8 years riding
2011 Rossi Experience 163
Nike Kaiju boots
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.