Board: 2018 Rossignol Sushi
Type: Directional Powder/Carving Snowboard
Camber Option: Regular camber with mellow rocker leading into the nose
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Conditions: Groomed packed powder and sunny skies
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -12° binding angles
Highlights: The Rossignol Sushi is a directional powder snowboard with a MASSIVE 70mm taper, the first thing you will notice about this snowboard is how wide the nose is. The large nose and narrow tail will provide insane float in powder, but also works as a very stable buttering platform on groomed snow. Being able to carve aggressively and hold a solid edge is a big standout on this snowboard.
Powder: No powder at the Basin during this test, however from my experience testing similar boards like the Burton Fish I can confidently say that the Sushi is going to effortlessly float in deep snow. For reference the Fish has a 30mm taper, which means the Sushi has more than twice as much taper versus the Fish. The Sushi also has a very short tail that will allow you to ride with your weight centered even in deep snow.
Carving & Edge Hold: I’m always impressed by how well these directional powder shapes are able to carve on a groomed slope. The taper makes the already deep side cut even more aggressive allowing you to take off on some really tight turns and the short tail helps drive the edge into the snow providing above average edge hold. You can easily lay out eurocarves on this snowboard without worrying about toe or heel drag. On groomers I think that these short boards carve even better than freeride/carving boards like the Jones Flagship, however stability is lacking if you get into uneven terrain since there is almost no tail. The Rossignol Sushi is more fun and easier to control when carving with speed.
Flex: Directional Flex getting more playful in the nose. I would say the flex feels right around a 5/10 in the nose and the tail is a good bit stiffer.
Stability: This is a stable snowboard on groomers. At high speed you will get a bit of chatter in the nose but still feel that the snowboard is responsive and in control, the Sushi is fun and maneuverable in the trees as well. You will want to watch out for uneven terrain when you are cruising with speed; while the short tail makes the board very maneuverable it also provides very limited stability if your weight gets leaned back.
Butters: I’m glad they gave this snowboard a more medium flexing nose, this allows you to get into presses without a lot of effort. Having such a wide nose also provides a large and very stable platform for buttering. You can basically just lean your weight over the nose without worrying or having to even focus on balancing very much for butters, it’s a lot of fun mixing in some flat ground stunts on traverses and cat tracks.
Switch: This snowboard feels very different carving switch. While its always possible when necessary I would recommend riding this board in the proper direction as much as possible, the short pointy tail has minimal uplift and can dig into the snow making you fall if you aren’t careful when riding switch.
Recommendations: The Rossignol Sushi is an excellent addition to your quiver as a dedicated powder board that can also double as fun carving snowboard. I would reserve this snowboard for deep powder days and early morning groomer laps. Overall the Sushi is a really fun snowboard, the shape alone lets you know you are about to have a good time! I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
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