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The right tool for those with stones of steel.

When big-mountain rider Xavier de la Rue rips massive lines on his way to Freeride World Tour Championships (that's plural), he does it on the Rossignol Experience Magtek Snowboard. Made to shred the steeps, the Experience gives the advanced to expert rider the tools he needs to take on a challenge. The AmpTek all-mountain camber, directional shape, and Magne-Traction sidecut give you an unbeatable combination of stability, control, response, and explosive pop that will take you to the next level and beyond.

  • Amptek All-Mountain camber increases pop and edge control with 1.5mm camber between the bindings, while .5mm rocker at the tip and tail ensures smoother landings, better float in powder, and easier nose/tail presses
  • Magne-Traction serrated edges offer seven points of contact to ensure vice-like grip in any snow conditions
  • Multi-material TH Core engineers features carbon and KEVLAR® fibers for increased snap, pop and durability
  • Dual torsion box construction delivers extreme torsional rigidity so you can have your way with the mountain
  • UHMW 7500 sintered base is basically as fast as a base can get

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2011 experience

2011 experience

8 years riding
6'2 175lbs
2011 Rossi Experience 163
Burton diodes
Nike Kaiju boots

Breckenridge CO
34 degrees and sunny .
Nothing open but blue/green groomers(Breck is flat....It's ridiculous. A blue at breck is a green in Utah or Tahoe)

I've owned alot of "big mountain" boards over the years - Rome Design, t6, Billy goat, Jones flagship blah blah.
I learned today that for the most part they are glorified groomer boards for the masses and the Rossi is the first legit Big mountain deck I've been on.

It's a big mountain gun designed by Jeremy Jones for shit-your-pants off piste lines/hike to/ Jackson/snowbird/squaw and rides as one would guess.

The Flex is ridiculously stiff and also stiff torsionally. --- Hello carbon strips from binding to binding.
It makes my Billy goat and t6 feel like noodles.
The stiff flex makes the board a chore to turn even with diodes --- I can't imagine low end mush bindings on this deck.

Unlike my Billy goat which likes to turn, the Experience just wants to track straight and there is no speed limit.
Skiers, boarders, ferraris-- whatever, whoever.

All lost in your vapor trail.

At low speeds the board is lost and really starts to shine when you push it.

It's so damp you can probably run over a small child and not feel it.
Dampening is crazy - I think rossi uses some torsion box tech.. Who knows.

The Rockered nose is softer, but I never felt any floppy chatter that other reviewers had mentioned.
It cleanly tracks over chunder/crud/slop.

It's smooth and fast. You can hit face melting speed with complete confidence on any terrain.

The base is average speed. I waxed it once before taking it out and was pissed because my girlfriend passed me on a Cat Track on her Burton(I'll be waxing again tonight) - IMO Burton bases are extremely fast.

The Mtx is super aggressive - even more aggressive than the early Trice's from a few years ago.
You could probably hold an edge on granite--- Again, you're Jeremy Jones on a 60 degree face, you need your shit to hold.
The downside of this is the mtx is sometimes catchy when trying to rip a long groomer carve.
(I took a pic of the edges)

No problem riding switch either. It's smooth and predicable.
Hit a few rollers and all landings stomped cleanly.

We have no snow here yet, but Imagine it's a powder slayer. Clearly it's not an everyday ride for most.

All in all, it's an amazing board that I'm on the fence as to whether I can bring out it's true potential.

No doubt I'm going to use it on non groomed days I'm riding with skiers, hiking, wide open bowls on the backside of Vail + trips to Snowbird and Jackson later this year.

5 5

Big Mountain Bliss

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,

Big Mountain Bliss
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Great review.
Board purchased.

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how did this board work out to split? Do you lose much of the stiffness when cutting it in half? and is there a strip of material running the center of the board length that means you didn't have to seal the center cut?

5 5

experience the experience

killer board. shredablity all over the hill. i love this piece of material awesome big mountain board. took this thing up hikeboarding and didnt get stuck once she is so freakin nuts in the pow that it scares me, but I cant get enough of her, she reminds me of my wifey...