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Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012

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Awards from Transworld are building up and the sick, smooth ride of the Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard proves it. Designed with versatility in mind, the Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard features the AmpTek All-Mountain camber giving you the freedom to rip the hardpack on one run, and slash the pow on the next without sacrificing an ounce of performance.

Product Details

Rocker Type

AmpTek All-Mountain 60% rocker / 40% camber for more control and stability. Patented AmpTek technology integrates reversed camber tips into a regular cambered board (between the feet), extending the sidecut radius to go all the way to the tip kicks so that this camber-to-reversed-camber construction guarantees faster transitions, more pop, smoother landings, increased floatation, more grip, more edge pressure and more control. AmpTek All Mountain tech is especially nimble in the powder.

Designed for intermediate to advanced riders, there is nowhere that this board can’t take you. The AmpTek All-Mountain camber will have you floatin’ in the pow and shreddin’ everywhere else.

Flex

Flex Rating – 6 (1 Soft – 10 Stiff)

Construction and Core

The Wood 6420 core features 6420 cross-weave fiberglass wrapped around a vertically laminated wood core that gives you durability and performance without breaking the bank.

The deep progressive radius gets progressively longer as you move towards the nose, but it is centered and very short between the feet for instant reactivity and a consistent feel when riding switch.

Shape

Directional Twin for smooth carving and effortless pow runs

Sidewalls, Edges and Base

Magne-Traction maximizes the edge pressure between the feet so you can ride with more control and stability in the gnarliest conditions

Sintered 440 base

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain More 
  • Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber/Rocker More 
  • Flex Rating: Stiff More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Edge Tech: Magne-Traction
  • Snowboard Awards: Transworld Snowboarding Good Wood
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Size (cm) 158
Effective Edge (mm) 1120
Tip Width (mm) 301.8
Waist Width (mm) 260
Tail Width (mm) 301.8
Sidecut Radius (m) 8.1
Stance Setback (mm) 20
Stance Range (in) 20.3-25
Stance Range (mm) 52-64
Width Mid-Wide

Reviews

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Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Carving ability (7)
  • Lots of pop (6)
  • Fast (5)
  • Smooth stability (5)
  • Well balanced (5)

Cons

  • Dings easily (3)

Best Uses

  • All mountain (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (9), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

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5.0

Enter Tha Taipan :-)

By 

from Vancouver

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Carving Ability
  • Fast
  • Good Flexibility
  • Lightweight
  • Lots Of Pop
  • Smooth Stability
  • Tough
  • Well Balanced

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Mountain
    • Freeriding
    • Park
    • Powder
    • Speed
    • Tricks

    Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

    Awesome ride just enough of what u need and nothing you don't this board rules the roost light lots of pop, easy down the groomers n crud and fast to charge yet so nimble to turn on a dime.. Go get this board no regrets sweet graphics... My gf hates the graphics so I know it's cuuul lol have fun ride hard !

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Oh hydroelectric power facility

    By 

    from Stevens Pass, WA

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Carving Ability
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Smooth Stability

    Cons

    • Dings Easily

    Best Uses

    • All Mountain

    Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

    Good Snowboard

    Hello Prospecting Snowboarder! If you are a gaper that likes to look at pretty pictures of boards and factors only that decision, WHELL this board has you covered. This beautiful craft of wood and plastic looks like it could be hung up on a wall, and some of the graphics are light sensitive, so the board looks fresh in both god's gloriously natural light and man's oppressively artificial light.

    But here is the kicker: This thing can RIDE. No foolin. I've not been riding long - 3 to 4 years under my weak fabric belt - but this thing has changed snowboarding for me. Before that I was packing a doody ash "Hyperlite" from the 90s that did nothing but bring me down the hill and back. Snapped in half that poor arrow, RIP.

    ANYWHEY, this board - for all intents and purposes - is a major improvement over anything else i've ridden. A real dream made of dreams in lands of dreaminesses.

    * Before i was taking on the groomers like any other normal snowboarder, after i was walking past the "SKI PASS LIMIT" signs in clear search for the glorious invention known as washington state powder.

    * Before i was taking off from moguls and the occasional knuckle, after I was flying high off of medium jumps like nothing else (no tricks, really new at park).

    It can take hits and it can place names (the damage shows, but a good wipethrough clears it all up), the graphics can be hung up on MOMA, and the ride is smooth as clouds (dependent on conditions).

    TL;DR: Buy it. Buy it. Buy it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    nice board, good customer service

    By 

    from california

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

        Never got to ride the board because the wrong size was sent. EVO took care of their mistake and sent a correctly sized Angus in replacement as they were out of stock of the correctly sized Taipan. Having not ridden the board I can only comment that I liked the graphics of the Taipan a lot and it seemed to be put together well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Good All Mountain Board

        By 

        from Oakland,Ca

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Carving Ability
        • Lots Of Pop
        • Smooth Stability
        • Well Balanced

        Cons

        • Dings Easily

        Best Uses

        • All Mountain

        Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

        From the moment I strapped in I felt confident. It moved from heel to toe effortlessly and the hybrid rocker design made me feel very planted above the contact points. Landings were solid and not sketchy at all. During a recent powder day it handled a tight group of trees well.

        Only complaint was that it chips really easily. Not even 3 days into my trip and a semi-large chunk was taken from the tail.

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        • No
         
        4.0

        solid board

        By 

        from LA, CA

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

              nice board, cool artwork

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great Board for the $

              By 

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • All-around Goodness
              • Lots Of Pop
              • Well Balanced

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Mountain

                Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                My Stats: 5'8", 190lbs, size 10.5 boot. I consider myself an intermediate/advanced all-mountain rider and spend time on fast slopes, in the tree line and at the park (though I only use the jumps).

                I originally bought the Taipan (158) as an inexpensive spare board to keep at my cousin's house in Colorado so that I didn't need to bring my board on the plane or pay out the wazoo to rent a piece of junk. I just spent 5 days on it at Keystone, and I have to say it is the best board I have ever ridden for my use of the mountain. Conditions were pretty icy most of the time. I did not get to test it on powder.

                All of my previous boards have been a true camber design. Rossignol advertises this one as a rocker-camber-rocker design. I don't know what their objective was, but the end result is a true all-mountain board. The thing refuses to catch an edge yet can still carve a pretty hard line. It pops well despite my weight but still has good torsional flex. The board was 100% predictable no matter how fast I was going or what I was doing.

                It is my first "wide" board. I don't have a huge foot (size 10.5 in a 32 boa boot), but I have dragged my toes on occasion during hard carves. Definitely not a problem now. With respect to response and transition, I did not feel like the extra width inhibited me at all.

                With respect to the graphics, the "snowboarder from hell" look really isn't my thing, but I imagine the images will appeal to many under the age of 25. Regardless, I can't deny that the graphics are extremely well done, and the board received more compliments during this one trip than all my other combined over the years.

                The only con is that I wish it were a little faster. But I am nitpicking here. The board is fast enough 95% of the time.

                I paired the board up with some Flow Trilogy bindings which I hated at first (first time Flow user) but grew to love during the trip. The setup was excellent, and I like it enough that I will probably get a second to keep at my brother's place in Utah to replace the Sims Chaos I currently keep there.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                A lot for a little!!!

                By 

                from New York, NY

                About Me Intermediate

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Carving Ability
                • Fast
                • Good Flexibility
                • Lots Of Pop
                • Smooth Stability
                • Well Balanced

                Cons

                • Dings Easily
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • All Mountain
                • Freeriding
                • Park

                Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                This is awesome in the pipe!!!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                my favorite

                By 

                from salt lake, utah

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Carving Ability
                • Fast
                • Good Flexibility
                • Lightweight
                • Lots Of Pop
                • Smooth Stability
                • Well Balanced

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Mountain
                  • Powder
                  • Speed

                  Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                  Very light flexible board great for carving fast or crusing through the powder.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  4.0

                  nice board

                  By 

                  from upper. bucks. pa

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Mountain

                    Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                    Nice. Board. Can't. Wait. To take. It out.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    AMAZING

                    By 

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    About Me Intermediate

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Carving Ability
                    • Lots Of Pop
                    • Price
                    • Tough

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Mountain

                      Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                      Instantly fell in love with it

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Delivery was fast.
                      only gripe was that I had to manually track my package because the e-mail with the shipping info was never sent

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                       
                      4.0

                      nice board great. graphics

                      By 

                      from upper bucks. county. pa

                      About Me Intermediate

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Carving Ability
                      • Fast
                      • Good Flexibility
                      • Tough

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • All Mountain

                        Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                        Great. Board. And graphics

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Sweet looking ride

                        By 

                        from Evergreen, CO

                        About Me Intermediate

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • All Mountain

                            Comments about Rossignol Taipan Mid Wide Snowboard 2012:

                            I'm new to the sport and have just completed my first season boarding - I was using an Atomic Vantage to start with but am looking to step up and through a ton of research I picked the Taipan as a board that would suit my needs best. Since I bought this board out of season I can't comment on ride but from a build quality perspective the Taipan is a cut above the Atomic I have - I'm counting down the days till I get to try it out.

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                            • No

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