New for this season is the Whammy Bar, evidently it’s a board you can lay down some heavy hammers while striking some rails. This board boasts the new Mid Spoon along with the Scooped tip and tail. Here’s my take on how Burtons jib axe worked for me.
Board: Burton Whammy Bar
Camber Option: Burtons V rocker. Rockered in the middle flat under foot then rockered again in the tips to give it a lot more play.
Bindings: Burton Malavitas
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
Conditions: Spring conditions in the early morning. So bluebird skies with slightly firm snow.
Preconceived Notions: I’ll be honest I don’t even follow what Burtons doing anymore I just show up and point at a deck and grunt and hope they understand what I mean. The intern suggested this one since he was off molesting the Joystick and I think he just wanted to see if I’d die hitting a jump with it.
Flex: Soft, I mean like Signal Park Series (not Park Rocker) soft. This thing flexed more than a guido at the Jersey Shore trying to pick up some ladies. Put this in the straight jib realm.
Stability: This is highly laughable it’s so soft you can feel everything so charging with it is not welcome unless you’re a 65 pound midget. Popping jump one in Park Lane at Breck was a bit funny since the snow was firm and I over shot it, that landing was felt for a few days afterward mainly in my lower back.
Ollies/Pop: For being so soft it had OK snap to it and you could pop it real well, I think a huge part of this was how light the deck was though.
Butterability: What do you think a deck this light and soft would do when spreading some love over the muffin? Of course you could butter the fuck out of this thing it’s V rocker, soft, and has a mid scoop going on.
Cruising: The mid spoon coupled with the scoops in the tip really let you roll it over on edge. The problem was with the soft flex it would just noodle out in hard turns. But for quick set up carves you could dial it in really quick.
Jibbing: This is what the deck was made for. Locking into a nose press on a flat bar was never easier. This thing will be a rail assassin for next year.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that probably can’t ride at all. I’m talking the kid that just slide slips into a jib then busts out a switch front lip from nowhere.
Personal Thoughts: The joke of the first chair ride with this deck was that the light weight was caused by the core being made out of saw dust. I don’t have a problem with a jib stick if it can handle an occasional jaunt outside the park, but this thing just didn’t want to do that. I suppose in an urban setting it would excel really well. For my style it’s just too fucking soft.
What They Say: A tight kit, sunnies, and swagger will only get you so far in the rail world-for that extra press there’s the NEW Whammy Bar. A jib-focused park board, the Whammy Bar combines the buttery looseness and float of V-Rocker with the convex base tech of the Mid Spoon between your bindings. Rail Ready edges and the Scoop tip and tail only enhance the Whammy Bar’s ridiculously catch-free feeling.
Binding Compatibility: For a freestyle focused binding I didn’t notice it over powering or under powering this deck. So in that regards I’d put it as a nice match up.
Binding Adjustability: All those little Burton micro adjustments we’ve grown accustomed to.
Straps: The toe strap didn’t grip for shit I’d probably have to swap out one from a small version of this binding to get it to grip my boot right. The heel strap had the right amount of cut out in the center to give me the support and flex I needed and didn’t cause any pressure points or hot spots.
Highbacks: Did their job wasn’t anything that stood out as amazingly awesome or sucky here.
Binding Flex: Middle of the road park flex, not restrictive, and not too soft.
Ratchets: Locked, cocked, and ready to rock.
Rider in Mind: Well they say Danny Davis, but how many of you reading this shred on his level. I’d say they’re a good choice for a park rider that demands peak park performance from their grippers.
Personal Thoughts: Another binding from the Big B that didn’t hurt my foot at all and did an OK job of holding me down. The new toe strap is a fucking joke though bring back the old one this thing had more play in it than Paris Hiltons vagina. Still not a fan of EST either, there’s always that thought in my mind that it will slip on me, don’t care what people tell me seen it move first hand one too many times to give it 100% trust.
What They Say: The Malavita EST is a man’s binding and Danny Davis can grow a mustach, unload firearms, and drink handles of whiskey. Together they can tweak a mean corked 10, land flat in the Midwest, and manhandle some serious rails. The gelled-up SensoryBED II underfoot combines with an air-padded hi-back for total impact insulation. Asym shaping of the ankle strap puts more torque in your spork, while the Gettagrip Capstrap give you more spring off your toes.