The Rossignol One Magtek isn’t outright sexy like some boards out there right now but if you have an open mind you will be very surprised at how well it performs. Its like that nice and normal girl next door but when she’s yours and the doors are closed she blows your mind. You also don’t have to empty your wallet to bed her.
2015 Rossignol One Magtek Review
The Rossignol One Magtek is a board that in the past we found to be one of our favorite hard to icy condition all mountain boards. With the changes in 2015 it’s become more than that.
So the 2015 Rossignol Magtek has a few changes that I’ll briefly highlight.
1. They mellowed out the Magnetraction in the tip and tail area so it doesn’t grab in the softer snow like it use to.
2. The Tip/Tail are blunted.
Size: 159 and 156
Days: 6+ and more coming as I own this board
Conditions: Mainly just good snow with the ocassional afternoon spring conditions.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Mike,
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Nike Lunarendor,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Diode, Union Force, Salomon Defender, Union Travis Rice
Set Up: 22.5-23″ wide, Centered, 15 front -15 back, set back a bit 15 front-6 back
Approximate Weight: 6.6 lbs
On Snow Feel: Same great stable feeling under foot that makes for an easy ride in the flats, one footing off a chair or having to get across a really long flat cat track. It still feels like the One Magtek except the biggest thing is you don’t feel the Magnetraction as much in softer snow which is outstanding. Now its much more of a consistent all condition ride.
Turn Initiation: The 159 felt a little slower edge to edge but it was still fun. The 156 felt snappy and quick for all of us and super fast edge to edge. It’s a really fun board to turn. The 156 felt like the better fit for peter and I (size 8.5 & 9) where Mike and Jimbo (Size 10 & 10.5) liked the 159 better. That puts this board kind of in between Moderate and easy for turn initiation. For Jimbo and Mike the 159 could turn quick but it didn’t dart edge to edge like the 156 did for Peter and I. I think it was because the 156 fit our feet really well and we weigh more than Mike and Jimbo. So if you don’t skid your turns then you can get this to snap quickly edge to edge and it can be very nimble.
Flex: Nice firm flex between the feet but the tip and tail allow you to butter well even though the tail is stiffer. It gives you speed but the ability to slow down and butter when you want.
Edge Hold: Ok so this is the big change. They really mellowed out the MTX as it gets closer to the tip/tail. It’s almost un-noticeable when it reaches the bindings and can really only be seen by looking down the line of the side cut. There is still a pretty pronounced bump in the center. This is still going to handle Ice well but it won’t be as bottomless as it use to be when it had a more pronounced MTX side cut. I actually like it better the way it is now because it can still handle icy conditions and it provides a stable ride there where many hybrid rocker boards become loose but now it is fun to ride in softer conditions. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended this board for people who ride in hard conditions but travel to good places. Now it will be even better when you travel..
Powder: Ok no powder here but we did have some soft to slushy days which give you an idea of how a board will handle in powder. So the slightly blunted nose doesn’t do too much more in powder but it seems to make it better. The biggest thing is the edges don’t get grabby and feel sluggish like they use to. There is a much better improvement here in the ride and all around feel in powder. I’d still like to see a -20 mm set back instead of -15 mm because it would give it just a little more easy surfy directional float.
Carving: Same carver as before that’s not perfect but really fun to lay into a hard carve. There is a nice balance of edge hold and camber to grip the snow and also really spring out of the turn
Speed: Nice and fast for bigger mountains like Mammoth that have long wide open runs (well on weekdays) that can expose a boards weaknesses at speed easily. The base seemed to have a good glide to it as well.
Uneven Terrain: I wouldn’t really like to ride the 159 in end of the day snow but on the 156 I’d be happy to take on a run that is steep and full of moguls. It’s a really good fit for my foot size and I can just snap that so quick edge to edge that it’s great from first chair to last. Also the board isn’t super stiff so it’s not unforgiving.
Switch: Centered up this is easy to ride switch and to me it feels like a directional twin. This isn’t perfect riding switch but it’s something that offers up very easy riding for those that want to learn to ride switch or for those like me that ride centered on a board like this on groomer days but love to set it back on powder days.
Jumps: The One Magtek isn’t among the ultra poppy class but it’s got pretty good spring off the tip and tail. I’d like to see the camber extended to more like 50% or see it rise up a little higher to give a little more spring.
Jibbing: Not an ideal jibber but I’d have no problem taking it through a beginner jib park. Just not much more than that.
Pipe: Outstanding pipe board and I often love taking the 156 out when I plan to ride pipe that day. It’s stable in the flats, forgiving with the rocker in the tip/tail, climbs pipe walls easily and grips very well. It’s the kind of board that make riders of all levels happy. I’d say that probably only the most technical accomplished riders would prefer something with more camber but I think most would like it here.
So all in all the Rossignol One Magtek made some nice improvements to the ride while also keeping all the good qualities it had before.