Snowboard Iskola

Board: Rossignol Jibsaw

Size: 155

Camber Option: Amptek Elite. 70% camber with a 15% rocker in the nose and tail. Basically camrocker.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warm temps, perfect corduroy and hero snow.

Flex: This is your standard middle of the road park flex. You have slightly more playful tips then midway between the upkick and the insert pack it starts to stiffen up to the dead center. In the middle of the board you have a noticeable amount of torsional flex but it’s not overwhelming.

Stability: This boards a little more stable than in years past. You get some chatter in the tips but it’s not as pronounced as it used to be so by the time those vibrations hit the insert pack it mellows out. In rutted out terrain it will get bounced around a little but it’s not so much that you’re worried about it.

Ollies: They added more camber to this board so it does take a little extra to get it to engage but you get more out of it. This is a board that once you load it up and snap it right where the camber meets the rocker it boosts. You notice that it sends sidehits, rollers, and cat track gaps with ease.

Pop On Jumps: The board is fully at home on all types of jumps and transitions. It does have to be loaded up to snap off the lip instead of allowing the lip to do all the work, but that’s fine as it gets the job done. Small to largeish jumps are not the issue.

Butterability: The sweet spot shrank in this board so it’s more out towards the tips. You have to know right where it is and how to get your weight out over it. Once you hit it, it locks in and holds a press with minimal effort but still retails its snap out.

Jibbing: A little more speed is key now with this board but it still lives up to its name. It locks into nose and tail presses just a little further towards the upkick in the tips. You’ll notice that it has pop out of any press you do. When you get sideways it hugs the rail more as there’s a longer camber section but it still slides the same.

Carving: The edge to edge power transmission isn’t as nimble as it used to be but it’s more precise. You feel it grip further outside towards the tips and really lock in. You can’t be as quick with your carves but you gain a better feel on edge. When railing a turn it takes more power to drive the board from the center back and you feel it as you leave the carve. Short tight quick carves, mellow carves, deep hard carves, and Eurocarves are a blast on this board. They changed the serrations on their edge tech so it’s more grippy between the feet for when you’re really driving the deck, this can feel a bit hooky till you realize you can disengage your front foot more and steer from the middle back on harder carves.

Rider in Mind: Park rider that does it all.

Personal Thoughts: I like the fact it has more camber in it as that gives it more power and snap. I don’t like that you lose some of its playfulness and it changes the ride. It’s a weird balance but in my opinion this board is better than previous years. It’s more locked in on edge and feels better on a rail as the sweet spot is smaller which makes it more dialed. Overall it’s a nice addition to see more camber in this board.

Comparable Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Capita Indoor Survival, Rome Agent

Binding Recommendations: Rome Vice, Ride C-8, Union Force