The last time I rode the Angus it was a turd of a deck. It didn’t live up to the hype that was surrounding it. Some minor tweaks and I can say this snowboard was a solid all mountain stick. Riding a variety of decks from Rossignol for 2014 this was a stand out.
Board: Rossignol Angus
Camber Option: Amptek All Mountain. 40% camber between the feet and 60% rocker everywhere else.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: It was closing day and they reported 12 inches over night. It hadn’t really started snowing till after 2 a.m. and in all actuality it was probably closer to 2 feet or more in most places.
Flex: This is a little bit of a stiffer all mountain freestyle deck. There’s some play in the tips but not much and the torsional give between the feet is just enough to be there when you need it in certain situations. Over all this is board moves more towards all mountain than it does freestyle.
Stability: Riding through all the various conditions like tight trees, whump bumps, chunder, pow curbs, and rutted out landings this board never faultered. It just wanted to keep going back for more.
Ollies: Rossignol has this thing called S-Tips that runs carbon up the center of the board that forks out in the tips to give snap. It does not disappoint. I was boosting all day off terrain with ease.
Pop On Jumps: Other than natural hits I never hit a park jump with it due to the abundance of snow causing the jump line to be closed. I did hit a natural hip that I sent about 25 feet with ease. This board just has such good snap.
Butterability: Pow butters were great on this board. It was a little wider and the rocker just let me sink in and plane across the top of the pow. On hard pack it’s a little stiff and takes some extra effort but is not out the question.
Jibbing: I only hit natural log jibs on this, which are scary enough as it is. The flex though isn’t something that would make it ideal for jibbing in my opinion regardless.
Carving: The edge hold on firm groomers is solid, you can just rip a turn with ease and not have to worry about it at all.
Rider in Mind: A true all mountain charger that throws in a mix of freestyle tricks when the opportunity persists.
Personal Thoughts: The last time I rode this board I think it was the first year it came out. I hated it, it was dead, heavy, and just not a fun board to be on. My how times have changed, I sent it hard and aggressively on this deck all day. Whether boosting natural hips, slashing pow fields, or dropping various obstacles this board just did not let up. It can butter pow with the best of them and the flex was super fun for slashing. I have no problem recommending this deck it just does so well.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review by the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.