The Rossignol Krypto is a pretty aggressive freeride board with a hybrid camber profile that almost feels like camber. It’s for those that like to point it, often see hard conditions but want to be ready when there is powder. The price is also quite exceptional for the board you get.
The 2014, 2015 and 2016 Rossignol Krypto is pretty much the same ride as when I first starting riding this board a few years back. Very little to nothing has changed except now it no longer has the very similar Rossignol Experience as a brother but instead has the much more different Rossignol XV Magtek. With the Experience gone it’s arguably the most aggressive board in their line.
Conditions: 3+ feet of good sierra powder to hard almost icy snow and everything in between.
Riders: James, Peter, Eli, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited, Burton Diode, Union Force, Flux DMCC, Flux SF45, Burton Genesis,
Set Up: Set Back some to all the way. 23″ Wide, 18 front -3 back
On Snow Feel: The Krypto is a strong stable between the feet mostly camber board that offers a ride that likes speed, straight lines and wide open terrain. It feels like there is more camber than Rossi states. I’m not saying that Rossi is lying but just that this board feels pretty aggressive and the camber between the feet is pretty tall compared to other boards. The Krypto seems to prefer open terrain to straight line and wide turns. If you compare this to a board like the Arbor Steepwater it feels mellow but compared to most hybrid shape freeride boards out there these days it’s a shade on the aggressive side.
Powder: It’s not the hit the trees tight turning tight spot kind of board. It’s all about opening up on a wide open face or straight lining a chute. The Krypto floats pretty well but it doesn’t have that effortless float that many powder or freeride boards have but its better than camber.
Turn Initiation: The Krypto doesn’t have the kind of quick edge to edge transitioning that some freeride boards deliver. It’s more about long fast S turns or medium to wide radius turns on wide open steep terrain. It isn’t off the tail super slashy but it’s not skate like either. It’s more like riding a long board when surfing the powder. It’s not a board that’s easy to turn and it’s not really for the rider that want’s to spend all day in the trees.
Carving: When it comes to carving the Krypto is really fun to lay into a hard carve and it can handle harder snow than you would think. It’s not a quick carver like the XV but the more you commit to the carve and lean all your weight into it the more fun it is. The XV can turn up hill very easy with a committed carve where this takes a lot more work to get it going back up hill. It likes a wider run than the XV.
Speed: It feels like the fastest board in Rossignols line these days. It’s just a shade faster than the XV and a really stable bomber. You can feel the nose chatter a bit but it doesn’t seem to make it into the rest of the board with contact in the snow. I think Peter one day on perfect groomers went scary fast. I don’t want to say how fast because I don’t want people going out trying to beat the speed but let’s just say that he would of had a reckless driving ticket if he was caught driving that speed on most freeways.
Uneven Terrain: You know it’s not bad for it’s shape and flex but it’s not a great board to be riding around in mid to late day snow on a crowded Saturday. It’s more for busting through a chundery section off piste on a powder day than negotiating end of the day emerging moguls.
Approximate Weight: Not heavy or light. Feels pretty middle ground.
Edge Hold: If you ride in icy conditions the Krypto has amazing edge hold. The grip felt limitless in almost any terrain. As usual with this kind of side cut it felt overly grippy when it came to softer thicker snow but it’s something you get use to.
Flex: This is a slightly softer flex than the old Experience but it’s still not soft…..especially edge to edge. Both boards are very close and I’d say that it’s a little bit stiffer than the XV across the board but especially so in the tip/tail.
Switch: We have all ridden the Krypto switch and it’s not terrible but it’s really different.
Jumps: Decent pop if you are a strong rider and it can ollie off natural terrain well. Very stable for landing big drops.
Jibbing- No fucking way you will get me in the Jib park with this board.
Pipe: I’ve taken this through the pipe on occasion and it feels like I’m taking a big ass slow turning board through a place it shouldn’t go. It holds an edge like a champ but for me it felt sketchy.
2014 Rossignol Krypto
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