For 2014 we gave the Rossignol RockNRolla The Best Jib Board Award for our Best Good Platinum Wood Test Award Picks. In 2015 nothing has changed and while this board slays jibs and still has that level of performance we want it was ebbed out as the best jib board.
Board: Rossignol RockNRolla
Camber Option: Amptek Auto Turn. 20% camber between the feet 80% rocker everywhere else.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Mid day slushy sunny park laps. The snow had the consistency of mashed potatoes and there were a few sections of corduroy to be found.
Flex: This board is soft but responsive. The tips obviously have the most play and that extends back to the insert packs, then it’s a little stiffer between the feet. The torsional give matches the middle flex making it smooth and consistent.
Stability: It’s stable to a point. This means that the more gnarly chopped out terrain will buck this board around. High speeds are not the issue until you go into changing snow conditions i.e. mashed potatoes, ice, firm groomer, etc. etc.
Ollies: The snap of this board is derived from its wider platform, camber in the middle, and long rocker zone. It’s very skate style meaning that you don’t have to preload the camber to get it to actuate the rocker and snap. Popping over small slow signs, off rollers, side hits, and onto urban features is easy but the more you work at it the higher you will go.
Pop On Jumps: For a board so small and jib oriented it does handle jumps fairly well. Small to medium sized jumps take little to no effort. If you’re expecting over abundant pop though, think again.
Butterability: The Roller technology in the base of this board elevates the edges so you don’t catch, the rocker makes it playful, and the flex is just downright conducive to buttering. High speed or low speed you can just crank out ground spins with ease. Holding them takes a bit more effort as the small camber zone does want to rebound out of it, but it’s not enough to overwhelm the rest of the board.
Jibbing: There’s a reason this board won our Jib Award last year. It’s ease of use on rails and boxes coupled with its natural catch free nature. The Roller elevates the edges so you’re sliding on the base and never the metal, this helps eliminate the possibility of an edge catch. Then there’s the long rocker area which makes pressing a breeze. The camber between the feet locks into board slides so effortlessly.
Carving: Most jib boards fail at being able to carve, this board does not disappoint. Would I recommend it for carving down steep icy faces? Probably not, but that doesn’t hold it back from ripping a groomer apart. You can do hard carves with it if you know how to commit and are prepared for the board to be a little chattery. Short set up carves are where it’s at though.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that’s going from the street to the park and wants just a little bit of carve ability.
Personal Thoughts: This board didn’t disappoint last year when I tested it and this year it still stands out as a board you can destroy the park on with a a jib focus, but isn’t limited to just rails. When hitting jumps it didn’t wash out and the edge hold is superb, especially in the slushy snow where you can get bogged down. The thing I would note is that Roller seems to help with the glide through slush as the edges are not dragging and creating friction slowing you down. Over all it’s a solid jib stick you can still play around with on the rest of the mountain.
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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.