The Rossignol Retox is an affordable well built board that rides bigger than it’s size and if fun throughout the park.
Conditions: Pretty much all spring conditions that are a little hard in the morning going to slush in the early afternoon and pretty good in between.
Riders: James and Jimbo
Boots: Burton Hail, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Rome 390 Boss
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back approx 23″ wide.
Approximate Weight: Felt normal or maybe a little heavy for it’s size.
On Snow Feel: Like all of the Amptek boards it’s got a nice stable consistent all condition ride that feels very comfortable in the park.
Turn Initiation: A little slower than I expected for the boards size. it felt like it could use bigger feet or I could use a smaller board.
Flex: Nice fun playful freestyle flex that isn’t super easy to butter but still very very doable.
Edge Hold: With the camber terminating at each binding insert it makes for extra pressure between the feet on the snow which is great for edge hold. It’s not an ice specialist but it’s ideal for those who see hard but not icy to soft snow.
Powder: No powder to speak of but it handled slush and thick soft snow well.
Carving: You can actually rail a turn on the Retox but it doesn’t scream carve me carve me. It likes buttering and playing around in the park better.
Speed: You know it rides bigger for it’s size. Does that mean it’s a mountain bomber? Hell no but it can do more than you would think for a park board.
Uneven Terrain: The slower turn initiation made it a little slow between bumps but
Switch: It’s a true twin so super easy each way.
Jumps: It doesn’t pop super well but it’s fine hitting a kicker. I’d like to see it ollie a little higher.
Jibbing: Very good jibber and Jimbo felt really at home in the Jib park on the Retox. I felt pretty good on it too but I’m not as strong of a jibber as Jimbo.
Pipe: If the edges aren’t dull from lot’s of jibbing it’s not bad here. If they are it’s more for when the pipe is soft.
There are some boards in this price range that have extruded bases but the Retox has Rossignols middle end sintered base. It’s not going to keep up on the groomers unless you want to jib around the mountain but it will allow you enough speed for the park.
For 2011 they added their hybrid camber tech which we are big fans of. It makes for a slightly more stable and semi-popy ride. The 2011 is the call over the 2010. The 2013The Retox still rides very similar to the 2011 and it’s still an awesome jib board. 2009 Good Wood Award winner