Board: Rossignol Circuit
Camber Option: Amptek Autoturn. 30% camber in the center with 70% rocker in the tips and a slightly beveled base.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny mostly bluebird skies, heavy winds, average temps, heavy pow, chunder pow, wind blown snow, ice, and firm fast groomers.
Flex: Lets be real here this is a beginner board to intermediate level board so of course it’s going to be soft. Even though it is soft there’s just enough stiffness through the inserts that it doesn’t feel like a wet noodle. You get a ton of play in the nose and tail. The torsional flex is overly abundant and you can just twist this board however you want.
Stability: There’s a tiny stable section in this board and that’s from insert pack to insert pack. After that this board is about as loose as they get which is what you should expect from a board that is almost full rocker. The chatter is abundant and you feel everything with it.
Ollies: The snap is very skatelike and while you don’t have to load up the camber section to get it to engage it does cause a nice reaction with the rocker zone to make it pop just a little harder than you would think. Overall it’s not a snappy board but it is predictable and you know what you’re going to get out of it regardless of what you put in.
Pop On Jumps: Unfortunately there weren’t any jumps set up at the time I tested this but I can tell you right now just keep it to small features. That’s what it’s designed for. It lacks the stability to hit anything bigger.
Butterability: With the soft nose and abundance of rocker you can just roll into a butter on this thing and have it hold. If you’re not careful you’ll over power it and cause it to wash out. This board has almost no fight in it when you’re pressing and what little fight there is well that’s isolated to that micro camber section. Get weird, get wild, just remember there are limitations to it.
Jibbing: It locks into a press and holds it with ease. Yes you can overpower it so maybe tone it down a notch or two if you’re an aggressive jibber otherwise if you’re just learning lean into it and be happy you’re getting it up on the nose or tail. The camber section is tiny so you do have to be a bit more calculated to get it to lock in between the feet.
Carving: For something so soft this board actually carves fairly well. It won’t do deep hard aggressive Euro-carves as there just isn’t anything in the tail you can push into with it, but short quick carve or medium mellow carves are fine. On edge it holds on well enough and gives you that added grip you can expect from a board with more contact points.
Rider in Mind: High level beginner that’s progressing or low level intermediate that wants to progress.
Personal Thoughts: It’s not a bad board for what it is. The camber section is mellow and the board pretty much rides like a full rocker board. It’s soft, easy to maneuver, and never fights you on anything. Perfect for someone progressing and yes I do know that this is definitely not a board for my caliber of riding and I’m OK with that.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Formula, Ride Manic, Nitro Prime
Binding Recommendations: K2 Indy, Ride C-4, Burton Mission