Board: Rossignol Sushi
Camber Option: Amptek Elite. 60% camber that ranges insert to insert with a 5% rocker in the tail and a 35% rocker in the nose.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain.
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, 7 inches of fresh snow over night, temps that started out cool and became warmer as the day went on, and zero wind.
Flex: While some of the other short and fat pow boards out there tend to be stiffer, this board is more playful. The most abundant area of flex is in the nose and then it stiffens up as it heads into the first insert pack and progressively gets a bit more stiffer towards the tail. The torsional flex isn’t rigid which gives this board a lot of give between the feet.
Stability: The L.I.T.E. Grip core does what it’s intended to by absorbing micro vibrations especially underfoot. What you do notice is that due to having a nose that has an abundance of rocker you get a little bit of tip flapping, luckily this doesn’t resonate back to the insert pack. Getting into choppy terrain the board doesn’t get as bucked around as a traditional board, but it also doesn’t absorb as much as it could if it was stiffer. This is due in part to the lively nature of the board.
Ollies/Pop: With next to no tail on this board you have to really pop off your back foot. The flex in the middle of the board does lend itself to helping with some snap as well as having a majority of the board being camber, but it’s really going to come down to how strong your back leg is and how fast you can pop it.
Butterability: It’s a directional board, I wouldn’t expect it to be a super pow butter board. You can pretty much swivel around and that’s where you want to leave it.
Carving: The sidecut initiates turns on groomers well enough, but it’s from the center through the tail that you really notice how well this board rips on edge. You steer it more from the back foot through hard carves with the front of the edge by the nose not even contacting the snow.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s ripping a resort with a lot more tree runs than open terrain that needs a board they can surf the white wave on.
Personal Thoughts: Dare I say it, but this board is more fun than my Cool Bean. It slashes with the best of them and yet is easier to initiate on edge than other short wide boards. I’m still not 100% sold on the L.I.T.E. core technology, but in this model it does seem to help dampening micro vibrations that would normally fatigue your back leg. Overall I think Rossignol did well creating this board and they have a solid snow surfer on their hands.
Comparable Boards: Libtech MC Steptail, K2 Cool Bean, Marhar Woodsman
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