The Smokin MIP is one of those boards that does pretty well everywhere in the park but shines in the jib park. It’s stable between the feet and feels almost like a flat camber board. It’s fun to see a magnetraction board with flat to rocker tech and it’s a different approach to the mountain.
Conditions: Hard snow with some snowment and some softer patches too.
Boots: Burton Ion
Bindings: Union Contact Pro
Set Up: about 23″ wide 15 -15 back centered stance.
Approximate Weight: felt a bit heavy to bordering the medium side.
On Snow Feel: The ride felt very stable and very snappy/poppy on an ollie. Very easy to one foot and flat base.
Powder: No powder but I could see this being ok for the small sizes.
Turn Initiation and Carving: It was pretty easy edge to edge and not a hard board to turn by any means. It didn’t feel like it was super quick and snappy edge to edge but just easy. The board had pretty good grip but didn’t really have any spring out of a carve. I wasn’t really expecting that because this is more of a jib park board.
Speed: More speedy than I expected but still not a bomber board. Nice speed for a jib board.
Uneven Terrain: It felt a little angry when it hit bumpy uneven terrain like it’s kind of too damp. I was glad I had the shock absorbent Union bindings on.
Edge Hold: Really solid edge hold that’s pretty grippy but not as grippy as some of the aggressive Magnetraction side cuts I’ve tried. It can handle ice but it’s best in hard to medium conditions.
Flex: Pretty easy flex that when I tried it but it was a little stiff for a jib board. The flex softens up though over time.
Switch: Perfect either way.
Jibbing: Really easy jib board and it was not bad hitting small boxes and rails. I would like to see the board break in as I was one of the first to try it. I bet after a week or so of riding I would of liked the flex a little better.
Pipe: Didn’t take it in the pipe but the edges will hold.
Jumps: Moderately poppy and it snaps quickly if you hit the ollie quick. The board felt stable hitting the jumps and forgiving on landing what small kickers I hit.