Rossignol Taipan 2014 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride
The Rossignol Taipan is a very versatile board and it’s been a long time Good Ride Favorite. Don’t let the price tag pigeon hole you into thinking this is just a low cost beginner/intermediate board. The Taipan is a great entry level board that is forgiving and playful but still has a all the necessary qualities of an all mountain snowboard for even expert riders.
The Rossignol Taipan hasn’t changed much since we have been riding it but it’s still a great board. Each year there are some minor refinements but it still remains the same.
Size: 158 and 156
Conditions: 3+ Feet of good sierra powder to good grromers to hard pack that is more like snowment but not true ice like some places see.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Mary and many others.
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, Nike Zoom Ites, Burton Hail, Burton Ruler, Salomon Synapse
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited, Burton Malavita, Burton Diode, Union Force, Flux DMCC, Flux SF45,Burton Genesis, Union SL, Union Contact Pro and a few others.
Set Up: Centered 22.5-23″ wide 15 front -9 back and 15 front and -15 back. Set back all the way for deep powder, 15 front and -3 back
Years ago when we first tried the Taipan we all did not expect to like the Taipan as much as we did. It out performs many all mountain boards we have ridden in the $500 range. Many companies say almost all of their boards are a peak to park weapon but we rarely say this here at the Good Ride. It’s one of those all mountain do everything boards that does everything well. It’s nothing exceptional in any category but is never disappointing and that is all you can ask for a true all mountain board.
On Snow Feel: Hybrid Camber has many of the qualities of rocker or hybrid rocker but doesn’t have that ultra loose feel like a skate board with no trucks. It’s also easier to one foot off the chair or to flat base on those long cat track runs. It’s the kind of board that allows a stable all mountain ride that performs well (not great) at everything.
Powder: We have had many deep days (some over 3 feet) and the sierra cement we often ride in is very tough on a boards powder qualities. The setback and all around floaty nature of the Taipan made us all not want to trade boards after riding this. This is border line excellent and almost as good as many dedicated pow boards. You can set it all the way back like we did and get floaty/surfy/slashy or you can center the stance and take on the powder switch and regular. Either way it’s a lot of fun. You can’t get much better for a board of this shape and size.
Turn Initiation and Carving- The Taipan can carve! It’s not the best we have ridden but it’s very good. It’s very easy to transition from edge to edge but doesn’t have that overly easy turn back up hill kind of feeling that makes it border line good. We actually prefer this over the super easy feeling we just described. When it’s time to make a wider radius turn the Taipan can hold an edge very well. This is a board that can react to different turning moods rather well.
Speed: This board isn’t going to be seen near a boarder x track but it’s not that bad for it’s flex. We’d say it’s closer to the average side of things but the base is pretty fast and there isn’t too much chatter for it’s soft flex.
Uneven Terrain: It deals with all types of terrain very well and its the kind of board that can make bad conditions a little better. They still suck but they just suck less.
Weight- It’s a medium border line light weight board and isn’t going to hurt on the lift but isn’t super light either.
Edge Hold: There is a very good grip here. In all the conditions we rode in we never felt like we needed more but at the same time it didn’t feel limitless like the Rossignol Onemagtek. We didn’t experience east coast ice and don’t want to but it climbed an icy pipe wall pretty well and handled snowment very well.
Flex: On the medium side of soft overall but stiffer between the feet and really soft at the tip/tail. It makes for a fun board to butter around the mountain if you are in that kind of mood.
Switch: This is a directional twin with a pretty good setback but it still rode switch just like it did regular when we centered up the stance.
Jibbing- Really fun and borderline excellent. We felt comfortable hitting any jib in the park. There are some boards that are better here but it’s not bad if you like to do everything.
Pipe: Really impressive for a board with a flex like this. The grip between the feet is pretty good and we all had fun in the 18′ and 22′ pipes we rode in. Good times.
Jumps: Pretty springy when it comes to an ollie but not at the top of it’s class. Lapping the roller coaster run isn’t bad either. The Taipan is very forgiving so it helps you try something new.
Maybe we are just overly stoked on the Taipan because we new the low price tag when we tried it and expected what you normally get for this price. The bottom line is this is just a fun all around board that gives you a lot more than you would expect for the price. If you truly want to do almost everything and can only afford one board this is a great choice.
2013 Rossignol Taipan
Beginner - Expert
On Snow Feel
User Reviews of the Rossignol Taipan
paid nothing and works better than my super cool lib tech lando phoenix (157 mw).
what i aprreciate the most of this board is that i can reach high speed and feel confident that it won't let me down. Super stable, fast (not fast like the lib tech, but fast enough), resistent. The best board i tried in 15 years.
I love my Taipan!!! Tons of powder this year in CO. and this board rocks in POW. It also excels in almost every category. It is speedy and yet has great pop on jumps. It turns effortlessly and is beautiful to boot. Great All-Mountain Dominator. By the way, did I say I really like this board. A no-brainer board and a" good ride" favorite!
I'm tempted to give it a 4 and would have done 3.5 if that was an option. First board I owned and have bought a number since as I'm still figuring out what works best for me. On the one hand, the board doesn't wow me with any one trait and doesn't excite. On the other, to quote Dudley Moore as Arther, "It doesn't suck." I've had it in a wide variety of snow conditions from ice to good groomers and powder. I had trouble with it in around 1.5 feet of pow but I suspect it was more me than the board. For East Coast, it gets by most of the time although on real ice it can suddenly lose its edge. However, it's generally forgiving and does most things asked of it. I can carve, jump, ride switch, do simple terrain features, and get a little vert in a 18' pipe. It's not a fast board, but fairly stable when I've pushed it. Every once in awhile I decide that I've outgrown it, but when I come back to it, the Taipan handles what I throw at it as if to say, "That's all you've got?" There's a weird duality to it in that regard. Bottom line? I think The Good Ride is on the money. I have the 2011 in a '53 and have considered getting a '56 and losing my other boards.
Bought the 2012 160 cm version of this board in the summer 2013 rode it all year on the east coast. It is the second board I've owned and the 5th I've road extensively. It rides playful and catch free all over the mountain, but when you want it to grab an edge it will, even in the ice that I ride on. Handles ice well, floats on what little "powder" I see just fine, goes off jumps and slides down boxes. I love the hybrid shape and varying flex. The board rarely punishes you for the mistakes you make(especially as a new rider). It is not the fastest board I've rode but it is still pretty quick. My only complaint about the board is the graphic for 2013, the 2012 board is beautiful and is hanging on my wall right now waiting for winter,if I had this 2013 board, it would stay in my basement in it's bag Rossi needs to bring back the design from the 2011 2012 models.
This is my second board. Thank you James for recommendations! I am very happy with this board (Taipan 156 11-12). I'm 179 cm and 65 kg. Turn initiation is easy but it is also great in powder. It also has a lot of pop and forgive my mistakes. It has interesting flex, all board is medium flex, but nose and tail are soft.Base scratches easier then on GNU or Lib tech, but still ok. It looks much better then on the picture. By all characteristics it is better the my previous camber board. Great all around board