Ski: 2014-2015 SCOTT Jib TW, 178cm
Dimensions (mm): 114-86-108
Turn Radius: 16 meters
Mount Location: -1 cm from true center
Test Locations: Stratton, Mount Snow, Park City Mountain Resort
Days Skied: 14
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Jib TW, which was not changed for 13/14, 14/15, or 15/16 except for the graphics.]
Tom Wallisch has become one of the dominant slopestyle skiers in the sport. His doubles on park jumps are about as smooth as they come, and his rail ability is virtually unmatched. Versatility has propelled him to stardom, so one would expect that his first pro model ski, the SCOTT Jib TW, would be built with versatility in mind.
To me, that means it would be light, dexterous, and loaded with pop to match his rail game, while still remaining solid and stable for when he’s launching double corks over the 80-foot-plus tables at the X-Games each January.
(OK, well, I may have just described an unattainably perfect ski.)
Yet SCOTT uses somewhat vague language to describe the Jib TW (phrases like “quick, responsive, and snappy” or “its lightweight wood core gives it pop off jumps”), while highlighting in detail just three features of the ski: a “Twin-Tip Rocker,” a “3Dimension Sidecut,” and a Sandwich Sidewall Construction Laminate.
So I was curious to see just how versatile the Jib TW is (that is, how well it performs in different facets of park skiing), especially in regard to these three features.
Rails / Jibs
Unsurprisingly, the Jib TW excels on rails and jibs. The soft flex and low swing weight make it easy to toss the ski around and perform quick maneuvers on and off of jib features. While executing spins onto and off of rails, the Jib TW felt more like an extension of my body. Never cumbersome, the ski felt active and ready to do whatever I needed it to, and quickly.
Like the Bluehouse Antics, the light and snappy nature of the ski gave old tricks vibrance and gave me confidence to learn new tricks. I was able to learn switch 270s on to down rails to my unnatural spinning direction much more quickly than I expected to, and 450s out of rails felt less forced.
Simply put, skiing rail lines at Park City was a blast on this ski.
Spinning on to and off of rails and performing switch-ups are made effortless by the Jib TW’s light weight, and the soft flex pattern makes butters and presses feel just as easy. Still, I was hoping for more help with butters and surface switch-ups from the Jib TW’s “Twin-Tip Rocker.”
The early rise in the tips and tails of the “Twin-Tip Rocker” was so minimal I hardly even noticed it. The slight rocker brings the ski’s contact points only a few centimeters closer to the center of the ski, and, as a result, the Jib TW feels marginally shorter than its labeled 178cm length. Still, I felt as though the difference was negligible, especially compared to other rockered park skis with more significant early rise, like the Moment Vice or the Armada Halo. Again, this was particularly apparent when doing butters (which required a bit more effort than expected) and surface switch-ups, where I would catch my tips and tails more often than I anticipated with the twin-tip rocker.
The Nordica Helldorado—like the Nordica Patron—is an excellent ski in consistent conditions. Issues arose for us, however, the more variable things got. Find out if these skis sound like a good fit for you.
For former D-1 ski racer & park rat turned comp skier, Hannah Follender, the Patron performs excellently when doing what it was designed for—groomers, powder, tight trees, and jibbing.