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Rossignol Templar Snowboard Review And Buying Advice

Rossignol Templar 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

Past Reviews

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

Size: 158
Days:  4
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 HailBurton SLXNike Lunarendor
Bindings: Burton Cartel,  Flux TTUnion 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.

 




Past Reviews

 

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

Days:10+
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 IonBurton ImperialBurton 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.

 

 

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Very Fun and Easy Board To Ride

Jan 14, 2015 by Clint Eagar
Ability Level: Beginner • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: ? - 15 

Comparing this board to two others I've ridden. A Head rental board which was very easy to turn but had terrible edge control and a Rossi One MagTek which had superb edge control but was way too much board for me.

The Templar is just flexible enough and initiates turns effortlessly, its great on the icy/hard sports, floats great in powder and I feel very confident riding it.

I say TGR's review and ratings are spot on.


Excellent board

Oct 24, 2014 by Dave
Ability Level: Beginner/Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 5-10 

This board was recommended to me by Biesty. Excellent choice my friend! This past season was my 3rd year on the mountain and I had a burton before this with little to no edge hold. I bought the Templar for the 2013 season and it is awesome when it comes to edge hold, turn initiation, and carving. It was a great change mixed with Burton Cartels. For someone still learning and adjusting, this board is a great choice. I highly recommend it for any beginner or intermediate rider.


Apr 15, 2014 by Alex Bernier
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All mountain-park • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20-40 

I bought this board and I have to say that I am in love! I love how it feels carving it's edge hold, it's speed. Everything is great except for it's base is a slight bit fragile and it does have some white on the base so spring riders, you've been warned when it comes to muddy trails! Other than that this board is amazing


GoodRide review is spot on

Mar 19, 2014 by David
Ability Level: Lower Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 25 

I have about 10 days on the 2013 Templar and still love it.. I really just wanted to comment on the accuracy of the review here.. I feel the board is exactly as I expected after reading the reviews:
Good to great in powder. Proper amount of effort to initiate a turn, feels playful, but remains stable at moderate speeds (fast speeds to me). Magnetraction is incredible on the east coast ice, doesn't feel at all catchy.

Overall, I am very impressed with the board, especially with some of the deals flying around, I don't see how you can go wrong.


Love it!

Mar 11, 2014 by Jake
Ability Level: Intermediate/expert • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 75-100 

I bought this board at the beginning of this season to replace a dated Burton that I'd had for years. My first run was night and day different, I was amazed at the edge hold and how poppy it felt! I'm an instructor at an east coast resort so it has been on a variety of conditions ranging from solid ice to slurpee grade slush, and I can't say enough how much I love this board. Put it in the park, and it does that well too! Very nice flexibility for presses but don't think you can't go fast with it! However, I will say that I am on this board A LOT and it shows. Also I'd be a little happier if it was a true twin, but as far as I'm concerned its not that big a deal. Overall I really like the board, it is great for the price! I have recommended it to many people!


Feb 12, 2013 by Velty
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain/Freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 40 

At first sight, soft board for buttering and park games, but when templar gets speed he is like the razor. 100% allmountain board ..


Jan 22, 2013 by Denis
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain/Freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 10 

Just got this board last week and took it for a test drive yesterday. What can I say, the board is amazing, well at least compared to my old Forum board=) Speed is decent(not too fast but not slow at all), turns are super easy, magnetraction is very nice on the icy hills. Took it to the park, and even though its not a freestyle board, it did very well. If you are looking an all mountain/freestyle combo board this is a way to go, especially for this price. BTW i bundled it with Burton Cartels, turned out great.


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Riding Style

All Mountain

Riding Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide

Manufactured in

Taiwan or China

Shape

Twinish

Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber

Stance

Setback -20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Flex

Medium/Soft

Edge Hold

Icy Snow

Powder

Great

Carving

Good

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Good

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Good

Pipe

Great