Board: Rossignol Templar
Camber Option: Amptek All Mountain. 40% camber in the middle and 30% rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Blue skies, sunshine, high winds, ice, crud, and blown off snow on the groomers.
Flex: For this year they added some carbon to this board in the middle to stiffen it up, it still comes in with a below middle of the road all mountain flex. You have an abundance of play in the tips then it stiffens up slightly through the middle. There is a lot of torsional flex to this board and you can twist it any way you want.
Stability: This board is moderately stable. You’ll notice a lot of chatter in the tips in uneven terrain. That carbon down the middle of the core helps a little bit, but overall this isn’t a damp ride. It’s a deck you’ll feel everything on as you push it.
Ollies: There’s a huge flex point right where the camber meets the rocker and that is where the board snaps from. There’s a decent amount of pop from this board and it will boost with ease. It’s easy to engage and doesn’t let you down.
Pop On Jumps: Keep it to the small and medium line, the flex of this board bends well with the lip of the jump and you can snap off it, but it’s not a board that’s designed to send it with.
Butterability: Those rocker zones in the tips are immense and really give a bit area to play around on. You can lock this into any butter combination and pop right out. It takes next to no effort.
Jibbing: This board is so easy to press and slide with. If you’re learning to jib it’s great, if you know what you’re doing, not so much. It’s one of those boards that is flexible and forgiving. It will lock into any press variation with ease.
Carving: Can you over power this board? Yes! Will you over power this board? Maybe? I found that the edge to edge transition was solid on this deck and it did what I needed it to do. Was it great? No, but it could hold a carve when you wanted to. The big thing is that abundance of rocker in the tip and the tail will flex out on really hard driven carves.
Rider in Mind: The progressing rider that isn’t sending it super hard yet.
Personal Thoughts: With adding that carbon to the middle of this board it seems Rossignol was trying to bring this board up to being a more intermediate level, it’s not. It still feels like a softer flexing board for someone that can link turns and barely carve. It’s great for that, but it’s not something that is mind blowing.
Comparable Boards: Nidecker Score, K2 Raygun, Yes Basic, Ride Antic, Burton Instigator
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