The Rossignol XV Magtek has been garnering a lot of attention in the snowboard world due to its unique design as well as being the board of choice of big mountain destroyer Xavier De La Rue. Getting to test this on a full blown powder day was one of the best experiences you could ask for with writing a review. Here’s what we had to say.
Board: Rossignol XV Magtek
Camber Option: Amptek All Mountain. 60% rocker out in the tips working its way back to the center of the board and 40% camber under foot.
Bindings: K2 Formula’s
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: 8 inches of new snow reported in the last 24 hours, the morning started with more snow dumping, and colder temps. It moved into a sunny afternoon with temps warming up causing the snow to become very heavy and packed down.
Flex: They have what they call a reverse directional flex. What that means is that the board is stiffer in the nose, a little softer in between the feet, and tapering to the softest part of the board being the tail. By no means is the tail a soft noodle after all this is Xavier De La Rue’s board of choice, all it means is that you can back foot bend the tail to slash aggressively or keep your weight forward as the front won’t wash out from being too soft.
Stability: Look at who this board is designed for, then ask yourself are you going to be straight lining down a frozen waterfall. The only time this board felt unstable was after five hard hours of charging powder and my legs were done. Early in the day I got into some not so filled in powder lines and had to go across a couple rock fields, with ease this board absorbed all those nasty bumps and pushed forward.
Ollies/Pop: When charging drops or natural hips this board would boost further than anyone else I was riding with. You can use this to send features without any real effort.
Butterability: The flex of this board just isn’t conducive to buttering. I tried it’s just not going to happen.
Carving: Getting onto snow that had firmed up this board actually gripped really well and held a carve. The Magnetraction between the feet adds to the carve-ability of this board and lets you rip and grip a line. The tip shape is similar to a boat hull which really lets you get up on edge a bit faster.
Rider in Mind: Someone that is going to go straight really fast, carve a hard line, ollie over whatever is in front of them, slash again, then go straight. This is a straight bomber board for aggressive freeriding.
Personal Thoughts: Normally I would say this type of board is not my cup of tea and I would be right. But the conditions lined up for me to aggressively test this in varying types of free ride terrain and I was pleasantly surprised. There is a lot of tech in this board that helps with why it rides the way it rides. If you’re like me where you actually like to ride weight forward most of the time you should look at this deck as you don’t have to get in the backseat as much in deeper and steeper powder.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for review from the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.