The Rossignol Jibsaw is a pretty fun freestyle board that can do more than just jib. It’s a pretty balanced park to Mountain ride and the more we ride it the more we like it. It’s especially great for the price point and for those that see hard conditions. The only thing we would like to see from this board is a little more pop but it’s very good for the price point.
So I dyslexified the rocker/camber amount. It’s 60% camber and 40% rocker. I’d still like to see a little higher camber but I think that’s a good mix of camber and rocker.
The Jibsaw is not without flaws but one of the reasons we like this so much for hard snow is really two reasons:
- There is massive edge hold between the feet with this Magnetraction tech similar to what Lib Tech and Gnu (Mervin) have with their full Mag.
- The camber between the feet makes it very stable for flat basing and one footing off the chair.
The combo of the camber ending shortly after the binding and the magnetraction makes for one of the best rides you can find in harder snow.
Conditions: Really good spring conditions to really bad spring conditions with hard icy snow in the morning going to shitty slush in the afternoon.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Matt, Jack,
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial, Burton Rover,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis,
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back approx 23″ wide
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal.
Flex: Its got an easy flex to it across the board that can play in the park well but also enough flex to be fun on the mountain.
On Snow Feel: Like we said before this is very stable between the feet and the Rossignol Jibsaw doesn’t really do that auto spin thing on you like many hybrid rocker and rocker boards do. That’s what makes it such a fun hard snow board because it feels the same underfoot in all conditions.
Edge Hold: Girps better than almost any board with this flex out of the wrapper than any other board we have tried. It just doesn’t want to let go which is a great thing in hard snow. I’ve talked to so many people that felt they got injured because their board had no edge hold and slid out from underneath them.
Turn Initiation: It’s a quick turner and its where you want it to be when you need it to be. You can make quick to wider radius turns and it responds well.
Skidded Turns: 60% camber is fine for skidding your turns and the 40% helps you to skid out without catching an edge.
Carving: You can rail a pretty good turn with the Rossignol Jibsaw. I was surprised at what it can do regular and switch. It’s not super springy out of the turn but once the edge is set it’s set and it will take you to the end of the turn without sliding out in most conditions. It’s a great carving twin for hard snow.
Speed: It’s not a bomber but there is enough dampness to have fun on the mountain without it getting too chattery in the tip/tail.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good in uneven terrain and it can handle messy snow pretty well. It does grab a bit in softer snow which can bother some while it doesn’t with others.
Powder: If you want a board you can set back then the One Magtek will work way better. This is a board for keeping it centered and riding switch when you get it deep. Centered stance Twins like this are not made to be set back much or at all. Still it floats well for it’s size and specs.
Switch: The only thing better is an asymmetrical board. It’s very easy either way.
Jibbing: Even though it has the name Jibsaw we didn’t feel this was the strongest part about the ride. It felt more like a stronger board off jumps and the pipe but still its a pretty accomplished jibber.
Pipe: Man if you keep the edges sharp this is a really confidence inspiring ride. It’s the kind of board we’d personally like to lap the pipe with.
Jumps: Probably our biggest complaint about the Jibsaw is it’s lack of pop for a 60% camber board. We would like to see some new tech in there that would improve the spring but not add to the price. Still it’s a good board for hard snow kickers because it will allow you to set your edge better than most boards. It also isn’t going to let go as easy as rocker boards will when the landing get’s a bit off and you land tail heavy.
All in all this board gives you serious edge hold and stability in hard snow and our humble opinion feel is probably the most important thing to consider in hard snow. There are many boards I’d choose before this one in medium to good snow but not many that I would in harder to icy snow.
2016 Rossignol Jibsaw Review
2015 Rossignol Jibsaw Review
Riders: James, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Hail, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Union Contact Pro
Set Up: Centered approx 23″ wide 15 front and 15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal.
On Snow Feel: Nice stable fun ride in any condition. Very consistent in all conditions and the kind of board you can take out of the park even though it’s most comfortable in the park.
Turn Initiation: Nice quick easy turn Initiation. Before the Jibsaw felt a little twitchy but now it feels much smoother and more fun to turn. It’s nice and quick edge to edge.
Flex: Fun snappy flex that is easy to butter without being too easy.
Edge Hold: Grips really well and it’s really strong in hard to icy snow.
Powder: No powder but it was fine in slush and it seems to have a pretty big/long nose/tail. So for a smaller twin this can float well.
Carving: What surprised me here is there is enough camber going on to make this a fun board carve. Yeah it grips like a champ but that’s only one component to carving. The board isn’t amazing but it surprised me how good it was for a board with jib in it’s name.
Speed: Not bad at moderate speeds but it’s not a long run mountain bomber.
Uneven Terrain: Really quick and easy through bumpy snow.
Switch: True twins are easy switch.
Jumps: The Rossignol Jibsaw Popped well enough on an ollie but didn’t wow us. It didn’t really have boundless pop though and felt a little on the middle range of the pop spectrum. We’d love to see more pop but its very stable approaching a kicker and forgiving on the landing.
Jibbing: Jimbo’s description summed it up. He felt like the board was magnetized when on rails and boxes. It was really fun. Even for me it felt confidence inspiring.
Pipe: We couldn’t get in the pipe the days we had this but it seems like it would be a lot more fun than past models. It’s less twitchy now. It would be a forgiving but grippy board in the pipe even if the edges are a little dull. It’s more of a jib board but if you didn’t de-tune the edges it would be really fun for lapping the pipe.
So all in all we feel that for some reason we liked the 2015 model a lot more than past models and it’s now a fun recommendable board.
2014 to 2012 Rossignol Jibsaw Review
The Rossignol Jibsaw in a lot of ways is a return to the Camber Rossignol Retox of 2009 but with a little twist. It has better materials, magnetraction, is sized up a bit and has a slight bit of rocker at the ends. The Jibsaw isn’t for everyone but could make riders that are looking for a poppy playful jib board with great edge hold. We didn’t notice a difference between the 2013 and 2014 Jibsaw.
Size: 155 and 153
Conditions: Soft to hard almost icy snow
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Stephen
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Burton Ambush, Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Cartel,Burton Genesis, Union Contact Pro, Burton Malavita
Set Up: Centered Stance, 23″ wide, 15 front -15 back. Stephen was at 24
On Snow Feel: The 155 had a very camber dominant feel here and it felt catchy. It’s stable one footing and flat basing but it had a catchy feel to it. All of us felt like it could be very easy to catch an edge. It’s name is the Jib Saw and it’s all about jibbing.
Powder: Nope. Not happening when it came to powder due to it’s mostly camber shape, centered stance and slightly smaller than average size ride.
Turn Initiation and Carving– The Jibsaw is incredibly easy to turn, very light and quick to the point where it was almost twitchy. After riding all those mostly rocker hybrid camber boards our crew felt it was a little catchy and everyone felt like they needed to be on their game when turning around the mountain. After riding all those mostly rocker hybrid camber boards our crew felt it was a little catchy and everyone felt like they needed to be on their game. This is a lot of fun for the right kind of rider in the jib park. Carving out a turn was ok but not great. The edge hold was there but it was missing something.
Speed:It isn’t terrible if you want to straight line but it’s a smaller board that was a bit chattery for our weight. It has nice park acceleration so if you are going from jib to jib you will be more than happy.
Uneven Snow– It’s ok here. You would think it would be better here but it’s not as easy as other jib boards.
Approximate Weight– Light and easy on the foot.
Edge Hold: If you ride Icy parks you will love the Jibsaw because with sharp new edges it feels like it has limitless grip.
Flex: There is a little strengh in the flex and this is no noodle.
Switch: This is a true twin so it’s very easy to ride switch.
Jibbing– Very quick and easy when it comes to the jib park. The characteristics that made the Jibsaw not so great on the mountain make it rather good in the park. If you want to go big this will help you.
Pipe: It’s always fun to have a board with this much edge hold in the pipe. We had fun climbing the pipe walls and felt this was just a bit above average.
Jumps: Pretty fun to generate your own air. We liked to ollie around the mountain on this playful poppy board. If you like to lap the jump park this isn’t a bad board for getting a good spring off the lip and spinning when you do. However it’s more for an expert technical jump rider.
All in all the Jibsaw was a fun quiver board for those that want to take a very technical approach to the park and love the way camber feels. This isn’t for everyone but some will really like it.
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