The Roxy brand has been around since 1990, specialising in womens’ boardsports gear under the Quiksilver umbrella. However, their boards are now a separate venture made alongside Lib Tech and Gnu sticks at Mervin Manufacturing in Washington State, where every effort is made to keep things eco-friendly while still crafting high-end kit. They’ve also amassed arguably the strongest team of female riders on the planet, from legends like Kjersti Buaas to rising stars Katie Ormerod and Aimee Fuller.
At the top of the tree is Torah Bright, who has designed two boards in the Roxy line. While the one that shares her name is built for high-end riding, the Roxy T-Bird is a mellower version aimed at the rider who isn’t after an all-or-nothing freestyle machine. It’s slightly softer in the core, and with less of the top tech. It’s got it where it counts though, with the fast ‘TNT’ base and ultra-strong sidewalls among the highlights. Profile-wise it boasts rocker between the feet that reduces the chance of an unpleasant edge-catch, while there’s still plenty of grip to be had thanks to the mild camber sections underfoot, combined with the wavy Magne Traction edges. All in all, it’s an ideal stick for fearless intermediates with an eye on progression.
“I mainly rode this on the piste and in the powder, and it held up really well on both. It’s stable at all speeds, never feeling like it might give way, and the edge felt fully engaged no matter what the terrain. While it’s definitely quite stiff, there’s a really noticeable element of bounce that makes it perfect for off-piste boosting. I get the feeling it’d be great in the park and in the pipe, too. So it’s an all-over board, and if Torah rides it you know it’s good for everything.” – Hannah Bailey