|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||China or Taiwan|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Rossignol Krypto 2016 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
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.
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A hot knife for spring conditions
I'll start by saying that I absolutely *love* this board. For someone who spends their winter days dreaming of hitting hard carves at very high speeds, this is a phenomenal stick to own. Don't expect to take it to the park, and be ready to commit like hell if you want to hold a tail or nose press. This board is pretty darn stiff, with great snappy response and excellent high speed stability.
The edges on this board are insane. My first outing was quite a shock. The snow was fairly soft and I wasn't ready for the magnetraction edges... my first couple turns, the board felt like it was DIVING into the snow. While it's fairly good in powder due to a bit of a setback stance, it takes some getting used to for any conditions that people would typically associate as "good". The edges can be a little touchy if you're not riding hard pack, but it only takes a day or so to figure it out.
Where I feel this board really excels is in spring conditions. Some people prefer powder days, but I love that heavy, damp hard pack. The unique edges on this board combined with the stiffness allow you to really commit hard in the kind of snow you can dig your edge on without concern that you'll "plow out". I love riding this board in Colorado... I only wish that I had owned one 20 years ago when I was growing up in the east. It would be a dream for eastern conditions.
I will say that this board made me a little *too* confident last year. On a particularly icy day, I was convinced that this board could still handle it... and I was right, save one run. I hit a patch of SOLID ice in full commit on a hard carve. At the apex of the turn, I lost edge and slammed my tailbone. Had a nice purple bruise for the next few weeks. But my point is that I'd never have gotten that aggressive on any other board I've owned in my 20 years of riding. I usually back off a little on ice days and save my butt for better conditions. This board inspires that kind of confidence even in terrible conditions.
Sizing for me was perfect - 6'/165 with sz 12 shoe. I went with standard width, 163cm length. I set my bindings both steep forward +22/+15. If you like a flatter stance and have big feet, you might consider the mid-wide. Pair it with some good stiff bindings and you're good to go!
A cornering demon, and eats up chunder and pow!
I've been boarding a long time and have always gravitated towards bigger boards that can handle pow, yet not let me down when the going gets tight in the trees. I'm not into groomers, and use them to get to the fun snow in between runs. The Goodride guy's video reviews are spot on for this board. One GR reviewer mentioned it's a bit of a handful in the trees, but I've not noticed any hindrance - if you know how to board, you'll love it in the trees, especially if it's fresh n' deep. My favorite thing is to get into the trees n' powder, so if this board sucked in that, you'd definitely hear me complain loudly! The board really makes you feel like you could roll over anything - chunder, chunk, etc. it laughs at it (or was it me who was laughing?). One aspect that truly surprised me was how tenaciously the edge will hold on questionable snow/ice. I've never ridden a board that grips so well - yet it doesn't make turning/transitioning a grabby affair - well sorted out. The GR guys mention in a video how stable it is bombing groomers - I tested this out and was astounded. My previous board (burton malolo) was a bit skatey at higher speeds - it lacked edge hold too, so I never really 'went there'. This board feels like a MotoGP bike at full throttle - I never thought groomers could be so fun (this stable speed & edge grip is an intoxicating combo). Sure, this is not a board that you'll want to hit the half pipe on, but for blasting around, getting off trail, and feeling invincible on the mountain are where you're at, this board is hard to beat. I'm clearly smitten! I have the Mid-wide version, since my 10.5 boots were old school moon boot size. I've gotten new boots this year and they're considerably smaller, so toe/heel drag issues are negligible. If you're on the fence regarding getting the MW version or the standard version, you might be fine with the standard width board via the new small size boots out these days. Still, the MW ain't that wide, not anywhere near like a true wide/pow board. You'll be fine with either.