The Angus has an interesting history with us as we initially hated it when it came out, then last year we liked it, and this year they tweaked it a bit which has made it a completely different ride. Below you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Board: Rossignol Angus
Camber Option: Amptek All-Mountain. 40% camber in the middle and 30% rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Snowing heavily, 3 inches reported overnight on top of crusty frozen chunder, crisp fresh corduroy, and low visibility.
Flex: A stiffer all mountain twin. This makes the tips more playful and then stiffer through the middle. The torsional flex is also very rigid.
Stability: This board is stable when riding over death chunder or huge push mounds. On groomers I never once felt like there was any chatter.
Ollies: There is snap if you load up the camber area to initiate the rocker areas. Popping off natural features and rollers was a breeze.
Pop On Jumps: Jumps are not an issue with this deck. It boosts off the lip without any effort.
Butterability: The stiffer flex through most of the board makes initiating a butter take a bit more work. This is slightly offset by the rocker in the tips, but don’t expect that to help you. You have to work for whatever you get out of this deck.
Jibbing: I’ll be honest this board isn’t meant for jibbing. It’s a lot like a slopestyle deck where you come in hot do a very basic jib trick, and then you’re back on your way into a jump.
Carving: Their Magnetraction between the feet locks in on edge and holds well. The downside to this board is the rigid flex takes a bit more to drive the board through a hard turn and engage a deep carve. They added Roller to the board this year. What that does is creates a 2 degree rise of the edges. It’s not super noticeable in soft snow, but on firm groomers I did notice the edge not fully engaging in the tail out of carves.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain guy that’s spending more time charging than in the park or getting their freestyle on.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t think this was the right board to add Roller to. It takes away from the overall performance of the board when it’s transitioning from edge to edge. The flex is spot on for a twin with a setback all mountain freestyle board. It allows for a highly versatile ride.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Rossignols marketing department. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.