Board: Rossignol Trickstick
Camber Option: Amptek Auto-Turn. 20 percent camber right between the feet and then 80% rocker everywhere else.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, snow that was either mashed potatoes, firm and fast, or ice.
Flex: This board is just a hair below a middle of the road freestyle flex. What you get is a nose that has a big flex point due to the rocker in it that is very playful, then it stiffens up closer to the inserts, and then on the inside of the inserts it becomes softer again. There is an abundance of torsional give to it as well which really lets you twist the board.
Stability: It’s about as stable as you would expect for a heavily rockered park board. You can cruise a groomer and won’t die, get into a chunder field and the board will be bucking you everywhere.
Ollies: There is a decent amount of snap with this board. It’s easy to load up and pop with due to the abundance of rocker in the tips.
Pop On Jumps: Would I hit a jump over 30 feet with this? Probably not, but for small to medium sized jumps it’s perfect. The flex gives just enough pop to let you boost the way you want but it won’t shoot you into the backseat.
Butterability: This board has such a big rocker zone coupled with a nice sweet spot in the tips that it just wants to play around. It locks in and slides all over the snow.
Jibbing: 20% camber is nice for hitting round bars and locking in. It’s such a small camber zone that it doesn’t slide out easily. The rockered tips and tails make pressing easier, but if you really want to lock into a press aim for the sweet spots and it will balance you out perfectly.
Carving: The asymmetrical sidecut rips turns. You can transition from toe to heel with ease. Where it falters a little is the flex can be a bit underwhelming and if you drastically drive the carve from the back foot it will buckle and want to push itself out of the turn. Yes you can Eurocarve on it and get low, you just want to make sure that you know the limitations of the board or as I already mentioned it will buckle and wash out.
Rider in Mind: Park rider that needs a sidecut that can rip a bit of an aggressive turn from time to time.
Personal Thoughts: So I had ridden the previous years model, but didn’t post the review due to Rossignol having some production issues and not wanting it out there. That years board was WAY softer than this years. Which it was nice to see it beefed up, because this board is fun to play around with. The other thing I noticed was that the L.I.T.E. Frame core seemed to not be as dead or chattery as that model. All in all it was a step in the right direction, although I would like to see this sidecut put on a board more like the Jibsaw or even Jibsaw HD.
Comparable Boards: K2 WWW, Arbor Draft, LibTech Skate Banana
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