|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||Taiwan or China|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Rossignol Templar 2019 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Rossignol Templar is a very forgiving easy turning one board quiver for those that often see hard to icy snow. It’s a board that we have owned and ridden extensively in a wide variety of conditions. It could use some more pop when it comes to an ollie or getting spring out of a turn but other than that it provides a very consistent ride that will help beginners or intermediates progress.
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Size: 155 & 158
Days: 10+ and one of our riders (Dave) owned this in the past.
Conditions: Everything from about 1.5′ of powder to some really hard to icy snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), and a few others.
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover, Burton AMB, Burton Almighty, Burton Imperial, Burton Ion
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Cartel, Union Force, Union Contact, Union Contact Pro,
Set Up: 23″-22.5” Centered 15 front -15 back and set back all the way.
Approximate Weight: feels normal.
Flex/Buttering: The flex in the shop is not quite the same as how it will flex on snow. It’s easier to butter on snow and that’s probably because of all the rocker in the board. Almost anyone can butter with this board.
Sizing: The 158 works great for my specs (see James above) and Peters while Jimbo would be much better off with the mid/wide sizes.
On Snow Feel: The Rossignol Templar has a pretty stable feel underfoot but it’s not stable like full camber. It can spin a bit but it’s not like a rocker or hybrid rocker snowboards in terms of being loose underfoot in hard snow. It’s more stable underfoot than those types of camber and it’s very easy to one foot off the chair or flat base with. It provides a very predictable and consistent ride in all conditions that are great for beginners or intermediates. It isn’t a very lively or dynamic board underfoot but it is good for the price point and provides some of the strongest edge hold out there in the industry.
Edge Hold: Yeah there aren’t many other boards out there that can provide the grip that the Rossignol Templar has. The combo of this aggressive Magnetraction combined with the mellow camber between the bindings makes for a really good grip as well as stability. It doesn’t feel as loose as most of the hybrid rocker or continuous rocker boards do underfoot.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge and it’s a very good board for those that need a quick response.
Turning Experience: The minimal camber and overall feel of the board isn’t that lively underfoot and although it does respond quickly edge to edge it doesn’t provide a lot of pop in and out of turns.
Carving: As you can see above, the Rossignol Templar is mostly rocker with only a little camber between the bindings and that really hurries you through a harder carving turn and you really have to keep your weight pressuring towards the center of the board. It’s better than continuous rocker because there is a little something camber wise going on between the feet but it’s far from being anything we would call rewarding in a carve. Because of the amazing grip, you can carve with this board in harder conditions so that’s a plus.
Speed: The base isn’t super fast but the board is pretty damp for this price point. You can pick up decent speed on the hill without the Rossi Templar getting too squirrely on you.
Uneven Terrain: Not a bad board for messy resort snow that you might see on a Saturday afternoon. It can turn around bumps really well or even hammer over smaller bumps without punishing you too much.
Powder: The set back on board with the Rossignol Templar is pretty good at 3.5″ when setting all the way back. That combined with all that rocker there is a good bit of directional float. We like this a little better in powder than we do the One LF and this is reminiscent of the now discontinued Taipan that did such a good job in deep Sierra powder.
Switch: We like the One LF a little better riding switch but the Templar does a pretty good job.
Jumps: Not much pop here when it comes to an ollie and its borderline dead. This is probably the biggest weakness of the Templar and we would love to see it get a little more going on underfoot pop-wise.
Jibbing: Doable for jibs for sure.
Pipe: Great beginner pipe board. It is great for gripping just about any pipe wall no matter how icy and it will give you confidence.
So, all in all, The Rossignol Templar is a good board for those on a budget that often see hard to icy snow but also want to be ready for powder when it happens. It’s a good one board quiver for those on a budget.
Rossignol Templar 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.
The Rossignol Templar 2015-2018 Snowboard 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 setback, 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 the first chair to last.
Switch: Rides switch very well. It’s not the same but when centred it’s very easy to get used 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.
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