Snowboard Iskola

Board: Rossignol Retox

Size: 156

Camber Option: Camber. Good old fashioned camber.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, low to moderate winds, cooler temps, creamy perfect groomers, soft slush on the lower mountain, firm and crappy chunder on the top.

Flex: The overall flex of this board comes in just below a middle of the road. You have more play in the tips then stiffer through the mid section with a fair amount of torsional give to it. I know, nothing mind blowing to say the least, but it gets the job done.

Stability: The mid section of this board is the most stable while the tips have more play and can get chattery at speeds. In really rutted out terrain you can get bucked around with this thing.

Ollies: Having traditional camber gives this board it’s snap that’s for sure. You do have to load the camber to get it to engage and while it’s more mellow than most boards it’s still slightly reactive so there’s a little fight when you push into it. This board is great for hitting sidehits, cat track gaps, and speed ollieing off rollers.

Pop On Jumps: I’ve ridden this board enough to know it can handle small and medium jumps with ease. Even with there being a questionable jump this year at the Basin it still would get the job done and pop off the lip with relative ease.

Butterability: The tips are super playful and the sweet spot at the contact points is immense and really locks in to a butter. You get some fight from the camber meaning that it will pop out of the press with relative ease. Overall if you know how to butter you’re fine, if you don’t, time to learn how to do more than leaning back on a snowboard.

Jibbing: This board is fully at home on rails and features. It locks into nose/tail presses and holds till the end of the feature then the camber section takes over and gives you snap. When you get sideways it just bends right around the feature and feels locked in.

Carving: This board is quick edge to edge with a very fluid transition from toe to heel. When you want to crank this board on edge you can and really drive into the center of the board without worrying that it will wash out. That’s one of the nice things about this board. It locks in and feels secure on edge. Whether doing short tight quick carves, medium drawn out ones, or the occasional deep Euro-carve this board is solid.

Rider in Mind: Budget conscious park rider.

Personal Thoughts: I’ve ridden this board enough to know it’s solid every time I get on it. There’s no surprises it does what you need it to do and that’s it. It has a decent sidecut, does well buttering, and has snap where you need it. This is a sleeper solid park board.

Comparable Boards: Rome Gangplank, Ride Kink, K2 World Peace

Binding Recommendations: Rome Vice, Now Brigade, Burton Malavita