The Rossignol XV Magtek is a great tapered super tight turning freeride snowboard for those that often see hard conditions but also live for powder. The Rossignol XV Magtek is a shit load of fun and all of us that have tried it love it. It’s hard to believe that a board made for Xavier would be so good for the average Freerider like us as well.
2015 and 2016 Rossignol XV Magtek Snowboard Review
Size: 167 and 163
Conditions: Really good Spring conditions with a little slush in the late afternoon and sometimes a bit hard in the morning. Some loose light rockies snow pushed around exposing really hard snow and some perfectly soft but slightly tracked sierra snow. At the top there was some patches of light (for the sierras) wind blown snow that was about 6″ deep that felt like a powder day.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo, Eli
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Flux DM Flux SF, Union Factory, Union Force,
Set Up: Set back a good bit, 18 front 0 back about 23″ wide both times.
Approx Weight: 6.6lbs
On Snow Feel: The Rossignol XV Magtek snowboard is a very unique board because you just don’t see magnetraction on a tapered freeride snowboard much these days. This is a snappy quick aggressive but forgiving freeride board. It’s a hard snow groomer board as well as a solid powder board. The Rossignol XV Magtek is a stable between the feet in any kind of condition which makes the ride consistent and predictable. It’s also the kind of board that rides a lot smaller than it’s size so don’t’ be intimidated. The 167 I rode felt almost the same as a 156 One Magtek. Ok I’m exaggerating a bit but not as much as you would think. Let’s just say it rides small and quick for it’s size. As you size down the waist width doesn’t get shorter but it does turn faster.
Powder: There is more than an inch or a 3cm set back. Combine that with a taper and the ample rocker in the nose you have a lot of easy float going on. We didn’t really have a real powder day but we did have some Sierra Fluff wind loaded into about 6″ of powder like and a bit of wet to slushy Spring snow. There is a little bit of over grip but it’s much better than the old magnetraction boards and it’s only really felt right between the feet. It doesn’t really grab as much as I initially thought when we first rode it last year. It’s also great for those that have a lot of wind blown steep icy entry points before getting to the powder stashes. You only feel a little bit of a grab in thick snow but not enough to be an issue. It doesn’t effect the way it floats though. In light fluffy powder you might see in places like the Rockies and Utah you wouldn’t even notice. Despite the larger sizing the XV is quick so if you know how to turn you will find this really quick between the trees.
Turn Initiation: The Rossignol XV Magtek turns really quick edge to edge and the board turns much quicker than it’s size so don’t get hung up on sizing down because these run on the larger side. It’s not terrible skidding your turns either. It’s still more a snowboard for those that live to make good quick turns. There is a nice spring out of the turn and it’s really fun to roll over from edge to edge. You can see why Xavier likes this board because that guy puts him self into some scary steep places and If I was doing what he was doing….well….I’d be dead but I’d be in control more than any other board before I die. The Rossignol XV Magtek is the kind of snowboard that can zip in and out of trees or turn when it’s critical in narrow steep terrain.
Carving: The real kicker with the Rossignol XV is the carve. It’s a very unique very tight shorter radius carve. If you lay into it pretty hard it takes you back to surfing. I thought I was back in the 90’s when I use to surf all the time and I was on my 7.0 gun making a hard bottom turn into a double over head almond eye barrel. It did worry me a bit because the turning radius is so tight that Jimbo crashed into me once and almost crashed into me a few more times when he was filming me. It’s really easy to turn back up hill or make a full circle carve. So before you lay into a hard carve make sure there is no one behind you because most people aren’t use to what a small circle you can make with such a big board. There is some taper going on and it can make the board a little washy if you don’t get a lot of weight onto the back foot after you initiate the turn. The MTX really helps grab a lot better than most tapered boards but you can still feel the tail act a little different than the nose.
Speed: It’s very very fast and stable. The Rossignol XV Magtek is fine for a straight line and it’s faster than most boards out there. The Rossignol Krypto actually felt a little more stable but we are splitting hairs on various shades of excellent.
Uneven Terrain: We didn’t really see the kind of bumpy terrain because both days we rode this were flat but it seems like it would hold up well through a mogul field on the way to a powder stash. The Rossignol XV Magtek will also do really well for it’s flex in harder uneven off piste snow.
Edge Hold: In 2015 Rossignol changed up some of their boards MTX with a less aggressive but still very effective MTX. From what I can tell the XV still has the older MTX. If you like tapered surfy freeride snowboards but often see harder conditions then the Rossignol XV Magtek is your snowboard. It’s got great to excellent grip on really hard to icy snow but it also doesn’t grab to hard in thicker powder. It’s not going to be a double ender carve hard off your front foot kind of board in harder snow and the tapered tail can wash out in harder patches if you do so. It’s more the kind of board that you want to have more of a centered to set back surfy carve with a lot of pressure on the back foot. With that said it holds better than almost any other board with this much taper that I have ridden.
Flex: It’s medium/stiff and lively. The tail is softer than the nose so it wheelies pretty well and its easy to snap an ollie off the tail.
All in all the Rossignol XV Magtek is a really different fun snowboard that can make a lot of riders really happy.
2014 Rossignol XV