|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||Taiwan or China|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Rossignol XV 2019 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
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. It’s hard to believe that a board made for Xavier would be so good for the average Freerider like us but somehow it works for both.
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2015-2019 Rossignol XV Snowboard Review
Size: 167 and 163
Days: 20+ and we owned the 163 for 2 seasons.
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 were some patches of light (for the Sierras) windblown snow that was about 6″ deep that felt like a powder day.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Kyle, Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover, Burton Imperial, Burton Ion, Nike Kaiju
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Falcor, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel, Flux DM Flux SF, Union Factory, Union Force,
Set Up: Set back a good bit or close to reference stance. 18 front 0 back, 18 front -6 back anywhere from 22″ to 23″ wide.
Approx Weight: the 163 weighed about 6.6lbs but weight varies from board to board. It felt light though for a 163 and so did the 167 for its size.
Sizing: It’s the kind of board that rides a lot smaller than it’s size so don’t’ be intimidated. The 167 felt great for my specs (me James) and usually, I’m more comfortable with a smaller size. The 163 worked well too but I actually preferred the167 and of the 2 and that would have surprisingly been a better daily driver. It’s long but it doesn’t feel like you are maneuvering a board of that length. It rides smaller on groomers but floats its size in powder.
On Snow Feel: This is a snappy quick aggressive but somewhat 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. If you ride a little back foot heavy this board will for sure work well and be an easy board to cover long flat cat tracks and it’s easy to one foot off the chair for its size.
Powder: There is more than an inch or a 3cm setback. 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 overgrip but it’s much better than the old magnatraction 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 windblown 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 affect the way it floats though. In light fluffy powder, you might see in places like the Rockies and Utah you wouldn’t even notice. With a difference of just a little more than 7.5″ between nose and tail or 3.75″ back on board the Rossignol XV has a lot of directional float going on. This is great for a freeride board like this but when you combine the taper in the tail as well as a good bit of rocker in the nose you have a pretty solid floater in powder. 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 boards 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 himself 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. The 167 I rode felt like it could turn edge to edge almost the same as a 156 One Magtek I was riding at the time. Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit but not as much as you would think. Let’s just say it rides small and quick for its size. As you size down the waist width doesn’t get shorter but both the 163 and 167 turns very quickly.
Turning Experience: Very fun board to turn but you need to keep more weight on the back foot to make sure the edge doesn’t wash out. It’s very slashy too if you want to release the tail on some side hits. It’s a very back foot heavy ride and appeals to people who come from a surfing background.
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 ’90s when I use to surf all the time and I was on my 7.0 gun making a hard bottom turn into a rare double overhead 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. He just wasn’t prepared for how tight the Rossignol XV would turn. It’s really easy to turn back uphill 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 used 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.
Skidded Turns: There is a good bit of camber going on with the XV and combined with the aggressive magnatraction it isn’t the easiest to skid turns but it is far better than a full camber ride. There is some catch to it but its very doable if you get off your game and need to skid through a few turns.
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 its flex in the 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 same super aggressive 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 too 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 it’s 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. We often recommend this to anyone who sees harder snow but wants to be ready for when it gets super deep too.
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Rossignol XV User Reviews
I'm a novice boarder so take this with a grain of salt; although OTOH it's impressive that this board is accessible to someone with only ~15 total days on a board. I like bombing Ice Coast groomers and riding powder when I travel west. Not interested in tricks.
Other boards (like a 159 cm Jibsaw) are enjoyable on freshly groomed runs but tracked out conditions at even moderate speed lead to frustration with chatter. The chatter makes it uncomfortable and dangerous to travel my desired ~ 50 km/h on blue runs.
I recently found a new old stock 2016 XV in 168W for a great price. I wanted the wide because Rossi boards seem to run quite narrow. I set it up with a 23" stance width (one spot out to tip/tail from the reference spots) and +18 -6 binding angles.
This board is a revelation for me at my busy Ice Coast hill. The stiffness and the recommended weight range of 180+ lbs translate into a more stable, confidence-inspiring, and comfortable ride. My first day on this board I got up to 67 km/h! I can't remember feeling physically uncomfortable with chatter the whole day, despite going over many obviously rough patches.
I love magnetraction for not fearing death on the boiler plate and ice!
The discussions about the "washiness" of the tail are accurate. Basically you can put pressure on the tail to have it engaged or lessen the pressure to quickly maneuver the tail around. I seem to naturally be a rear-foot rider (could be my poor novice form!) so this works for me. If you like a locked in tail you probably won't enjoy this board.
The maneuverability of the tail makes steering something that can involve the rear foot, and it made my life easier as a noob who still struggles with toe-to-heel turns on steeper slopes. These quick transitions are really useful but you can just as easily carve on this board.
I'll repeat other's warnings about needing to be on your game with this board. Be awake and focused, and make sure your boots and bindings are properly fastened. If you don't it will feel dangerously unresponsive.
Such a great board for speed, and nimble too! I haven't even had a chance to try it on powder...
Just do it
This Board is a beast. I bought this board without demoing it which is unusual for me, but being that there wasn’t a single bad review on this board, I went ahead and pulled the trigger.
If you plan on going slow, love catwalks, and meandering your way down the mountain, don’t buy this board. It will work you over.
If you want to go fast, slash powder, and rip carves.... BUY this board. Just do it. You won’t be sorry you did.
In regards to sizing this board, go bigger. I usually ride a 155-158, but I bought the 163 due to other reviews and I am glad I did. This board is super nimble and rides a bit shorter. It’s super easy to throw the tail around and manure around trees and obstacles.
Over all, this board is amazing. If you are on the fence about it, just do it. It might take a few rides to get use to it, but you will love it.
Others call it a quiver killer. It is definitely that.
I’ve got a 2015 XV 163 with Flow NX2-GTs and Salomon Boots. I’ve ridden it hard for 4 seasons now. I love at the base of a little hill in upstate New York that is mostly Icy/hard pack. I’ve also run the board in Vermont and Salt Lake quite a few times.
The review is pretty spot on. It’s a board that I bought to replace my 2004 158 Atomic Dreamraider(A freaking carvers dream but a lot of work with ZERO forgiveness and worthless in Pow). What a step up! Effortless turns and solid hold on ice. I love to pop wheelies on it because the tail has so much pop. Also, it doesn’t look like it, and you are set so far back you almost can’t believe it, but I can ride switch on it quite well, and I suck at riding switch! I’m getting to old for the park stuff so I haven’t done a lot of that with it - I have better park boards for that stuff. I can dig deep Ryan Knapton style carves on it, and that’s what really love to do. This thing turns tight - super tight. It floats like a dream in deep Pow too. I absolutely crushed a 2 foot Pow day at Brighton 2 years ago. The board was the envy of everyone that day.
I’d say the biggest drawback for me is the waist width: the board has made me so confident in my deep carves that I’m constantly dragging heel and toe, and booting all the way out a times. I’ve considered picking up a newer 164 wide - that brings the waist width from 25 to 26.4. Even then, I’m not sure it’s enough. I’ve actually been thinking about adding a wide Donek custom for my carve board and keeping the XV for the really icy days or out west for Pow. I don’t think I can ever not own an XV - it’s just the best do everything board for what I do.
XV for the win!
Pulled the trigger on a 163 XV after finding my 158 Arbor Coda (Rocker) too wishy-washy at speed and on edge. I am built like an athletic rain barrel and needed a board that could keep pace.
- Charges incredibly well through crud if you stay light and let it do the work; worth every penny in this regard
- Holds an edge well on icy groomers near the bottom of the hill
- Softer tail lets you still surf through pow
- Even at 163 the board maneuvers through trees and bump runs like a 156
- It's gorgeous!
- Not a first timer board for inexperienced riders
- This board will kick your ass if you are tired/hungover/inexperienced/unfocused or all of the above
I think this is a great option for riders that have cut their teeth on a couple different boards before establishing their true riding style/preference.
168W continued review...
This is a continued/updated review from 2 down. 168W. So I switched bindings from the Genesis X (supposedly med/fast response) to the Rossi XV Bindings (also supposedly med/fast response). All of a sudden this board went from fun edge to edge to FAST edge to edge. I can't believe how much better this board turns with the bindings that are made to be paired with it. It is still awful on cat tracks due to the Magnetraction, but that is the trade off you have to make if you want this level of edge hold on steep rock faces. I just rode Snowbird where it dumped 26" in 48 hours. Traversing the cirque on this board was a piece of cake. If you're not familiar with the cirque, it's a tight rolling/rocky wind blown knife edge that gets you access to the best extreme terrain at Snowbird. It made that 'pitched traverse' a piece of cake. Then once you make the drop onto anything expert level terrain, the board kicks ass. Another note: I can't imagine a better board for plowing over and through uneven snow. It's so stable, I would say TGR should consider upping their ranking on uneven snow from Good to Excellent. If you're considering the XV Magtek board, do yourself a favor and buy the Rossi XV bindings. This board needs a FAST/responsive bindings to dial it in and once you're dialed in it's insane.
Believe the hype
I finally got 3 days on it in a mix of late-season, mostly great New England conditions. It's my first new board since riding the same Burton Baron 167 for 16 years, so I admittedly don't have much to compare it to but yo..
this board is sick. It is fast, fast, fast. If you point it and get your weight over it, it is just out. and so stable. and the grip... I found that I could let it do the hard work for me, no gritted teeth or having to really dig in on fast turns. I had tons of fun in the trees with lots of snow but very thin cover in spots and the base and edges held up nicely.
I'm totally stoked I finally pulled the trigger and got it. Thanks to Biesty for helping me make the right call.
XV Magtek 168W
High Speeds/Wide Open runs only. This board responds to speed and steeps (think Xavier) and is not a board for traversing to find the next pow field or running through tight trees. You have to lean forward and go fast to get this board to respond, otherwise it gets cranky and feels sluggish with the mag tech. I've taken it on hard pack, trees, steeps, heli-boarding and can say it's a great quiver board but there is a reason Xav came out with the Sushi as his pow/tree board.
The XV is awesome!
I ride the 168W XV and it is a machine. If you like riding fast, carving and getting massive float in powder this board is for you. I've been riding for 31 years and it's the best big mountain board I've ever owned. It charges and floats like a 70's Cadillac even in chop and chunder. When you get in the trees it's quick enough to have lot's fun. This board is super stable at high speeds and I've never felt more comfortable dropping cliffs than on this deck as the nose won't buckle when landing fast.
Word of warning. I recommend you have strong legs if you are going to ride this board as it likes power.
Wow. This board did not disappoint. I went with the 164 W and pu Ride Capo bindings. Absolutely no speed chatter at all. The edge feels like it is stuck. Haven’t tried it in powder yet, but super excited. Great board to have to keep up with friends on skis.
Great board to for balls to the wall on-piste speed. It cuts through the east coast chop and ice like a champ. I went with the 159 as I was worried about my short height. It rides shorter. 163 would be fine. But it NEEDS to be driven. Not a board for a relaxing day playing around. It’s meant for speed. It won’t disappoint.