'10 Stepchild JibStick w/ Rome Targas
I've ridden them 3 times so far and I've got to say i am impressed. The board it great on the rails and even on the rest of the hill. The board has enough rigidity to get some speed, but flexes enough to let you press it out on your favorite box. I've landed 15' and 20' on this board with no problem. It has a thin layer of rubber to "absorb impact" but mainly i think it just is there to sound nice. And the design on the board is tight like Megan Fox. The only thing I don't like about this board is the shiny finish which snow sticks to like a fat kid to the couch. Boards such as the Rome Craft have an anti-stick feature which is actually really nice.
The bindings have a handy feature that keeps the straps out of the way when stepping in. They are very responsive, and have some cushioning to help with those times when you say to yourself "It sure is nice up here." Haha anyways great for the price. Plus they come in a ton of colors mine are white blue and green.
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good to hear a stepchild review. i just got the 2010 everything sucks and can't wait to ride it! :thumbsup:
Yeah I know when you hear so many people talking about lame brands like Lamar and rossignol you would think they would at least know what step child is. haha
i have the 09 Jibstick and besides graphics it's unchanged for this season. By far my favorite board in my quiver. I did a long review about it last season, and I was thinking about updating it 1+ season of riding.
Stepchild. Bigger hearts than brains...
ps. that rubber strip isn't just for shits and giggles. All good jib-specific boards have a softer material to help absorb rail landings. Compare that with the hard durometer (or none at all) for a backcountry board and you'll definitely notice a difference. It stops you from chattering off a rail right away, though to actually see it work you'd need a dope camera crew and some slow mo shots doing your thing on rails.
Another thing that stands out to me is the weight of this board. It is so thin, so lightweight, so poppy... It's definitely not a K2 WWWnoodle, this thing takes commitment to your trick and rewards you with a smooth flex pattern and a nice pop from that press.
Anyways, keep on keepin' on.
I can't wait for Joe Sexton Pro model. Will it just be a Jibstick with Struc-turn base and new (zombie fish monster) graphics? Or will it have different contruction and/or materials?
One thing is for sure: Stepchild stuck to making a beasty snowboard that can take anything you throw at it. They didn't overload it with internet-nerd tech and hype. They worked with their riders and ended up producing a board that is legendary.
Targas are killer bindings for sure, but not my first choice for a park binding.
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