomers. Advanced skiers will enjoy the 106 Ti+’s ability to open it up, but testers agreed you don’t have to be throwing down to access the potential of these skis. As you push the ski, it becomes more energetic and performs better. “Strong intermediate skiers will enjoy how easy it is to ride the Sender 106 Ti+ and be able to grow with the ski as they start exploring the mountain more,” said tester Jon Sexauer, an expert skier who grew up in the terrain park. “Advanced skiers will have no issue riding these anywhere on the mountain.” In short, playful freeriders will enjoy the intuitive nature of these capable planks, while intermediate skiers will feel like they have a set of keys to unlock new terrain on the hill.
“Absolutely the best evolution of a storied brand using vast experience to lead the sport in what is possible for all-mountain ripping,” said Schiller. If the mountain is your canvas, then the Sender 106 is your brush.
Lily Krass is a freelance ski journalist based in Jackson, Wyoming with work featured in SKI Magazine, Powder Magazine, Freeskier, Teton Gravity Research, and Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal. She spends winters backcountry skiing in Grand Teton National Park and riding lifts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, with the occasional trip to the Alps (for the food, obviously). While she’s been in ski boots since she learned to walk, Lily has been professionally writing about skiing, gear, and all things outdoors for the past seven years. In addition to an all-consuming addiction to powder skiing mixed with heavy doses of Type II fun, Lily takes snacking seriously, and when she’s not writing or sliding on snow, she’s likely deep into a baking project in her tiny kitchen. She is the co-author of Beyond Skid: A Cookbook For Ski Bums, a collection of dirtbag-friendly recipes inspired by life in a mountain town.