Strap in and point it.

Xavier de la Rue isn't exactly your average snowboarder. The French big mountain madman has made a name for himself bombing mind blowing lines in unforgiving terrain, so it's no surprise that his Rossignol XV Magtek pro model snowboard is such a purpose built freeride assault vehicle. With a big, stiff, rockered nose, the XV mows through crud, chop, and of course, blower powder without even thinking about folding. The softer tail makes for a surfy turn feel that keeps the ride responsive. The medium-wide waist widths and open radius sidecut point to its high speed focus. If your idea of fun is hitting the gas when everyone else is backing off, this is your ride.

Rossignol's AmpTek All-Mountain profile puts camber between your feet, for aggressive turns, and blends it with a rockered tip and tail effortless float in the deep stuff. Seven bump Magne-Traction, licensed from Mervin MFG, gives you wall-crawling grip for icy traverses and critical moves. While most freeride boards have a stiffer tail, the XV's nose is considerably stiffer than the tail, which allows you to lean into the front of the board and drive it through just about anything with no worries of it folding and ejecting you over the handlebars. The CFB2 core puts two strips of eco-friendly basalt just inside the edges, for improved power transfer and better edging in firm snow. Tip roller removes any excess material from the ends of the board, making it more responsive. It doesn't come with a throttle, but the super-fast sintered base is the next best thing.

  • Xavier de la Rue signature model
  • AmpTek All-Mountain profile (camber under feet, rockered tip and tail)
  • Directional shape
  • Stiff flex
  • Mellow 7x Magne-Traction
  • THC CBF2 core
  • Tip Roller tip and tail construction
  • Sintered base

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3 5

The best for pow, but that's it.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This board has a very weird design made for deep powder and gunning down mountains at unsafe speeds. Well, today I was finally able to ride it with the base waxed to my standards and after a day of figuring out how to ride it (I had to change my stance and balance to get it to ride right).

Holy hell! This thing is stupid fast. The front has a really early rise yet it's stiff and the tail is very flexy, so when you point it down hill you only have about 40% of the deck touching snow, and the tail doesn't catch. This thing is freaking unstoppable.

I also took this deck out on an 11"+ powder day. It is heaven on powder. Feel free to lean forward into the snow. this thing won't sink. Feel free to slash. This thing is extremely nimble in deep powder and the tail never (never) catches. There is some weird voodoo in that tail. It is the best powder board I have ever ridden, and I demo a lot of decks every season.

So why the three stars? As good as this board is on powder and straight lines, it is as bad on flats and hard pack carving. For some reason it is very difficult to stay on edge in a cat walk or even stay straight. It tends to drift sideways like if the deck had a pivot point in the middle. Very strange.

I would definitely classify this as a fantastic single purpose (pow) board and you should definitely buy bigger than you are used to. I normally ride a 158, bought the XV in 163 and I really feel that I could have easily gone a size longer.

1 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just got back from a trip to Silverton. When I finished for the day I noticed a large core shot in base. I didn't remember hitting anything. Brought it to my local shop to get it base welded. They tell me they have never seen a thinner poly layer before and that he has had two other Rossi XV mag tech boards in the shop with the same issue. Seems like you hit anything and you are going to expose the core. This is supposed to be Xavier De La Rue board, the monster a dropping hard core terrain but this board can't even handle a minor hit from a rock or tree branch. Such a bummer when I spent so much money on a board that is supposed to be able to handle abuse. I want to return it but I do not think this is Backcountry's fault but rather poor construction by Rossignol. If I was backcountry I would be asking questions. I guess I will not be buying any Rossi products anytime soon...

Size Question...
Male, 170lbs, currently...

Size Question...
Male, 170lbs, currently riding Burton SupermodelX 160cms( away to replace) and a Rossignol Krypto 159cm. Do i go for the 159cm or the 163cm?

Best Answer Responded on

Go with the 163, the size is deceptive because of the directional shape, its got a lot of nose and shorter tail. I rode demod the 163 and went with the 167. you'll be stoked with the board for sure

4 5

Not for everyone

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a follow up from my last review. This board is fast, and very stable at high speed. It has one speed, fast. Point it down hill and hold on. This board does not maneuver well at slow speed which makes it hard in tight spots. It is extremely stiff which makes it hard to initiate the turn unless you are hauling ass. The mag tech gives you insane edge hold, you could carve an edge threw blue ice. However it is too much hold on your normal packed powder days. Also not a board for moguls.

My opinion is that this board is well built, solid, very stable at high speed, and has insane edge control. It has great dampening, and powers through the chop with ease. However the board is difficult to initiate turns at normal or slow speeds which makes it challenging in tight spots like trees or chutes.. The edge hold is insane and overkill for most conditions, which can slow the speed at which you can switch from edge to edge. The stiffness makes the board unforgiving and painful in the moguls.

This board is only for the best riders and even then if you are not riding steep technical, icy lines where you need the extra edge hold it is too much.

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am 6'2" and weigh 165. I have 20+ years of riding and consider my self an expert. I ride all mountain moguls,trees,steeps, backcountry, everything except park. My set up is the 158 with Rome Tagara bindings and Burton driver boots. I am goofy and used the standard set back for the board. I ride +15 and . -9 with a 2.0 canter.
I tried it at Loveland ski area in Colorado where we had 3-4" of new snow on top of packed powder. There was a lot of wind blow which made for variable conditions.

The board is not for everyone, it is super stiff, and hard to initiate turns. It seemed slow to respond in tight spots like the trees and took a lot of effort. Due to the stiffness I could not tail slash my turns like I am used to. This is my first experience with rocker camber hybrid tech and I felt like it was squirrelly at times. It seemed it had a mind of its own, however it just might take some getting used to.

The board likes to be pointed downhill and seemed to cut through the variable conditions. It has great dampening. The board is very fast and may be too fast for some. The sidecut angle seems to make wider turns than I prefer. For a stiff board it still had good pop.

I am still undecided and will continue to ride this a few more times. I will report back once I have gotten a few more days.

Responded on

I've found I had to break away from my normal stance with this board. I went with a more "alpine" forward angle from +15 to +25 and from back foot -15 to 0. This helped me feel more in control of the board while turning. Its a machine of a board that takes some getting used to.

Responded on

I have been thinking about a more aggressive stance, I will try it, however the more I ride it the more in control I get. I actually went with a smaller 159 board thinking it was stiffer then I am used to. Maybe the 163 would of been a better choice... I am heading to Silverton this weekend to try it on a real mountain. Should be a good test.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love to just point it and this board is built for high speeds and steep terrain. You can't go wrong if you want a steep mountain slayer!

XV slaying it in Jackson

XV slaying it in Jackson

This board is pretty much amazing, can handle terrain and conditions like nothing else out there.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of these was in the test\demo shop at crystal and I got to ride it a bit before acquiring my own in a split.
So the 163cm solid and the 167 split, both handle about the same
This is the fastest board you will ever ride.... Within your own abilities.
Amazing edge hold! Ice, groom, crud. The mag (amptek?) on this board is aggressive, but not grabby.
Nice camber between the feet, with a longer, stiffer nose and rockered tail. It surfs pow (light and heavy)
The stiff nose can smash through anything.. well anything made to be smashed through. (not your roomates door or ex's car window)
I've rode the last 3 versions of this board by Rossi and this one hands down is the best one yet. Probably best freeride board of the year. Hands down.

Responded on

So I'm about 180 lbs and ride very aggressively. The solid 163 has more life to it than the split. Charges just as hard.

Rossignol XV Magtek Snowboard

Responded on

I am 5'10" (174lbs) and use boots size US 10.5 and wondering if I should get the 163 with waist width 25.5cm or the 164MW with waist with of 26.4cm?