|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack 2023 - 2022 Review by The Good Ride
Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack Snowboard Video and Written Review
Welcome to all that is helpful for average riders and the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack Snowboard Review.
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Super floaty. Turns quickly. Loves slower speed articulate turns.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not a high speed hard carver.
The Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack has a slightly set forward camber profile that takes a little getting used to but once you do it’s a fun ride.
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Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
Borrowed this for a 1 day demo and gave it back.
Size: 158.5 CM or 5’2”
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton Nasa Coaches Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Tech Leather Glove
Set-Up: 20” Wide but then switched to 21”. Sance Angles +27/+9 back. I was almost maxed out stance width wise.
The Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack felt pretty normal for its size and surface area. Not too light and not to heavy. The (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
I didn’t mention this in the review but I did feel a bit on the heavy side for the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack at 190lbs right after I wake up and take a steamy piss. It fit my size 9 boots really well. It seems better for 9-10 sized boots so you have a very drag free and floaty ride. You could easily go bigger boot size wise but it might not have the same feel as described in this review.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack is a pretty set back, very tapered directional kind of ride. You ride this with your back foot very near the tail and it likes back foot weight for sure. You can also drive off the front foot with a pretty positive stance angle set up.
The camber profile is set forward a bit but there is still early rise before the nose. In the back it goes from camber before the inserts to flat to rocker. It has a unique feel (not good or bad, just different) that took me a run or two to get used to coming from the massive Megafish.
Between the feet the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack is medium-stiff. The nose is really soft and the tail is medium bordering on medium-soft. This butters super easy. The construction of this and all Elevated boards is a great balance between being poppy and being damp. So even though this isn’t an ultra-damp bomber you don’t get bucked around as much as you would think for this flex in uneven messy snow.
The Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack has a pretty fast base but it isn’t that ultra-fast super easy gliding base you get from some at this price point. The nose really clown shoes when you point it in uneven snow and you can feel it slapping the snow as it bounces up and down. Surprisingly it doesn’t mess too much with what is happening between the feet. You don’t want to go fast with the Whiskey Jack. It was best for me to slow down and keep it mellow.
Pretty competent grip here with the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack. Not a hard to icy snow specialist but competent for sure.
So when I first got on the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack I was coming from the Megafish and before that the Soul Shift. Both of those boards really like harder higher speed carves and turns. I really had to adjust my riding style and found that if I slowed down and focused more on making a clean articulate turn like with many Gentemstick and Moss Snowstick models the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack started to come alive.
Another thing that took a few runs to dial in was trying to figure out how to weight into the flat to rocker section that happens in the middle of the back inserts as well. Once both of those things came together I started to have a lot of fun. This is a pretty quick turning board that likes slaloming through tight spots like on a tree run and it also really likes across the groomer carves to circle carves.
I didn’t get any powder (wish I did) but you can tell this will be a very easy floater. There is soo much nose happening, a good bit of taper and -9.75” back from center of board with a 20” stance width. I would have no problem leaning back into the tail to wheelie up the nose to play around in really deep snow. I’d rather be on the Megafish on the ultra deep days but I’d be happier on the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack in 2 feet of powder in the trees.
So the Elevated Surf Craft Whiskey Jack is for sure a unique but fun board to ride. It took me a few runs to understand how it wanted me to ride It but once I did it was a fun way to get on the snow. This won’t be for every snowsurfer but some will really get into it.
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