Alright, here’s the deal… I’ve ridden the Rossignol One Magtek quite a bit over the last few seasons. This past Test Fest, I asked the rep if anything on it has changed other than the noticeably different style of graphics (One Magtek has had pretty mellow graphics up until now). The rep told me it’s the same board so I decided to skip it. Well, the website tells me that the board has a new laminate and it’s livelier now. I’m going to do this review anyway minus that new aspect. Why? Because every season I get a ton of questions about this board. So technically, this isn’t a 2013 review, although that new laminate is the ONLY thing that has changed. By the way, Rossignol’s website (and some retailers’) call this board a Directional Twin in the description, but then says it’s a True Twin in the specs. So which is it? Definitely Directional Twin.
Shape: Directional twin
Bindings: 2011 Flow FSE
Stats: Leo 5’9 180lbs stance at ~23.5″ regs, 18/-12
Conditions: various hardpack, semi-firm groomers and boarder-x course
Hair past mid-stiff. The OM is not soft and there’s no rocker in the middle like other types of hybrids so you won’t get any help there either. The Rossignol One Magtek is stiffer in the tail, but it’s a Directional Twin so you knew already knew that. Torsionally, it is not as stiff, but by no means soft.
The bottom line is, there’s camber between your feet. The OM is nice and springy out of turns/carves and has good predictable pop. More pop in the tail than the nose. Go ahead and ollie full speed, you’ll approve too.
Just no. I mean, Rossignol says you can, but I think they are speaking to advanced park slayers. But then again, what advanced park rat can’t jib with any board? I’m rating the One Magtek too stiff to have fun in the park. If you’re hitting jumps or pipe, then it’s going to rock.
Handling is where the One Magtek really shines. The stiffness makes it real stable, but the OM doesn’t feel dead. Magnetraction as most of us know gives you superb edge hold on any condition. I’ve said this many times, for those of you that find it to bite a bit too much, just give it a complete detuning. The beauty of Magnetraction is that even if you detune the edges, it still grips better than your normal ride. The OM’s edge response is superb and according to Rossignol, it’s thanks to a softer flex underfoot. Whatever it is, it works well. The combination of a softer and rockered nose gives you that easy turn initiation and is going to work great in powder situations.
Pricing: The Rossi One Magtek retails for around $500.
Summing it up:
I know people hate on Rossignol all day long due to the fact that they are so ski focused but the bottom line is, Rossignol makes good snowboards. The Rossignol One Magtek does not disappoint for an all-mountain slayer. It’s plenty fast and stable with a great amount of pop. Toss in Magnetraction and you can ride the hell out of it on just about any terrain. I really would love to get the OM on a big boy’s mountain, but it kills it on groomers too. If you’re an intermediate + all-mountain rider, the OM is a good option no matter how you slice the bread. The only thing that would turn me away is that it’s not the best for freestyle. If you mix a lot of freestyle in with your riding, there are better options.
I picture a Burton Custom X guy looking for something less aggressive and wanting a board with some rocker liking the Rossignol One Magtek.