Board: Rossignol Jibsaw
Camber Option: Amptek Freestyle. 60% camber between the feet 40% rocker everywhere else.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny warm spring mornings with fresh firm groomers and terrain park features.
Flex: The Jibsaw starts out as a stiffer twin, but after a solid 10 days of riding it breaks in to a nice middle of the road flex. You’ll find the most flex of this board in the tips, this is a result of the camber profile as well as the boards shape. Then it stiffens up underfoot and goes back to a little softer between the feet. There is a decent amount of torsional flex which helps make it a bit more playful when you want it.
Stability: The only spot of the board that you will notice chatter is out in the tips which I’ve said in previous reviews. Over all this board flies across varying terrain with ease.
Ollies: Load up the camber and engage the rocker zone to get amazing snap. This board can pop and it doesn’t hesitate to boost off natural features or lips. Side hits take on a new dimension with the pop off this board.
Pop On Jumps: Jumps come with ease on this board and never once do you feel that it won’t make it to the sweet spot of a jump. The camber zone can really be felt.
Butterability: The tip shape is so unique for this board that it gives a wide surface area for butters. Add to that the flex pattern and you have a recipe for spreading some buttery love across the slopes.
Jibbing: You have to hit the sweet spot perfectly with this board to lock it into the press, but once you do, you’re going to look like a star. This board can jib with the best of them. Having camber between the feet really lets it lock into boardslides with ease.
Carving: Short mellow turns are easy. The edge to edge transition in those types of carves has a subtle initiation. It’s hard Euro style carves that take a bit of tweaking. Instead of center flexing into the board you want to drive your energy and legs outward to engage on the outsides of the camber zone, this will let you drive the arc of the carve.
Rider in Mind: Park freestyle guy that will butter, jump off of natural and unnatural features, and play around outside the park.
Personal Thoughts: Last year it felt like they softened the board up and this carries over for 2016. For hybrid camber and rocker profile this board is very versatile. You get the snap of camber yet the play of rocker. Contrary to things I’ve said in the past, Rossignol is making a great product.
Comparable Boards: Yes Libre, Salomon Huck Knife, Rome Buckshot
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This board was loaned to us for review by the Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.