Snowboard Review: 08-09 Rossignol JDub Mag

09 Jan, 2009

2008-2009 Rossignol JDub Mag

Location: Loveland, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.

Setup: I rode the Rossignol JDub MTX with Union Force SL bindings and my Vans Omni Focus size 8.

First Impression: Stiffer freestyle deck meant for backcountry booters.


Weight: average

Flex: The Jdub is a stiffer freestyle board, you could ride it as a freeride board and hit park laps every now and then with it and still be fine. It features a stiffer tail than nose.

Turning: With the stiffness, it handles long radius turns very smooth and holds the edge through any terrain. Definitely a more advanced board, with the stiffness you have to really be able to flex the board and it’s not a easy board to ride off the bat.

Stable: I didn’t encounter any unstable feeling on the jdub, overall smooth ride when I was freeriding with it. The magnetraction helps it grip the snow on icy spots and very grippy. It handled speed good and it never felt like I was riding a smaller board than I typically would.

Pop: I didn’t play with the pop too much on this board.

Switch: The jdub is a directional twin, I did ride it switch with a setback and noticed the slight difference but I was able to ride it and make turns without it being an issue.

Overall Impression: While this board says freestyle, it’s a stiffer freestyle deck meant for handling the big mountain riding. The magne traction helps a lot with edge hold and works for gripping the snow better on the icy spots. I liked riding a smaller size with this board.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Rossignol makes solid boards…people need to get past the name and recognize that these boards are fun and comparable to other brands especially with the mtx.

Rossignol JDub Mag description
For more information on the Rossignol JDub Mag go to Rossignol’s website.

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1 Comment

  1. WeekendSurfer
    March 22, 2010

    Great review and there are very few reviews of the JDUB. I would like to contribute if I may.

    I’m not much for getting into detailed reviews but I can say that this board is my Burton Custom X killer. I used to have a custom X and sold it off. I’m way more wowed by this board. The only thing I liked on the custom X better was the wfo vision base. A good wax on the JDUB can negate that though. My experience on this board so far is only groomed runs and terrain park.

    I can comment on the pop. It is very strong to me. The pop loads and release nicely off the lip to get you past the knuckle. Probably just as snappy as my previous custom X.

    This board feels very stable at speed and performed very well for me on park kickers going strait air. I don’t know how to spin yet so I can’t comment. I was able to stomp 30+ foot kickers as a progressing park rider which I never felt comfortable doing before on my previous boards. The stability gives you feeling of safety to go bigger.

    I feel like the magne traction give you some “middle edge” between the feet to work with when carving. I use to wash out on my old custom X and regular custom on speed runs all the time. The JDUB holds edge at blazing fast speeds and a simple effortless speed check can dump alot of speed and get you back into your comfort zone. I did feel it grab when I didnt want it too when conditions got very icy. It may be a whole different riding feel but you can get use to it after a few turns.