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This was an easy pick for me. My go to board is the Rossignol Experience. Just look at some video of Xavier Delerue, and it's apparent that this might not be the best board for you're average snowboarder. For the last few years there hasn't been much of a middle ground, but no longer is this the case. With the Krypto you get brilliant shape of the Experience with a milder flex, more suited for mellower, less "balls to the Wall" terrain. This being said, the Krypto still has all the great tech that Rossignol crams into the Experience model. All mountain Amptek keeps the nose out of the snow as you cruise through the trees after a 3 foot dump, while the Magne-Traction edges keep you poor east coasters from washing out as you make wide carves down a big icy run. So for someone not going quite as "hard in the paint" as Xavier, or perhaps on the lighter side and wanting a big mountain shape thats a bit easier to move around, there is finally a board built just for you. Pick yourself up a Krypto and take on the mountain!
I got on this board for a pretty specific purpose. I wanted to have something to ride on those days when I was going to be building a kicker somewhere and wanted a floaty board that I could ride switch on and spin with ease. When I got on the Angus for the first time however, it was hard to get back on any other board. The park board and the big mountain board seemed like more of a hassle most days, and I found myself just wanting to ride the Angus all the time. So what makes the angus so awesome? The all Mountain Amptek allows the board to float as if it was much larger while still providing the pop to really launch off lips and get up onto those rails. Rossignol's all mountain Amptek takes a normally cambered style board and brings the contact points in to the outside of the binding inserts. From there, rocker takes over and gives the board an early rise tip and tail. Carbon-kevlar makes this board a little stiff for the pure jibber but thats not to say you can't have a good time riding some rails and I found that once I adjusted for a little extra stiffness, I was really able to lock down some solid presses. But as advertised this board is truly awesome because you can ride it EVERYWHERE! from side-country pow runs to park laps the Angus will deliver a responsive yet playful ride for the intermediate to advanced rider!
See you on the Mountain
This is my board of choice for most days in the Wasatch. When I want a board that will float no matter how deep it gets, charge no matter how cruddy it gets, and turns on a dime when the lines get tight and sketchy, I'm on the Experience. I've ridden a lot of different boards out there designed for the "big mountain rider" and out of all the new technology being utilized these days The Experience incorporates the traditional with the innovative in a perfect blend. Camber vs Rocker? A board designed for Big mountain riding needs to be able to handle anything. Terrain and snow conditions change as you ascend or descend on the mountain so you need to be able to float in that deep powder as well charge through the 4" layer of crust at mid mountain, then rip the groomer at mach speed back to the parking lot. So how can you do all of these things with one board? Rossignol's answer is MAGTEK. On the Experience, Rossignol has used the all mountain version of this technology. This brings the contact points on a 1mm cambered board to the outside of the binding inserts. From there, both the tip and tail are "rockered" for superior float and easily initiated turns. Even though the tail is rockered on the Experience, the set back stance and long nose makes it a challenging board to ride switch. However it definitely helps for landing the occasional 180. StickyBumps? Magne-Traction along the edges adds 5 additional contact points along each edge to the two that every cambered board has. This allows the board to maintain phenomenal edge hold in even the iciest conditions. The Experience is stiff which makes it the responsive big mountain machine that it is. This, coupled with the 7500 sintered base makes the board incredibly fast and definitely for the experienced rider. The bottom Line: I know that when I'm riding a chute that takes 2 hours to hike up, I want my ride down to be as epic and safe as possible. The Experience lets me drop into tight chutes and tree lines with confidence as well as ripping the deep all day without burning out my legs. Check out the Rossignol Experience Mid-Wide for my review of what you get when you saw one in half! This picture is of last years Rossignol Experience at Snowbird, UT. I'll post some of this year's as soon as we get some snow in the Wasatch.
I ride a 163 as a resort/sidecountry board
I ride the 164 mid-wide Split in the Backcountry
Im 5'10 weigh 175 and wear a 9.5 boot
See you in the mountains,