|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10|
|Manufactured in||Taiwan or China|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
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Women's Rossignol After Hours
Rossignol After Hours 2021 Review by The Good Ride
The Rossignol After Hours snowboard is new for the 2021 season. This board has a great mix of feeling like it can handle anything you throw at it, to also feeling light and maneuverable at the same time. It almost feels like an all mountain freestyle board. But you get the benefit of the directional ride and stiffer flex from tip to tail. But it has a softer flex in the waist so you can easily twist the board when you need to.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: Powder, soft snow, great groomers
Boots: Vans Ferra
Bindings: Union Milan
Set Up: 21″ Centered 15 front -15 back
Board Sizing: 145, 149, 153, 156
On Snow Feel: I felt right at home on the After Hours board right away. It felt like riding one of my all mountain freestyle boards. But it was way more stable and hard charging than a lot of those at the same time. It has a stable feel on snow but doesn’t have a super catchy camber feel under foot. The 40% rocker and the softer waist help it to stay just forgiving enough when riding.
Powder: This board rode great in powder for me….but then again it was a 153 so how could someone my size sink in powder when riding a board that big? But this board is super light weight, and it is directional with the option to set it back even more. So it will float nicely, and better than your average all mountain twin board.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I had a lot of fun turning this board on some groomers. It was quick to tun and light under foot giving me confidence to try whatever I wanted even though I was on a board that was way too big for my size. It can hold an edge while carving, has good energy for coming out of turns and was just super fun.
Speed: I felt like it was stable at higher speeds, the 7/10 flex helps it to not get bucky when riding faster. And the camber between the feet help you stay connected to the snow.
Uneven Terrain: Because it is quick to turn and stable it preformed well in uneven terrain and trees.
Edge Hold: The After Hours has a new edge hold technology from Rossignol that is supposed to improve the connection to the snow without being too grabby and aggressive. It is called Lite Grip. I didn’t have any ice to try this on because conditions were great. But I imagine it will be an improved edge hold over a board with no sidecut disruption, but not quite as grippy as some of Rossignol’s other boards on ice like the Frenemy.
Flex: The flex is a 7/10, so it has nice pop and stayed stable at higher speeds. But the waist has a softer flex so you can twist the board with less effort. This helps turning to stay fast and the board to feel maneuverable in tight turning situations.
Switch: It has quite a bit of set back on board, but it still rode switch pretty well. You notice the difference a bit but not like other directional boards with that much set back.
Rails/Jibs: Would do fine for more experienced jibbers or bigger feature jibs, but with the stiffer flex and the bigger nose, it isn’t ideal for jibbing really.
Pipe: I think this board would do well in the pipe. It is stable and quick to turn and has good edge hold and power.
Jumps: Would be fun on jumps, but I think it would excel more on natural features or even backcountry jumps over park jumps.
Overall: If you are an intermediate and up rider looking for an all mountain board that can handle just about anything, the Rossignol After Hours might be a good choice. This board is light, fast, and maneuverable while at the same time being damp at higher speeds and able to ride in powder.
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