Since it’s inception Yes has made big mountain or all mountain freestyle boards. Now for 2013 they plan on entering the jib game with the Jackpot, one of the softest park decks I’ve been on in a long time. Comparing it to boards like the Arbor Draft, Rome Artifact, and K2 WWW seems appropriate.
Board: Yes Jackpot
Camber Option: Twin camrock. Minimal camber into rocker
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Super warm spring time slop and slush. Blue skies for days and positive park vibes.
Flex: It’s soft like buttery soft. Think back to when the Artifact and WWW first hit the scene this board is right up there with those. Just a smooth consistently soft flex.
Stability: Throw that out the window this board flexes with every contour in the snow.
Ollies: The tips are so soft they mush out if you press too hard trying to preload the camrocker. There’s some snap but not enough to rave about.
Pop On Jumps: I’ll be honest this was the first board I was scared to hit a jump with in a long time. I didn’t hit anything other than a few side hit poppers and the lips to rails. Even then it’s just like ollieing there wasn’t much life and pop.
Butterability: Oh now this board spreads buttery love juice all over the slopes. You can press into it hard and just spin around in circles and let it do its thing.
Jibbing: The sweet spot is very minimal if you don’t lock into it you’ll find yourself going over the handle bars or into the back seat. This is due to the insanely soft flex. It’s a real rail kid dream.
Carving: Short tight turns with a lot of center flex consistently washed out. While long drawn out ones were more akin to staying locked in.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that’s skating the whole mountain and not hitting jumps.
Personal Thoughts: I swear to god this board is a flat camber it just looks and rides that way. This is by far the softest board I’ve been on in a long time. Going over the handle bars on a stock warm up nose press is not exactly something I like doing and that happened on more than one occasion with this board. Over all for a jibber it’s great for someone like me that needs a slightly stiffer flex it wasn’t that great.
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