Tested: Rossignol Frenemy and Rossignol Tesla 2016

Two of the low/mid price boards in the Rossignol line-up, the biggest selling point of the Tesla and the Frenemy is that they offer a decent snowboard for your money.  Though they weren’t the highest quality boards that we tested, they’re certainly easy on the wallet, and they’re fun and poppy boards, perfect for a rider on a budget, or for your first snowboard purchase.

Rossignol Tesla
They say:
Drop in with this easy, do-it-all freestyle deck, the TESLA. Powered with AmpTek Auto-Turn, whether floating lofty spins or pressing slopestyle boxes, this true-twin has a soft, buttery flex that stays snappy and stable underfoot for pop-and-stomp freestyle performance.

We say:
This flexy park-oriented board retains a fun level of pop, but excels at presses and butters.  The flex is forgiving enough for a beginner to intermediate rider looking for a board to progress on, and has the buttery flex of an entry level jib board.  The extruded base slows it down a little, and the soft flex failed us sometimes on the hard carves and steepest steeps, but overall we enjoyed this board on the terrain it’s designed for.

Park - Jibs - 8
Park - Jumps - 6
Steeps/Freeride Terrain - 4
Ice - 4
Slush/Spring Conditions - 7
Groomers and Carving - 4
Beginner Progression - 10
Intermediate Progression - 8
*scale from 1-10, 10 is best

Rossignol Frenemy
They say:
The FRENEMY is a deceptively mellower version of the more demanding Diva with an all-moutain tweak. Featuring RadCut technology, a balanced symmetrical flex, and a toned-down, more forgiving version of Mag, the Frenemy flows seamlessly edge-to-edge for super-playful and accessible all-mountain versatility.

We say:
This all-mountain freestyle board was poppy and fun to ride, and the mellow magnetraction gave it good edge hold in a variety of conditions.  It had a medium flex, and performed best cruising around the mountain, and hitting natural features and jumps.  This is the board for the intermediate rider who would like to progress their skills and hit a bit of everything, and the price tag keeps it in the affordable under $400 range.

Park - Jibs - 6
Park - Jumps - 8
Steeps/Freeride Terrain - 7
Ice - 6
Slush/Spring Conditions - 7
Groomers and Carving - 6
Beginner Progression - 7
Intermediate Progression - 9
*scale from 1-10, 10 is best

Posted by Kelly Vance on 01/19/16

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