List Price US $599
Lib Tech EJack Knife 2018 Snowboard Review
Overall Rating Liked it!
Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in USA by Mervin
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Mostly Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Good
Turning Experience Great
Carving Excellent
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel

Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Hard

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Icy Snow

Lib Tech EJack Knife 2018 Review by The Good Ride

The Lib Tech EJack Knife is one of those boards that shines on hard snow, loves to bomb and carve.  It’s a very aggressive board that requires you to be on your game at all times and doesn’t float super well in powder.  It also rides almost like a double ender on groomers and you don’t feel the taper as much as you would with boards like the Gnu Mullair. It’s a really fun ride for those that like full camber and all that aggressive spring it brings into your daily ride.

Size: 159
Days:  4+ days.  Hard PNW snow with some good patches, some softer wet snow and 1 foot to 1.5 feet of moderately thick PNW powder.
Conditions: Pretty firm Mt. Bachelor Snow with some good patches here and there for
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs) and Grant (Size 11, 150lbs 6’1″)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up
: 22″-22.5″ Centered 18 front -9 back

Approximate Weight:

Flex: Feels on the stiff side of medium for sure but as it breaks in it will probably get more on the medium side.

Sizing: Thought I wanted a 157 but the 159 worked well.

On Snow Feel: Very locked in and camber dominant is an understatement. It’s more like pretty much all bowed out camber.  I thought there might be some early rise in the Lib Tech EJack Knife like the Box Knife has in the tip/tail but my board didn’t.  It even seems like the bow of camber comes down abruptly at the tip and tail.  It felt very 2000’s which isn’t really a bad or good thing.  It’s more about what’s your thing.  If you want surfy then I’d probably go with the Mullair but if you want of a board that blurs the lines between All Mountain and Freeride then this could for sure work. You could call this Freeride or All Mountain and you would be right both times.

Edge Hold: Really strong grip that can handle hard days really well. All this camber and their middle mag (.5MTX I think) worked well together to provide a lot of grip. It’s really been refined over the years to not grab hard in softer snow.

Turn Initiation: The Lib Tech EJack Knife likes a straight line but can also go from edge to edge rather well. It’s not super quick and I felt it bordered on the medium side of med/fast.

Turning Experience: The healthy bow of camber that makes this locked in and full of consequence if you fuck up makes it a joy to turn.  The spring out of each turn was so rewarding and fun. It’s really fun to turn this board but I had the most fun making medium to wide turns.  It didn’t get washy either and it almost doesn’t feel like it’s got 8mm of taper.

Carving: Loved laying it over and seeing what it can do. You can carve on almost any kind of board (even continuous rocker) but this is the kind of board that makes carving fun.

Skidded Turns: Scary to skid turns or get off your game and skid out.  The Lib Tech EJack Knife felt like it wanted to make you pay if you got off your game.

Speed: Bombs really well and felt pretty damp. Also the base has a lot of natural glide along cat tracks. It works well for those that might not always wax their board.

Uneven Terrain: Not super easy to weave in and out of bumps and after 3 days I still haven’t been able to get into a rhythm when I’m there.

Powder: The Lib Tech EJack Knife has a tapered tail and you can get 6″ back on board with a 22.75″ stance width. So in about 1 foot to 1.5 feet of PNW powder I felt like I had to be vigilant with my back foot pressure to keep that nose up and I thought this would float better. I set it all the way back at almost 6″ with a 22.5″ stance width and it felt like the nose was pointing down like a chub but not a full on boner.  Not a soft cock either but just not where I’d like it to be for powder riding these days. If this was the all camber 2000’s I would of been fine with this and would of felt it would of been better than many rides out there. If you like camber boards in powder you will find this a very good ride.  I compared it against the Loaded Algernon and Yes PYL.  The Yes PYL didn’t even feel like it was trying to float and the Algernon was not quite as good as the PYL but had a good bit more float than the EJack. It felt also like the nose wanted to be a part of the turn and didn’t like if I was trying to turn off the back leg.  It wanted to go straight more than turn in this thicker powder and didn’t like weaving through messy off piste bumps to get to the un-tracked stuff.  It was rather thick grabby stuff so it might be another story in the light stuff. If you know how to keep your speed and get a good plane going then this could be fun but if you want effortless modern float then this won’t be the call.

Buttering: I could butter off the tail better than I thought or maybe physical therapy made my back leg stronger.

Switch: The Lib Tech EJack Knife surprised us here.  It’s no true twin but it did much better than we thought a tapered directional board like this would be. It feels a bit lopsided but you can easily get used to it.

Jumps: If you are all about a strong snappy ollie and there will be lot’s of air in return. It just likes to pop.

Jibbing: Nofuckingway. Not brand new but maybe after the flex mellows out.

Pipe: The Lib Tech EJack Knife seems like it would be a really fun board in the pipe but the pipe isn’t ready so not 100%.

So all in all the Lib Tech EJack Knife is a great board for those that love full camber rides. While it might not be the best choice for those that see a lot of deep thick powder it really shines for those that see lots of hard snow and are looking to go hard and just annihilate groomers.

 
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