Snowboard Iskola

Board: Libtech Jamie Lynn’96

Size: 157

Camber Option: Traditional camber.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warm temps, moderate to high winds, ice, chop, chunder, slush, dirty snow, and perfect hero snow on the groomers.

Flex: The flex everyone is expecting, a middle of the road all mountain freestyle. That’s right it has softer tips and believe me they are softer then it stiffens up midway back from the contact points through the middle. The torsional flex is noticeable and has a little rigidity to it.

Stability: While not overly stable in super rutted out terrain when you’re straight lining it, this board is still damp. That means the bigger jarring hits you feel while more micro vibrations are completely killed off. While not the most lively board out there it still has a little life in it that will surprise you from time to time.

Ollies: You have to load the camber up fully and when you go to disengage it there’s a slightly delay before the spring activates. This leads to you being more calculated with how you pop off things. Is the snap there? Yes. Is it going to launch you to the moon? No, it’s just there giving you enough to pop off a roller, side hit, or cat track gap.

Pop On Jumps: The lip ends up doing more work than the actual pop of this board. This means that what you put in is about what you’re going to get out so don’t over think it and try to power load it, you’re not getting that much more from it. This board can handle jumps of just about any size.

Butterability: There’s two key flex points in the tips that are just slightly set back from the contact points. This is where you ideally want to get your weight over the board. When you do you’ll feel it flex aggressively and lock in. Now while its locked in that camber section in the middle will fight you so prepare for some rebound. I would suggest a little more force than you think and some speed.

Jibbing: What were you jibbing in 96? The reason I ask that is because while yes it can press it’s not going to be a full on jib stick. Sure it locks in and will hold the press but there’s more fight than you think when you’re sliding metal or lexan. Prepare yourself for that. When you go sideways it slightly cradles the feature but it’s never anything mind blowing.

Carving: Good ole fashioned radial sidecut. There’s no Magnetraction here to help you grip, it’s all on your skill level and how sharp your edges are. This board rolls in and out of carves with ease but does hit a wall when you try to aggressively crank a deep hard carve. Can you lay it over? Sure, but be calculated of how/when you do it. At the end of the day it’s going to feel like an old school snowboard on edge and you’re going to be driving it from the center back just zig zagging around the mountain.

Rider in Mind: Old School snowboarder that likes camber and radial sidecuts.

Personal Thoughts: This is a throw back if ever I saw one. It rides like snowboards did in the late 90’s to early 2000’s. It’s predictable, it’s damp, and it just wants you to ride with more speed. There’s nothing mind blowing about this but for Mervin fan boys that love Jamie Lynn here you go. No longer can you complain that “there isn’t a board for me like the good ole days”.

Comparable Boards: Public Dispute, Rome Mod Stale, Nitro Team

Binding Recommendations: Bent Metal Transfer, Rome DOD, Ride C-8