Board: 2017 Lobster Jib Board
Type: Freestyle Twin
Camber Option: Regular Camber with 3BT (three dimensional base shape)
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Resort: High Cascade Summer Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Granular slush, sunny skies, and a well manicured terrain park
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The Lobster Jib Board is a flexible and playful ride that, as the name suggests, is a lot of fun on rails and jibs. Soft flex and regular camber make it a great board for presses and technical rail tricks, providing nice flex zones and some decent pop.
Carving: Maneuverability and playfulness are the first to words that come to mind; it is really quick edge to edge and a lot of fun throwing around mellow and mildly aggressive carves. The 3BT gave a slightly different feel at first, but wasn’t even noticeable after the first lap.
Edge Hold: Pretty average, but solid edge hold from this one. In most conditions the board would flex and wash out before your edge slips from aggressive carving.
Flex: Soft and consistent through the entire length of the board; rated 2 out of 10 by Lobster.
Stability: The tradeoff for focusing on tall presses and playful butters is sacrificing stability, and the Jib Board is no exception. You’ll want to focus on keeping your weight centered, because the stability is limited if you find yourself leaning over the tip or tail.
Butters: Great flex zones and the 3BT work together to make butter tricks a lot of fun. Lean a little over the tip and the board responds quickly with a nice press, it also has a catch free feel as you’re sliding in any direction across the snow.
Jibbing: Lobster went all out on this boards design to bring together all the tech you would want in your ideal jibbing snowboard, lets break it down. A regular camber profile brings some liveliness and pop, Jib 3BT provides a wide center base with uplifted edges to make sure you don’t catch, and they gave it a nice soft flex so you can rest easy knowing that your presses are on point.
Jumps: I had good time playing around on the small and medium sized jumps at High Cascade on this guy, as a general rule of thumb I would say keep it mellow and fun on jumps. Don’t be a hero.
Pop/Snap: Surprisingly poppy compared to my expectations. This board has got the goods to hit some pretty big features, but it probably isn’t the best candidate for a high ollie contest.
Recommendations: This has the potential to be a great board for any rider, including beginners. It is designed to be a great jib board and is guaranteed to please when it comes to hitting rails, however as a side effect it is playful and forgiving making it a solid choice for beginners too. Use this board to up your jib game and learn a few new tricks, or use it to feel out everything in between, either way you’re probably going to have a good time on the Lobster Jib Board.
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