The Rossignol Templar is a really solid entry level board that also allows you to progress for a while before you need to upgrade. It’s kind of like the offspring of the Rossignol One Magtek and Rossignol Taipan. It’s got a very consistent ride in almost all conditions which is invaluable as a beginner.
2015 and 2016 Rossignol Templar Review
Conditions: Pretty much always good sierra snow with the occasional afternoon that got a little slushy. One day we had a little harder snow in some places.
Riders: James, Peter, Mike, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton SLX, Nike Lunarendor
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Flux TT, Union Force, Salomon Hologram,
Set Up: Approximately 23″ wide on all days. Centered or set back 15 front -15 back some days and 15 front -6 on others.
Approximate Weight: Felt normal. Usually cheaper boards can sometimes feel heavier but this didn’t.
On Snow Feel: Here is what makes this such a good entry level board. It’s got a very stable feel between the feet in all conditions from ice to powder. It’s nothing special in terms of personality but it’s always the same board. That is really important for those who are trying to learn or get to the next level.
Turn Initiation: The Templar is very quick and easy edge to edge.
Flex: It’s a very mid level flex that seems a little softer at the tip/tail. It’s a very easy board to butter.
Edge Hold: Very solid edge hold. It didn’t seem to grab as much as it did in the past in soft snow but still feels like it held an edge really well in the harder snow we encountered.
Powder: Now we haven’t had powder but it’s got almost the same set back, camber profile and shape as the Taipan and it should give an amazing surfy float when it gets deep when it’s set all the way back. It’s also got a lot of rocker in the tip/tail so you can ride it centered if you want to go that way as well.
Carving: The edge hold is there but it needs more camber to be a special carver. It can carve but we’d rather be on the One Magtek when it comes laying out hard carves. It feels a little stiffer and more lively.
Speed: Not a bomber but fine on longer open runs without getting too chattery. The base holds it’s speed well on long flat cat tracks though.
Uneven Terrain: A very good board from first chair to last.
Switch: Rides switch very well. It’s not the same but when cented it’s very easy to get use to.
Jumps: Not super springy. It’s not dead but it’s not super poppy as well.
Jibbing: Jibbing is doable for sure. It’s not the easiest but it’s fine if you want to stop in the jib park.
Pipe: Now this isn’t special in the pipe like the One Magtek but it’s got perfect grip for pipe and if you are learning here it’s about as easy as it gets. It’s super stable too.
So every year it’s been a toss up between the Taipan and the Templar but I think we all had a little more fun riding the Templar this year over the Taipan. Both are still great boards so it really comes down to personal preference.
2014 – 2013 Rossignol Templar Review
The Templar is similar in shape and camber as the Rossignol Taipan.
Not much has changed from 2013 to 2014. Same great beginner intermediate board. It feels softer to us than the Taipan and it also has a 5 point magnetraction that holds an edge better than most 7 point magnetraction boards. The stability between the feet and excellent edge hold offers one of the best rides for beginner or intermediate all mountain to freeriders. Advanced to Expert riders might prefer the Taipan or One Magtek instead.
Size: 155 and 158
Conditions: Hard snow to some good groomers and a little less than 1 foot of thicker costal powder
Riders: James, Peter, Dave, Dylan
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton Imperial, Burton Ruler
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Union Contact
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back. 22.5″ Wide Set back 15 front -3 back.
The Rossignol Templar is kind of soft and possibly the best all mountain beginner board out there. Especially if you ride in harder conditions.
On Snow Feel: It’s a mellow cruise the mountain type of board that is stable between the feet. Very easy to one foot off the chair and very easy to flat base compared to many boards that have rocker between the feet. The Templar
Edge Hold: This is a 5 point magnetraction instead of a 7 point Magnetraction but it works better than many 7 point magnetraction boards we have ridden. It’s the kind of confidence inspiring edge hold that I personally feel all beginner to intermediate riders should have when learning.
Powder: Not bad for a powder board. It has that same surfy feel that the Taipan can have when you set the stance back. This floats really well.
Speed: There is chatter here when you pick up speed. Not sure if the production model will be a bit stiffer but we’d like to see this. Most advanced to expert riders might be a little disappointed with the chatter.
Uneven Terrain: It works over small bumps and it’s easy to work around bigger bumps. It’s a very good all terrain kind of ride…as long as the speeds are on the slower side of things.
Turn Initiation– So easy to turn and has that effortless feeling that many people love. One thing we noticed is the ride can be a little squirelly/loose between the feet like a hybrid rocker board can be.
Carving– It’s fun to a carve for such a soft board. It’s no One Magtek but it holds no matter how much you lean into it. It’s great to learn how to carve in less than ideal conditions.
Flex: Soft but we’d like to see it more on the Medium side instead. It would make this board more like the Taipan for east coast or other icy places. Still it’s very easy to butter and press.
Switch:It feels more directional than a directional twin but it’s not bad we felt is was border line excellent riding switch.
Pipe: Great Pipe board. If you are looking to learn the pipe then this could be the call. It’s forgiving and really fun to ride but if you are a more advanced pipe rider the only thing you might appreciate is the excellent edge hold.
Jibbing– The soft flex is really really easy to jib and butter around on. You could de-tune the edges and have a pretty good time sliding across things.
Jumps: Not terribly poppy but not completely lifeless. Forgiving on jumps but not one of those boards that give you more air than the jumps already give. A great entry level jump board.
We just happened to have a friend join us who was an athletic beginner and this just blew his mind compared to the other boards he was riding. It boosted his confidence and you could see a noticeable improvement in his riding after switching to this board. After this I put a few other begginer riders on this board and it changed their game as well. Dave, a rider and one of the designers from the site owns this board as well as the Rome Tour and loves them both.