Snowboard Review: 10-11 Roxy Eminence C2 BTX
09 Jun, 2010
Location: Steamboat, Vail, Beaver Creek, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to icy to powder conditions on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the Roxy Eminence C2 BTX with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Disregard the prettyness of this board because it rides like a badass down the mountain.
Weight: Lighter than average
Flex: Despite being Torah Bright’s pipe board, the eminence is actually a softer medium flex board that suits the park to mountain riding. Between the binding it’s a tad stiffer flex that helps give stability on the mountain, then the nose and tail is slightly softer giving it a lot more playfulness on the mountain. It’s overall not a soft board but it’s not a stiff pipe board like you’d expect either. The eminence for 10-11 has C2 BTX, which is banana rocker between the binding inserts and camber from the inserts to the contact points. It helps the board handle everything from park to powder.
Turning: Once on edge, the eminence really does all the work for you. It is a consistent turning board with no surprises. The best turns were the longer drawn out S turns that were easy to initiate into the carve and hold it through the full arc down the mountain. Even in the powder, you could just lay down carves and stay afloat. Shorter turns were okay but the longer turns felt the best.
Stable: When riding groomers, the eminence could handle speed and especially in powder where you just floated through the trees. The one thing I was well aware of with the eminence was if I encountered any chop/crud on the mountain you felt it through the board and it kind of bounced you around. The magne traction did help on icy spots with gripping the snow but never felt like it was overly grippy.
Pop: The eminence gives back with a powerful snap and good pop, I took the eminence in the pipe and it felt incredible up each wall. Gripped, good pop and powerful on each edge. In the park, I found the size to be on the bigger size than I prefer but no catch on boxes and playful enough to butter/press up the mountain with.
Switch: The eminence is a true twin but also rides like a true twin with the flex and turning. I generally had no problems switching around into switch riding but there was one good fall from buttering into switch where I completely ate it. I more blame myself than the board.
Overall Impression: The eminence is a more aggressive freestyle board for women, for 10-11 it’s a true twin that can be ridden in the pipe, pow or park (my 3 favs!). The flex is still on the softer side for a pipe board but that helps give it a more freestyle focus, in the powder it stays afloat.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I took out the eminence but it seemed like the addition of C2 to the line was a suitable match for a pipe dominator and board that you could ride the whole mountain with. I ended up getting park laps, pow laps and just groomers with this board. Despite the prettyness, the board takes the mountain to the next level for female riders. I was bummed the season came to an end because it’s size is perfect as an all mountain board.
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Roxy Eminence C2 BTX description
Review Disclosure: This board was given to me by Roxy Snowboards.