Board: Rossignol Jibsaw HD
Camber Option: Amptek Elite. 60% camber between the feet with 20% rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny blue skies and warm temps in the morning, overcast and cooler temps in the afternoon. The snow was fast and soft.
Flex: On the Rossignol park flex scale this would be their stiffest park deck, on the Angry flex scale it’s a hair above a middle of the road flex. It will start out stiff the second you pull it out of the wrapper, just flex it till the fiberglass breaks in a bit, then just land heavy on the nose and tail for a few runs and it will break in. Once that happens it becomes a slightly above middle of the road flex with an equal amount of torsional give. The tips have a bit more play to them but not much, it is only accentuated by having that 20% rocker in there.
Stability: This board is stable whether dropping in fast for a jump in the park, plowing through a tranny in the pipe, or when you get lost and having to point it through a scary mogul field of death. The core doesn’t do a great job of dampening micro-vibrations, so if you get on a cat track where a snowmobile has been you might feel the ripples in the snow more so than on other boards.
Ollies: Having a bit of camber really helps this board snap. Add to that a bit of stiffness that makes you work for it and you can pop as you need to. So whether hitting a roller or boosting off a side hit you’re golden.
Pop On Jumps: Here’s where this board was designed to shine. Their riders wanted something burlier to hit big jumps with and this was the answer. Setting up on edge comes with ease and this board just wants to land perfectly and let you have fun.
Butterability: The little amount of rocker adds an advantage to this board when getting up on the tips. Over all this board does take a little extra effort to butter, but the results are well worth it.
Jibbing: Locking into presses and slides was a breeze on this deck. It has enough flex to let you man handle the board and pop out of a feature, but if you’re being lazy it can still accomodate you.
Carving: The sidecut on this board was meant to Euro-carve. So get low, rub your armpit on the snow, and come out of the carve smiling. The Magnetraction grips where you need it between the feet and the camber profile lets you lock down into a carve whether on your toe or heelside.
Rider in Mind: The well rounded park rider that will still go outside the park and play around who needs a bit more girth underfoot.
Personal Thoughts: Once this broke in it felt like a brand new Jibsaw regular. Which isn’t a bad thing as that board is super fun to ride. As the day wore on this board and I became good friends with hitting sidehits, boosting rollers, sliding rails, and finding tranny.
Comparable Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Capita X Volcom Pat Moore, Rome Mod Stale
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This board was loaned to us for review from Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.