Board: Rossignol XV Magtek
Camber Option: Amptek All-Mountain. 40% camber between the feet and 30% rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Overcast skies in the early morning to patches of overcast in the mid day. 5 inches reported over night, crusty snow/ice lingering underneath the fresh due to the warmer spring like temperatures.
Flex: A reverse directional flex makes for a stiffer nose, softer nose, and the softest aspect being the tail. The torsional flex is enough to twist the board to catch and grip when needed. Over all the flex is softer than most hard charging all mountain freeride boards.
Stability: With the way the flex pattern works you can keep your weight a bit more forward which allows you to push through chunder easier. This board could run over a rock field and you wouldn’t notice it, because it’s that solid and stable.
Ollies/Pop: The camber between the feet gives the board the ability to be loaded and pop, while the rocker gives it that nice easy skate style snap you want when you’re riding in deep pow.
Butterability: This is a board you have to be on top of to do a butter, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means you have to work for it. For most people looking at this board I doubt they’ll ever butter it.
Carving: The Magnetraction grips real well on icy surfaces and allows you to lay an edge in. The over all sidecut is enough for doing hard Euro-carves or really simple set up turns.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to charge some steep lines, slash some pow, billy goat through a rock field, and then get back on the groomers and carve around.
Personal Thoughts: This board never disappoints. It’s solid, it is versatile, and it does what it’s marketed to do. If you are riding lines and need an aggressive charging board, this is the deck for you.
Comparable Boards: Burton Gatekeeper, Smokin Pow Wow, Rome Sawtooth
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This board was loaned to us for review by the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.