Rossignol XV Magtek

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Best For: Aggressive freeriders.

The Test: Rossignol designed the XV Magtek for Frenchman Xavier de Le Rue, one of the world's top big-mountain riders. The board matches the man. The ultrastiff nose, which keeps it rock steady at high speeds and in wide-open terrain, is offset with moderate rocker at the tip and the (relatively) soft, playful tail. The result is a powerful yet malleable feel. Most testers appreciated the way the ­Magtek's serrated edges—look closely and you'll see they have a wavy shape—gave them toothy edge hold at speed and on icy traverses. Others found it too grabby and would have preferred more-forgiving edge-to-edge transitions.

The Verdict: If you're not riding it aggressively, it'll ride you.

Response: 4.5

Versatility: 3

Brand: Rossignol $530

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