Snowboard Review: 08-09 Rossignol JDub Mag
09 Jan, 2009
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.
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.
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.