|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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I've been riding for 20+ seasons. Have ridden numerous boards over the years. Cuts, sizes, camber, etc. I'd always preferred the solid feel of my trusty ride timeless. However I can officially retire all of my other boards as this is a quiver killer. It cuts like a knife, jut slices up icy terrain, holds an edge on steeps, floats fun on the sugary east coast man made snow, and is an absolute rocket. It doesn't seem to catch an edge on the flats, and just wants to carve hard and run fast. This is the most fun I've EVER had on a board and the conditions were awful. I can't wait to use it in perfect conditions.
Excellent Big Mountain board
Riding 167M with Ride boots 10.5 (Ride boots are more compact that's true).
The Magnetraction is fantastic on ice, doesn't grab in powder.
Board isn't that stiff even if Rossignol are rating it 10
Everything The Good Ride said about this board is true.
Fast, reliable edge hold
Definitely a quiver keeper.
It rides like a Formula 1 race car; super fast on the straights, bites in and makes super tight turns.
This board is all about business. If you want to do some in-your-face aggressive riding it is up for the task.
Float in pow is good, although not as surfy fun or big carvey turns as others such as the Flagship. -But the Flagship doesn't have near the edge hold security as the XV.
If conditions are unknown this is a good default board to grab because it is fun to ride and you can rely on it to handle the nasty or what ever you find.
If it's known wind blown or icy areas in your path, without a doubt this is the go-to stick.
When it comes to needing edge hold and bite it hasn't let me down.
I think I may have found my soul mate. This is the best board I have ever ridden. It is an excellent combination of stability and fun with nuclear edge hold in ice and tons and tons of speed. I'm not an air junkie but this thing pops and lands nicely. The topsheet is also really tasty. I am crazy about this board. I'd be willing to sell all of my other boards at this point without too much regret. Seriously, soul mate material.