- Price: £400 / €460
- Lengths: 144, 148, 151, 153, 154W, 155
- Flex: 2
- Profile: Flat
- Shape: True Twin
With both Helgason brothers having pro models on Lobster (it’s their brand, after all), there’s no shortage of decent park sticks in the line-up. However, for the truly obsessive rail fiends out there, the Lobster Jib Board is perhaps still the go-to.
Last year the Lobster Jib Board got its most significant tweak in years, with a flat profile replacing the traditional camber. Of course, it’s not truly flat, as like all Lobsters it features Triple Base Technology.
"For the truly obsessive rail fiends out there, the Lobster Jib Board is perhaps still the go-to"
This particular blend features a wider centrebase, so it can be pressed on ledges and boxes with ease, but the lifted side-base sections at each end make it far less likely (even compared to a standard flattie) that you’ll catch an edge on a rail and eat metal.
Elsewhere it’s got everything you’d want a good jibstick to have; soft flex profile, shorter sizing, biax fibreglass and a tough-as-nails extruded base. Fans of colour co-ordination can by it complete with matching Switchback bindings, but any pair that’s on the soft side will suit this.
You wouldn’t want to launch off the biggest booters in the park while riding this, but beech strips laid through the otherwise full-poplar core give you a bit more pop when you need to get up on a rail. Simply put, the Lobster Jib Board is for jibbin’.
“As its name suggests, this board is crafted for jibbing; it’s soft in the nose and tail for pressing and butters, and slightly stiffer in between the bindings for stability on rails and popping of jumps and rollers.
"It’s soft in the nose and tail for pressing and butters, and slightly stiffer in between the bindings for stability on rails and popping of jumps and rollers"
The Jib Board’s flex and shape make it super easy to ride, and with the edges slightly raised it’s much less easy to catch and edge. It’s therefore perfect for riders looking for their first board, as well as advanced park rats.
What I enjoyed most about this board is that it’s not trying to cover too many bases. You know immediately what it's going to be good at, and what it's not, so you can get on it and push it straight away."