Gear Buddy Opinion
The Blackops series was designed for Freeride skiing. These skis were designed with the same hard charging tech as Rossi's race skis but in a platform suitable for being playful all over the mountain. The Alpineer was designed as a free touring ski. This ski weighs between 1050g and 1300g per ski depending on size making it incredibly light and suitable for high intensity days and mountaineering.
Had the chance to be on this the spring of 2020 and it has proven to be my favorite lightweight touring ski. The two things that this ski nails is a perfect weight and flexibility. The paulownia wood and fiberglass blend are key. And they were able to shave some grams by cutting out the topsheet. I have also skied this using a 1600 gram boot and a 900 gram and both have gotten great equal great reaction. Because of the softer leaning flex Ive also skied this in 2ft snow days and holds up. Would recommend, even to a new to backcountry skier. This is the one exception of a lightweight that is a safe buy.