Board: Rossignol Circuit
Camber Option: Amptek Auto-Turn. 20 % camber in the middle 80% rocker everywhere else.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, firm to lightly slushy snow, and a fair bit of wind.
Flex: This is a beginner board so you can expect it to be soft and forgiving. The directional nature of the board obviously makes the nose softer than the tail. The torsional flex is highly abundant as well. It’s just a super soft board and that can’t be stressed enough.
Stability: If you’re learning to ride it will be more stable than other boards out there, if you know how to ride, this won’t be stable. That’s just the nature of a board this soft.
Ollies: 20% camber is so minimal it doesn’t give the snap of camber. This board is predominately rockered which means the pop is mushy due to the soft flex. Can you pop? Oh you can, but the results are going to vary depending on the user.
Pop On Jumps: Keep it to the small line because once you hit the 20 foot zone it’s going to get scary. Seriously, this board is for the kiddie park pro.
Butterability: Well the good news is with that much rocker and softer flex you can butter around till your heart is content. Just press and play.
Jibbing: Big rails might pose a problem, but this board can jib anything in the small and medium line. It’s soft, playful, and locks in with ease.
Carving: The sidecut is mellow but still grips really well. You can drive the board through the arc of the carve with ease, if you drive too hard though you might wash out.
Rider in Mind: Beginner to low level intermediate that is just starting out or slowly advancing.
Personal Thoughts: 20 years ago I might have ridden this thing, now not so much. I’m way beyond the level it’s marketed and built for, but it’s still nice to know what’s out there for the new riders coming into snowboarding. This board isn’t a bad option.
Check out the 2015 and 2016 review of the Circuit here.
Comparable Board: Arbor Formula, Salomon Pulse, Flow Merc
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This board was loaned to us for review from the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change so we rolled the 2016 review over for 2017.