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.

Size: 155cm.

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

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Review Disclosure: This board was given to me by Roxy Snowboards.

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37 Comments

  1. Todd
    June 09, 2010

    What’s the MSRP on this thing Shay?

  2. July 11, 2010

    Good review, I pretty much felt the same way when I rode this. You would expect it to be much stiffer since it’s Torahs board, but on the flip side the boards much more responsive then the pretty graphics would lead you to believe. Personally, I totally think C2 is where it’s at. It’s like you said, it allows you to float and gives you that playful feel, while giving you great edge hold and the response of camber.

  3. August 28, 2010

    Todd, sorry for the late reply. The msrp is $539

    Jenna, sweet that you rode it as well! C2 definitely gives you a lot of options for the mountain.

  4. Donna
    November 13, 2010

    Hi Shay,

    I can’t find the weight specs for this board. I weigh 120lbs and I am debating between the 146 and 149. I’m planning to do more powder riding than park. What size do you recommend?

  5. November 14, 2010

    Hey Donna,

    If you are planning to do more powder riding then go with the 149cm.

  6. Dea
    November 29, 2010

    Hi,
    Can you help me decide on which board lenght should i choose for Eminence? I’m 5’4″ and weigh 102 lbs. I have an old Crazy Creek 145 but i feel it hard to maneuve (i don’t know if it’s the lenght, the weight or the stiffness of the board).
    I’d really appreciate a piece of advice. Thank you!

  7. November 29, 2010

    Dea, definitely an older board like that would be heavier, stiffer and harder to ride. Technology has advanced a lot making boards lighter, easier to ride. If you are looking at the eminence, I’d go for the 146 since it’s in your weight range, similiar to the size you already ride. Unless you want to go shorter, you totally could.

  8. Lo
    December 01, 2010

    Looking for as many opinions as I can to help me decide on a board…

    I’m 5’5″, about 135 lbs. I currently ride a 2004 151 Burton Shaun White, I love it, but it’s time for retirement. I ride absolutely everything. I’m on the east coast, so not a lot of deep powder, although when it does come around I love it. I don’t ride a ton of park anymore. I love riding in the trees, and just general all-mountain riding.

    I’m thinking about a 149 or 152 Eminence or a 153 Envi, any thoughts on size/model would be great. Thanks!!

  9. December 01, 2010

    Hey Lo,

    Hmmm tough call, the envi is a bit more aggressive but the eminence does hold well on icy terrain. Depends on if you want more aggressive charging with the envi or more all mountain freestyle with the eminence. 149-153cm size suits you, 153 is on the larger end but still doable since it’s only 2cm from what you were riding.

  10. Leesa
    December 08, 2010

    ive only done one season boarding but im looking for a board that im not going to out grow really and could have for a long time…i think ill mainly be doing all mountain wont really be going in the park but i want to learn tricks and trees and just everything else and enjoy whole mountain…and i really like the design on this board..do you think that this board would be a suitable choice or would there be a better board out there… i no theres tons of options and ive been trying to find out what would be good for me but its a little confusing sometimes

  11. Scott
    December 17, 2010

    Shay, my 13 yr-old daughter is looking at the Eminence C2. She’s 5’6″ 140lb, solid intermediate, likes carving and speed, wants to progress, not into park, majority of time on groomers. Is this the board for her? If so, so you have a size rec? Suggestions??

  12. December 17, 2010

    Scott, definitely the board for her from what you listed above and she’ll really progress her riding on the board as well. For size, either the 152 or 155. She could ride either size. What size was she riding before?

  13. Scott
    December 18, 2010

    Thanks Shay! That gives me big peace of mind.
    She’s been riding a Burton Feather (140! Only 2 seasons old! She’s growing fast!) We’re out every weekend in season and she starts talking about the next season in the middle of summer!
    Scott.

  14. December 20, 2010

    Scott, wow yeah 140 is on the small size for her. If you think she’ll grow even more, then do the 155 but that’s a huge leap from 140 so it might be a lot of an adjustment. The 152 would be easier for her. Rad to hear she’s such a ripper!

  15. December 24, 2010

    Leesa,

    The eminence would be a good all around snowboard to have and progress with. The C2 technology is a good addition to the snowboard.

  16. Hannah
    March 03, 2011

    Hi Shay,

    I’m an advanced all mountain rider, I mostly like to ride the pow through trees and clifs and on icy days just do some steep groomers and maybe a little park. I’m trying to decide between this board, the Envi and the NS Lotus, which would you recommend? Right now I ride a Burton Social but when I ride with my friends I just can’t keep up so I feel like I need a stiffer board, any other boards you suggest?

  17. March 06, 2011

    Hannah,

    Envi is more aggressive than the eminence but all three boards handles charging and icy days. Personally I think the envi and lotus are top charging women’s boards so definitely good all around boards. If you do a mix of more park, eminence is solid.

  18. Hart
    March 20, 2011

    Hi I am an intermediate to advanced rider and although I enjoy powder I don’t get that much of it where I live on the east coast. I am 5′-7.5″ and around 130lbs, I currently ride a 156 dynastar board ( they very briefly made womens snowboards and I heard they now make the roxy boards ). I am not sure if I should order the 152 or the 155 eminence c2. I like the stability however I do want more park handling. Do you think the new technology in the past few years will make the park more accessible for me? Also the only constant experience I have before that board was a way too heavy Men’s Burton Freestyle 154 from 1999. They didn’t have many choices for me then. Thanks.

  19. Hart
    March 20, 2011

    P.s. I wear a size 9 shoe

  20. Vicki
    March 22, 2011

    Shay, I am a new snowboard looking for my own board. I am 50 years old and looking to ride on blue and greens, groomers, ice and powder. I tried the Roxy Ollie Pop and loved the C2BTX which was great on ice and powder but found on bumpy/crud it bounced me around to where I hated it. I will not be riding park or rails, just easy going down the mountain with easy turn initiation. I will not be bombing this hills. I do like to ride switch and am looking for a true twin. Is there a board out there that is best when riding over bumps and crud without wanting to throw me off and make me fall? I’m 5’4″ – 145 and size 8 boots. I was thinking of NS Pandora but worry that it may be too soft and will still bump me around on the crud. The Infinity is a directional board. Any other recommendations.

  21. March 22, 2011

    Hart, sweet on upgrading! Mervin who makes libs/gnu’s make Roxy snowboards not dynastar but mervin’s are made in the US and make solid boards. I think you’ll be fine on the 152 eminence, it’ll be light and quick still stable and more suitable for your weight and suitable for your riding location. If you rode more powder, i’d say the 155 but I think you’ll find the 152 better suited to you.

    Vicki, sweet on looking for your own board! I think you’d find the pandora too soft, infinity would be a good all around board and good in chop. Generally stiffer boards will cut through chop better than softer more park orientated boards. Of the GNU boards, the B-pro handles chop and crud the best!

  22. peggy
    March 31, 2011

    Hi Shay,

    Im a beginner/intermediate boarder looking for a new ride before a trip to new zealand :D . I used to have a burton deja bu 146. I feel that it is too short for me. im 5’6 and 130 lbs and wear a size 8 mens salomon f20 boots.

    I have my heart set on the roxy eminence c2 btx or the never summer infinity. Would board would you recommend is best for me? also what size would you recommend?

    I see myself going to the snow quite often in the coming years and progressing. Which board do you think won’t outgrow me anytime soon? i’d like the board to last as long as possible ><

    i am from australia and we don't really get good snow here so its mostly hardpacked groomers (resort fields). although i'd love for a board that does okay on powder as well (when i go overseas). i dont see myself going to the park at all. I love going down the mountains (blue runs).

    any help is greatly appreciated :)

  23. March 31, 2011

    Peggy, heya! You could definitely size up to the low 150cm range for boards and get more stability. Both of those boards are good for progressing with and you won’t outgrow. The eminence is a tad more aggressive and I’ve ridden it in powder, holds up and floats with the c2 tech. Same with the infinity, RC helps it float. Infinity had more dampening so handled chop better. Both were solid boards.

  24. peggy
    April 01, 2011

    thanks shay! might get the eminence for the graphics :D

  25. peggy
    April 07, 2011

    hi again shay,

    could you please help me out with another question? im planning to get bindings for my size 26.5cm boots. My old burton scribe size L seems to be a little short on the footbed and i get about an 1.5 inch toe overhang.

    im looking at the burton escapades and im just wondering if ill have the same issue? should i go for mens bindings?

    thanks!

  26. April 07, 2011

    Peggy, have you pulled out the toe ramp on your scribe bindings? You can adjust the baseplate to be longer so if you aren’t doing that, that should help. With 26.5 (size 8.5′s) you shouldn’t need men’s bindings unless you prefer to have them. The scribe L’s/escapade L’s will fit your boot width but you’d need to adjust the ramps to pull out

  27. peggy
    April 07, 2011

    ahhh thanks for the tip shay! i never knew you could do that ><;

  28. Debbie
    April 11, 2011

    Hi, Can you please recommend the best board to buy… I’m deciding between the: Burton Feelgood Flying V / Roxy Eminence & Never Summer Infinity? Or another board you think is better?
    I’m 5’2, 110lb, size 6 shoe. I spend most of my time on the mountain = intermediate. I do like doing small stuff in the parks = beginner (would like to get better if I’m brave enough). I mostly board in Australia & NZ where there’s more ice & manmade snow (sometimes powder). I prefer control over speed. I’d like a forgiving ride with good suspension & a board that doesn’t catch edges. I’d love to have confidence on my board so I can try more things. Plus a board I won’t grow out of for a while.
    Thanks x

  29. April 12, 2011

    Peggy, Yep bindings are totally adjustable so you should be fine with yours.

    Debbie, all the boards you mention are all mountain freestyle decks so definitely will handle mountain to park riding. For the ice, MTX has good edgehold on icy conditions and NS/Burton have their own designs but they aren’t as grippy as MTX.

  30. Judy
    April 21, 2011

    Hello from New Zealand!

    First of all, thanks for all the great reviews, Shay!

    I’ve started snowboarding a few months back at a local indoor snow dome and taken a few beginner’s lessons in preparation for our snow season in June. I’m now focusing on turns but have a hard time linking them with the hard-flat rental boards. I’ve therefore decided to get my own gear so I can learn and progress in.

    I’m 5’1 and weigh about 95lbs – I’m tossing between the Roxy Eminence 143 and Roxy Ollie Pop 141. I’m not sure about my riding style yet, but can foresee doing mostly mountain riding and maybe trying little rail tricks at some point (they have park rails set up in the indoor snow dome).

    I really like the Eminence…and it’s graphics (though maybe a lame reason) – but is it too long for my height and weight? Or too advanced as a learning board for beginner. Thing is, I didn’t want to get a dedicated beginner board that I will outgrow quickly.

    Thanks Shay!

  31. September 05, 2011

    Judy, wow just saw your comment, sorry for the delay! Getting your own gear will be a lot better in the long run! Ollie Pop is a more forgiving board, great progression board and eminence will be a bit more aggressive, more all mountain freestyle. Both sizes are fine for your weight and height.

  32. Ginny
    April 12, 2012

    Hi Shay, I found your truly excellent website while searching for reviews of snowboards I am interested in. I am in the uk and board here mostly as I now have kids- we used to ski in the usa where I bought a burton freedom 51 (many years ago!) which I have always struggled a bit with. This holiday , last week at chamonix, I hired a roxy banana silhouette (149)and what a revelation! So soft and easy , though I gained my best ever bruise trusting it off a chairlift on a very icy slope. It is maybe a tad soft but I loved the feel of it, the ease of turning and grip and wondered if you could suggest a couple of boards suitable? I follow my OH on blacks and we go off piste a bit and do some odd jumps here and there. I did find the roxy a little chattery at speed on the groomers but it still felt more forgiving than my old board. Victoria Jalousie I aint!I am 5’6 and weigh 150 (ouch!) and I am 49 years old. Just started doing jumps onto the airbag which I LOVE! If the landings were as soft I would do more! Thanks for your advice!

  33. April 15, 2012

    Ginny, thanks so much. Check out the Roxy Ollie Pop, a bit more aggressive than the Silhouette but with the same easy going riding.

  34. December 01, 2012

    Hey Shay I hope you still check this site! I found super helpful, I live in the great NW of Washington, been snowboarding 10 years I’m 22 and trying to decide between the Ollie Pop Japan, and Eminence! I love pow, groomers, park and just started getting into jumps last year-I’m trying to progress I tried out the libtech skate banana and I loved the playfulness of that but still felt stiff too me, probably because it’s usually a mens board haha. I saw a few comments that the Ollie pop was too bouncy and there are tons of mogals so if it shoots I may want to go for Eminence? Figured I’d ask your advice :) I was pretty loyal to my first board, but know I need the technology to step it up haha Thanks!

    • December 02, 2012

      Hi Lo, yep still checking in! Awesome on the NW riding, love it there. If you think the Skate Banana is stiff, the eminence will be a lot stiffer. Ollie Pop is more freestyle playful but you’ll lose stability so really depends. I’d see if you could demo it to know for sure.