Last year if you asked us if we would ever ride a Rossignol again we would have laughed at you. If you said we would actually dig one of their boards as the best jib stick we’ve been on we would have mocked you. Well here we are in 2014 and the RocknRolla has just won the Best Good Platinum Wood Test Award Pick for Jibbing. Yeah we were shocked too but you can read why this thing killed it below.
Board: Rossignol RocknRolla
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sun to clouds to heavy wet snow falling from the skies. The snow was heavy but fast and the park was slightly hammered.
Flex: It’s stiffer than a jib stick but softer than a all around park deck. The tips have a fair amount of give then it stiffens up under foot and between the bindings. The torsional flex has a lot of give to it which give it a lot of twist when flexing each binding separately.
Stability: It’s actually stable for it’s size and flex. This was a bit surprising as pushing around the heavier snow you would have figured would be a chore. It’s not damp by any means.
Ollies: There’s a ton of snap out of this board. Be prepared to pop further and higher when initiating snap off an edge or out of the tips.
Pop On Jumps: This board can actually handle small to medium sized jumps with ease if you’re prepared to land bolts. The snap is great for making sure you sail over the knuckle and land in the sweet spot.
Butterability: There’s a 360 degree base bevel of 1.5mm’s which elevates the edge so it won’t catch, then there’s the rockered tips, the blunted shape, and of course the flex pattern. You can just spin around on your tips and not have to worry about hanging up. This board can butter.
Jibbing: The sweet spot is huge and it locks into presses with ease. This board is just at home on rails. Going through a kink is great because the base is elevated 1.5mm’s which helps avoid those pesky hang ups. Having camber between the feet also locks into slides with minimal effort.
Carving: So the sidecut is a little different. The tips have a reverse sidecut at the kicks then it goes back to a traditional for the rest of the board. I’ve never railed turns like this on something so soft yet snappy and had it lock in like a freeride board. You can Euro-carve with this if you push it to the limit and the whole board stays locked in, the tip does not raise up causing you to back foot carve out of the arc.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that will take a few laps around the mountain and see what is happening.
Personal Thoughts: This is one of the most unique rides I’ve been on in recent years. Everything about it screams jibstick that should stay in the park but the ride itself made me want to venture out on some runs and push it to the limit. It does take a few laps to get used to as the sidecut and camber profile are different. Over all it’s impressive.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.