The Rossignol Angus has a hybrid camber profile with magnetraction as well as lifted edges all around. It’s very catch free and pretty easy to jib for it’s flex but the lifted tech makes the ride feel a little different compared to many hybrid camber boards. Some might like it and some might not.
2015 Rossignol Angus Review
2014 and below Rossignol Angus Review
The Rossignol Angus is a solid rocker board with a little camber snowboard that has the stability of camber and the float/catch free feel of rocker. It has a pretty fun all mountain to semi-aggressive all mountain freestyle ride that many will appreciate. This is like a slightly more aggressive Rossignol Taipan with a stance that is closer to centered for those who like to ride centered/switch all over the mountain.
The Rossignol Angus has a hybrid camber profile that debuted in 2010 called Amptek. There is 40% camber between the feet and 60% rocker after. Aside from a few minor tweaks here and there the Angus has remained a very similar ride from 2010 to 2014.
Size 161 & 157
Conditions: 3+ Feet of good Sierra powder (that means still pretty thick) to really hard almost icy snow.
Riders: James, Peter, Eli Kyle Jimbo and a few others
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Nike Zoom Ites, Burton Ambush
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Diode, Union Force, Flux DMCC, Flux SF45,Burton Genesis, Union SL, Union Contact Pro and a few others.
Set Up: Centered to set all the way back. 22-23.5 Inches wide 15 front and -3 to -15 back. Basically we tried this almost every way we could.
On Snow Feel: The Angus has a solid stable feel between the feet and although it feels stiff and somewhat aggressive it’s still pretty forgiving and very quick turning. It seems to prefer the pipe, riding the mountain and has more of an aggressive ride.
Powder: The Angus has a good amount of rocker that starts about the mid part of the bindings. The float is pretty good when it comes to riding powder but we liked the Rossignol Taipan more for directional powder riding. The Taipan would give it a little bit more of a surfy float where the Angus felt more like a skate board. This is mainly because the Taipan has a little bit more of a set back. We’d love to see the Angus get the same -20mm set back as the Taipan and it would make it a really fun set back ride. As it stands now it’s more of a centered stance powder ride that can set back a bit when it gets deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving– Some might call this easy to turn and others might call it moterate. If you know how to turn very well then it will be easy and very quick edge to edge. If you skid your turns the stiffer flex might be more of a moderate board. Regardless most intermediate to expert riders won’t have much issue getting this board edge to edge. Hybrid Camber boards ride smaller on groomed runs and hard pack but ride bigger in powder. It’s narrower waist makes it quick edge to edge even though it’s not effortless to do so. Carving isn’t bad and it holds an edge throughout a hard carve without being washy. It doesn’t have much of a spring out of a turn but the minimal camber does keep the board from washing out. We’d like to see Rossignol give this board a little more camber between the feet like some competitors have done recently. We’d love to see a 50/50 or 60/40 camber/rocker blend or even a higher camber arc between the feet.
Speed: The Rossignol Angus has good speed for it’s flex and design but when going into a long straight line you can feel a bit of chatter. It’s nothing unbearable but it is noticeable. If you are looking for a bomber board this isn’t it. It you are looking to have fun all over the mountain the Angus is not afraid to step out of the park.
Uneven Terrain: It’s great for weaving in and out of bumps but it can pass some shock up to your body. With a good pair of shock absorbent bindings this isn’t bad in any type of terrain. So yeah it’s really good for it’s flex.
Approximate Weight– The Angus is well built and looks pretty sturdy. That being said it’s not heavy either. It’s kind of middle ground.
Edge Hold: The hybrid camber in the Angus seems to help it grip the snow between the feet very well. It does a great job climbing up a icy pipe wall but after a few weeks of hard pack conditions and some times snowment we found it not as grippy as let’s say a magnetraction board but it still did a pretty good job in just about anything you would want to ride from the Rocky’s and west. East coast riding in ice and snowment might not be the best choice compared to the Rossignol Onemag Amptek & Onemag Amptek Wide.
Flex: As you can see from the Rossignol Spec sheet is the Angus has a different flex throughout the board. We would still call this a medium flex. Despite it’s medium flex (stiffer in the middle it still has a playful feel that makes is feel like you are riding a soft board. It’s not going to butter very well but it can butter as far as the rocker bends up.
Switch: We rode the Angus with a centered stance and despite the directional twin shape and varied stiffness throughout the board the Angus rode switch just like we were riding regular. None of us noticed a difference and you will only notice a difference if you butter the board regular and switch.
Jibbing– This would be a shame to ruin those perfect edges and ride this board over kinked rails. This is more for riding the mountain, stopping to hit some jumps and then making a run through the pipe. It can jib ok but you would be happier on softer boards. This is pretty stiff for the jib park.
Pipe: Really fun and forgiving in the pipe. The edge hold is there and the Angus is forgiving enough to try new things. It has enough camber between the feet to drive pretty well from wall to wall. It’s not exceptional but it’s a perfect board for consequence free (well mostly) wall to wall fun.
Jumps: The Angus is pretty snappy and lively. It’s good when it comes to generating your own air or go off a kicker in the park. It’s not a spring factory but it’s got some mid level spring.
We know the Rossignol Angus isn’t the first board to come up when you think about the best of the best to buy but we feel Rossi’s hybrid camber and all around design has some serious merit. Also The Angus makes for a great all conditions ride that most will enjoy. We love the stable feeling between the feet and the forgiving tip/tail. We feel this is an excellent all mountain freestyle board. It’s definitely worth a look when shopping for a good all mountain to semi-aggressive all mountain freestyle board.
For 2011 there were a few minor tweaks but it’s pretty much the same board. We are glad Rossignol resurrected this tech. This little bend makes a huge difference in terms of all conditions performance compared to most continuous rocker snowboards. For 2012 and 2013 not much has changed in terms of the general ride. It’s still just as fun as it was in 2011 and 2010.
A quick Look at the 2013 Rossignol Angus