The Diva is the longest running deck in the Rossignol snowboard line. With a staple like this that seems to do well for lots of ladies how did the 2014 model stack up for our tester Zara? Keep reading to find out.
Board: Rossignol Diva Magtek
Camber Option: Amptek all mountain. 60% camber and 40% rocker.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pure
Stance: 21 inches wide 15 negative 15 regular
Boots: Salomon Kianna
My Weight: 148lbs
Conditions: Partly cloudy with a chance of meatballs. By meatballs I mean snow.
Flex: This board is meant for hard charging and hauling ass which means it has a stiffer than average profile.
Stability: Due to the flex or lack there of with this board I was able to charge over any kind of variation in the snow and not worry.
Ollies: You have tot to work for them. This is one of the stiffest boards I’ve ever tried to get snap out of.
Pop On Jumps: If you have to work hard to get the snap for an ollie out of this you have to work even harder, this board is solid (not in the best built way as in an oak door) and needs to be shown how to flex.
Butterability: Not buttery in the slightest. The flex pattern just doesn’t let you get over the tips and play around.
Jibbing: Terrifying. The nightmares I’ve encountered of the thought of riding rails on this board have caused me to have some serious Vietnam Veteran type of PTSD. It’s too stiff to lock in to presses and wrap around a box or rail to feel locked in.
Carving: This board was meant for the carve. On the steep blues with lots of space this board is meant to cruise with speed. You can really lean into
without any worry of squirrely-ness or chatter.
Rider in Mind: All mountain mainly groomed rider. This board can cruise for days. I wouldn’t suggest the Diva for a tree rider though, it’s a bit stiff and wouldn’t flex as quickly as the trees might like, after all they don’t move.
Personal Thoughts: I am normally all for the hybrid shaped boards. This one surprised me and scared me at the same time. What I like most about this shape is by having the rock in the tips it gives a great flex pattern. Pulling kinetic qualities out of the camber between the feet and torque from the tips, this was not the case. The board was super stable, but did not want to flex with me without a lot of force. Trust me kids, I’ve got leg power but the Diva did not care. Also the grip tech between the feet was a bit scary. I would think having the extra traction would be best execute under foot, not between. This came into play on several features. It gripped alright, and almost threw me flat on my face. It actually changed my placement on the feature and I hopped off before I was rudely bucked.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.