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Rossignol One LF Review

Good choice for the price, but there are better options.
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Price:  $500 List | $499.91 at Amazon
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Pros:  Performs great in powder, holds edges well on hardpack, nice price, brand has over 110 years experience,
Cons:  Very heavy, a little loose feeling.
Manufacturer:   Rossignol
By Chris Edmands ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 21, 2017
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RANKED
#9 of 12
  • Edging - 25% 7
  • Float in Powder - 20% 9
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 20% 7
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 7

The Skinny

The Rossignol One is a fun ride that can handle powder like a pro due to its directional shape and early rise nose. Looking down at the base profile of this board from nose to tail might make you think it was left out in the sun to warp, but this shape is fantastic for powder. We also found that the One performed great on edge, though it was less stable than cambered boards and its weight made it less playful than other contenders in our test suite. Both this board and the Lib Tech T Rice Pro weigh the same, which is funny when you consider that the T. Rice is longer and wider. Perhaps it's a testament to how ballistic the materials that make up the One really are. Fun ride, but heavy.

Graphic & Name Update
The One MagTek becomes the One LF (pictured above). All product links will direct you to this new version. For details of what changed, keep reading.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The One MagTek Becomes the One LF


The MagTek received a small makeover for the new season. Here is a summary of what changed:
  • Name — Previously the One MagTek, this board is now called the One LF. The change was implemented in order to promote the "L.I.T.E. Frame" (LF) technology that this board utilizes which integrates a urethane strip around the entire perimeter. Rossignol says that the strip is what helps to deliver full-length shock absorption for enhanced maneuverability, playfulness, and smooth ride control. Again, this technology is not new, it's part of the version we tested also, the manufacturer just wanted to highlight this feature more effectively.
  • Graphics — The new brighter graphics for the One LF can be seen below on the left. The One MagTek that we previously tested is pictured on the right.

Rossignol One Magtek

The review that follows is for the MagTek, as we haven't tested the One LF. Rossignol assured us however that, structurally speaking, the board remains the same.

Hands-On Review of the One MagTek


Rossignol, originally a ski company, has been making snowboards for a very long time — over 100 years– and continues to make great rides. Our tester owned one of the first One Magtek models and didn't really care for it. While it rode okay and the Magne was a really nice addition, it was cambered and tended to sink. The reinvented One Magtek has a really rad early rising nose which puts it on top of the pow, making it a much better option than previous models. We're glad to see they're pushing the R&D.

Rossignol One Mag-Tek Model Detail
Rossignol One Mag-Tek Model Detail

Edging and Carving


Even though its serrated edge bites better in harder snow than a traditional edge, the One Magtek received a score of 7 out of 10 in this category. It has a large sidecut, rendering it less nimble edge to edge, with its weight being felt transitioning in and out of turns. The Lib Tech T Rice Pro scored the only perfect 10 out of 10 in this category, with the Jones Explorer and Burton Flight Attendant trailing closely behind.

Detailing of the edges on the One Magtek.
Detailing of the edges on the One Magtek.

Float in Powder


Yeah, this board does a great job of floating. It's directional, so its nose is longer than say, a twin board. Its rocker makes it buoyant, but the real game changer is the early rise nose. It rises very gradually from close to the front binding, like a surfboard, working with the powder rather than fighting it. 9 out of 10 for float, with the Never Summer Proto Type Two, Arbor Wasteland, and Lib Tech T Rice Pro earning the same score.

Stability at Speed


It's heavy, wide, and has a nice medium flex; all of these characteristics make it pretty darn stable, but not as much as others due to its rocker. Magtek edges, like all serrated edges, feet sort of catchy, reducing stability while flat based. 8 out of 10 for stability ain't all that bad though — just not the best, like the Burton Flight Attendant, which scored the only 10 out of 10 in this metric.

Best Applications


The Rossignol One Magtek is a decent all-around contender, but it's definitely designed to float in powder better than anything else. The serrated edges help while on edge carving, too.

Rossignol One Mag-Tek Base
Rossignol One Mag-Tek Base

Value


At $500, its price tag may be a selling point for you if you're a bit strapped for cash — and that certainly ups the overall value.

Conclusion


A decent all-around performer, but quite heavy compared to the rest. Keep looking, unless you love the Rossignol brand.

Rossignol One Mag-Tek Topsheet
Rossignol One Mag-Tek Topsheet

Other Versions


We tested the Wide version of this board but, if your foot is smaller than size 10, Rossignol offers this board in a standard width.


Chris Edmands