The One MagTek Becomes the One LF
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.