Rossignol Snowboards has always had its roots in freeriding even if it has had its fair share of big name all-mountain freestylers on the team in the past… Mathieu Crepel, Travis Rice, John Jackson and Chad Otterstrom to name a few. Jeremy Jones and Xavier De Le Rue started something very special when they released the first Magtek Jones Experience which a year later became the Experience. Now about to enter its fifth year of production the Experience has been joined by the Krypto Magtek, a toned down sibling designed for Freeriders who don’t need the ruthless performance of the Experience and prefer something a little easier going and a touch more soulful. For those interested, the Krypto and Experience are joined this year by the Experience binding. Having ridden them, I can vouch that the ex-Cobra binding highback, new contoured straps and canted foot beds make for very comfortable and supportive mid flexing bindings and the gel pads take a bit of the sting out of choppy terrain.
The famous Rossignol One which has changed shape more times than I care to remember also has a little brother this year, the Templar. With a mellower flex and less aggressive five bump Mag edges instead of the usual seven bump Magnetraction, but with the directional twin shape and All-Mountain Amptek hybrid camber of the One Magtek, the Templar is an intermediates dream machine.
On the jib front, the Trickstick returns for another year with its jelly like flex, 80% rocker profile and customisable tips, which can be cut-down with a Jigsaw to any shape. This is the go to board for Jason Dubois, a rider that you might not have heard of, but will definitely hear about over the next 12 months, this kids got every rail trick you can think of on lock and the Trickstick is his weapon for getting the job done!
Next week we put the heat on industry veteran Pat from K2 Snowboards about K2’s 2012/13 line, which includes some treats like the new all-mountain Ultradream with its new Tweekends nose shape and the scary looking jet black Peacekeeper.
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on April 15, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Just demoed the Templar today and the Krypto. Templar is awesome. Along with the YES pick your line, both are my favorites so far. Krypto is a beast of a board, the stiffest board I’ve ever ridden and held an edge like no other, just rails those turns.
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