There aren't any/many reviews of this board, partially because it is so hard to find. Well, I found one and have been riding it for the last month or so.
One word can sum it up: AMAZAZING. This stick RIPS. 153cm, R.E.T.T., 6mm of rocker, Armadillo plates, etc etc etc.
I looked at K2 WWW, Jib Boxscratcher, Skatebanana, Artifacts, etc. I determined I wanted to support the independent companies, and I narrowed it down between a LIB and the Stepchild. I read some reviews, and talked with some friends who are diehard Lib-fanatics. Then I met some cat up in Steamboat who had a JibStick and that pretty much made up my mind. I hunted around and found one on eBay from a shop selling off its last one.
Seriously, I might
have gotten the last Jib Stick for the 08/09 season. I had been looking for so long, called all of Stepchild's distributors in CA, and it was this shop's last board in all their stores.
Ok, on with it....
This thing took a day to get used to. I rode it when it was dumping fresh pow and it actually handled that with NO problem. As I expected, being a rocker board and everything. It floats awesome, and its not a complete noodle.
On the choppier groomed stuff, the R.E.T.T. really stops you from pulling some hard carves. Other than that, its stiff enough to control while having fun outside of the park.
On jibs, this thing really comes alive (of course). One of the things I did when I got the board was de-tune the base. Right out of the box, new boards come with pretty awesome wax jobs. I dunno about anyone else, but I get rid of that shit (on my jib boards). I got the base sanded a couple of passes with a base belt sander (at any decent repair shop). Then I took it out and "fine tuned" it on a stone ledge/wall concentrating on certain areas like the tips for pressing, etc.
Got it back on the hill and it rode awesome. And has ever since.
I've done a couple of sessions with this board now, and it has never disappointed me. I just recently sessioned a box with some cats up at Mt High, and of the boards representing there, it was like the U.N. of jib boards. K2 WWW, some Lib Bananas, Artifact 1985, etc. The LIBs and the K2 were actually softer and easier to butter on the box we were hitting. But that's something I kinda like about the Stepchild... it is slightly stiffer, giving it (to me) more control... especially hitting a long jib with some speed.
One of the best things about this board is its weight. It is SO LIGHT. UNHHHHHHHHH. I ride with RIDE Contrabands and together they combine into the lightest thing ever. It is pretty awesome, and great for an old dinosaur like me (25). I can't do half the things that I used to do at 17/18, but that's why i still jib, and with this board I feel like I have been better than ever (albeit a little less willing to rack myself hard on some insane shit...).
I have included some choice photos in the later half just to show off how much steez this board has.
This is me before:
And this is me after the Stepchild Jib Stick:
I'm busting 5 knots, wind whipping at my coat. You can't touch me motherfucker 'cause I'm on a boat!
Pressssssssss it out.
FS 180 switch tailpress to 180 out.
All-in-all this board is awesome. It is at home on rails, boxes, ledges, and tree stumps. It can float deep pow when you want to get out and enjoy nature outside of the park, and don't want to grab your other board. It can handle itself on some kickers, tabletops, hips, and back country drops. It does have some edge on the tips for ice, though the only thing that limits its all-mountain shredding ability is the R.E.T.T. But on the plus side, I'm a lot less likely to catch an edge on a rail or anything else for that matter.
Score: 11 out of 10
. A great jibbing addition to your quiver (if you can find one), but it is by no means supposed to be a one-board-does-it-all-wonder.