Hello and welcome to my Rossignol Jibsaw Heavy Duty review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Jibsaw Heavy Duty as an aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Jibsaw Heavy Duty a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Note: 2020 was the last model of the Jibsaw Heavy Duty – it has now been replaced by the Jibsaw Elite – the Jibsaw Elite is virtually the same board, just with a different name, for the 2021 model, so this review applies to the 2021 Jibsaw Elite, but I won’t be updating it unless I ride the Jibsaw Elite, in which case I’ll add it as a separate review.
Board: Rossignol Jibsaw Heavy Duty
Price: $549 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Stiff (9/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 78.7/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 17 men’s aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 85.0/100
- The highest score was 92.0/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 78.7/100
- The average price was $541
- The Jibsaw Heavy Duty ranked 17th out of 17
Overview of the Jibsaw Heavy Duty’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Jibsaw Heavy Duty’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle||Flex||Medium-Stiff (7/10)|
|Ability Level||Upper Intermediate to Advanced||Feel||Stable|
|Weight||Heavier side of normal||Turn Initiation||Medium-Fast|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (60% camber 40% rocker)||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Icy snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||252||253||263||264|
|Weight Range (lbs)||130-180||135-185||140-195||150-210+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||59-82||61-84||64-88||70-95+|
Who is the Jibsaw Heavy Duty Most Suited to?
The Jibsaw Heavy Duty is best for anyone who likes to ride the park but also wants to be able to ride the rest of the mountain – and be able to do so in a freestyle way – finding natural jumps and features along the way, riding switch etc. But also for someone who wants a bit more stiffness than you would normally get from an all-mountain-freestyle deck.
It’s also a great board in icy/hard snow conditions, so if you tend to be in those types of conditions a lot and like to ride that aggressive all-mountain-freestyle way, then this is a great choice.
The Jibsaw Heavy Duty in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Jibsaw Heavy Duty is capable of.
Board: Rossignol Jibsaw Heavy Duty 2018, 157cm (253mm waist width)
Date: April 9, 2017
Conditions: Mix of sun and cloud. Perfect visibility all day. Snow was also perfect for demoing – soft packed in most places, with some powder to be found but also some harder spots in places too. Not slushy which is rare this time of year. Quite cold too, especially first thing in the morning.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
A note on flex. This board is rated a 9/10 by Rossignol – but I definitely wouldn’t agree there. It’s a little stiffer than the Rossignol One (which they rate a 7/10 but I’d say more a 6/10) but certainly not a 9/10. I would say 7/10 is more accurate.
The flex is also stiffer tip and tail and directly under the feet and softer between the feet.
But you can still butter this board – but you do have to work a bit harder and be a little bit stronger with that extra stiffness in the tip and tail.
It’s not really a board made for powder – but like any snowboard, you can take it in there – just that it’s harder work to keep your nose from sinking, compared with other boards made for the powder.
So not the board to use for your “seeking out powder day”, but for little pockets of powder it was fine.
Carving & Turning
This board was quite nice to turn on. Despite the extra stiffness it was still relatively maneuverable at slower speeds and you could definitely carve on it with a bit of speed.
Compared to the Rossi One, which I also rode on the same day, it preferred tighter radius turns
It was quite quick from edge-to-edge and the edge hold on harder spots was awesome and gave me real confidence to ride through those areas.
Despite it’s extra stiffness, this was quite a forgiving ride for skidding turns.
This board can handle a bit of speed. That extra stiffness compared with your average all-mtn-free board helped there I think.
It’s got a nice sintered base that glided over the flats nicely too.
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It wasn’t amazing in uneven terrain, but it wasn’t bad either.
For jumps this thing is pretty fun. It’s not ultra-poppy but it’s got a good bit of pop to it – but again you had to work for that pop. Landings are very stable and with that extra stiffness, this board is really good for those that like to hit large jumps.
It’s pretty good to spin as well.
This board is nice for riding switch – which you would expect with a true twin and centered board. Whilst it’s stiffer than your average twin, it was still easy enough to ride switch, so long as you’ve got some ability there – but if you skid your turns riding switch you can get away with it.
I prefer a softer board for jibbing personally – but despite the flex, it was still something you can definitely get onto jibs on – with a name like Jibsaw, you’d think it would be more of a jib board – but I would say it’s better down the jump line than the jib line – but if you like your jibbing on a stiffer board, then it could work well for you there.
I didn’t take it into the pipe – but it’s got the specs for it, that’s for sure. It’s got great grip in harder snow, it’s a centered twin, it’s nice and stable, has good pop and a fast base.
Changes from the 2019 Model
As far as I can the 2020 model is identical to the 2019 model. The board has been the same for several years now.
Changes from the 2018 Model
As far as I can tell there haven’t been any major changes for the 2019 model compared to the 2018 model.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The 2018 model is virtually the same as the 2017 model except for the graphic.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||78.7/100|
Overall the Jibsaw Heavy Duty is an OK aggressive all-mountain-freestyle option, particularly for anyone who likes to ride something a little stiffer and tends to ride in hard/icy conditions a lot.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about Rossi’s Jibsaw Heavy Duty, are ready to buy or want to research size availability and current prices, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Jibsaw Heavy Duty compares to other aggressive all-mtn-freestyle boards or check out some other options in this category, check out the next link.