Directional all mountain boards have their place and even though it seems the market has gone away from them, they’ve never truly left. Rossignol knows this and has managed to have more than a few models. The Taipan is one of those models.
Board: Rossignol Taipan
Camber Option: Amptek All-Mountain. 40% camber between the feet 60% rocker everywhere else.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny skies, fresh crispy groomers, warm spring temps, and zero wind.
Flex: This board comes in as a slightly above middle of the road directional flex. In typical directional flex patterns the nose is softer and it progressively gets stiffer towards the tail. The torsional flex is noticeable but not overly abundant.
Stability: Having a little bit of camber and a slightly above middle of the road flex pattern under foot gave this board amazing stability through the chop and firm morning snow. Rarely did I feel unstable or about to eat shit and die.
Ollies: This board has snap. Loading up the camber zone actuates the rockered tail which then proceeds to launch you off natural features and onto urban approach rails/boxes. Out of the Rossignol line up this could very well have the most snap.
Pop On Jumps: Jumps were a breeze with this deck. Never once did it falter when popping off a lip.
Butterability: Obviously with the directional flex the nose is easier to press and play on than the tail. Just be prepared to work for it and fight the rebound of the camber zone.
Jibbing: The nose has an immense sweet spot for presses due to the rocker and softer flex. The tail on the other hand takes a bit more work. I wouldn’t call this board a jib stick by any means.
Carving: Railing hard aggressive turns the sidecut engaged easily and locked you in through the carve. Short quick turns were easy as well. Over all this is a board you can be aggressive or mellow on depending on your mood.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a little camber, a good sidecut, and a directional flex/stance they can take all over the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This board was fun and while a bit toned down compared to other Rossignols in terms of tech it fits the category it’s trying to reach. The flex did seem stiffer than other directional boards in their line which was a bit surprising, but it wasn’t so overwhelming you couldn’t drive the board through carves or over snow.
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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.