Story by Tyler Macleod 2019.04.10

TGR Tested: Rossignol Diva Split

The Diva is super playful and makes the less than ideal snow conditions way more exciting. - Izzy Lazarus

Rossignol Diva Split
Touring
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While you typically might not want to take a diva into the backcountry, this split option from Rossignol proves to be the exception. Advertised as a touring rig to that aims to help propel women deeper into out of bounds terrain, the Diva is a little more welcoming than its name might suggest. A directional board with a true twin flex, this flagship split of the Rossignol women’s line channels the immediate comfort of a mid-flexing resort board into an equally comfortable vehicle for uphill travel. As Rossignol so accurately claims, this is one diva that demands your attention.

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Design:

Structured around a subtle directional shape with a true twin flex, the Diva is the type of board that immediately feels familiar. Not too soft, and certainly not too stiff, it’s a middle-of-the road board in terms of rigidity, making it attractive to a wide spectrum of riders. Underfoot, the Diva possesses Rossignol’s Amptek Elite outline—a hybrid camber profile that places positive camber between the bindings and rocker in both the tip and tail. It’s a proven profile that exudes a stable and traditional feel with the buoyancy that only reverse camber can provide. Wrapping up the Diva are Rossi’s Serrated Edges. Similar to the widely known Magnetraction design made popular by Mervin Manufacturing, these edges feature multiple contact points to increase edgehold in icy and variable terrain. A Sintered 7500 base ensures a fast, wax-absorbing base, and when paired with Rossignol’s Diva specific skins, this Diva is surprisingly low maintenance.

Performance:

Although Rossignol advertises the Diva as a seven out of ten on its flex scale, tester Izzy Lazarus found it to be among one of the softer offerings on the market. “It is relatively soft, and in steep and firm snow it felt pretty unstable.” But by knowing and accepting its personality traits, you won’t be turned off by this Diva. As Lazarus points out, “The Diva would be a great board for the rider who is chasing deep days and has a more freestyle lens on riding. It’s a great fit for the lady who loves soul turns in cold smoke, as well as jumping off whatever she finds.” It’s also worth noting that, although this board tends to have more of a soft and freestyle focused energy, Lazarus was impressed by the edge hold provided by the Serrated Edges. Even in icy, early morning conditions, the Diva was able to hold its own.

Photo by: Eric Parker
Photo by: Eric Parker

Who's it for? Typically, not everyone wants to handle a true diva. But in terms of this offering from Rossignol, the Diva is attractive to most. Although it may not be suited for the gals in need of a stiff, aggressive, and hard-charging splitboard, it should meet the desires of both the entry-level, intermediate, and casual backcountry enthusiasts. With its middle-of-the-road rigidity and true twin flex, it also caters to the park rat turned uphiller.

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