Shinnworld2 wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:47 am
Jackson 145 without pad - 4.1 kg (this is 300 grammes heavier than planned due to the construction change)
Thanks for posting all details about the boards Mark. However I have to disagree with you on the statement above. Since board comes with the pad permanently attached to it, why would you ever provide board weight without a pad?! It might work for Shinnster with pad sold separately, but not for Jackson
. 650 grams (1.4 lbs) weight increase is a deal breaker for many people.
While I'm on the topic, I can write a short review of 145 Jackson board, maybe it will be helpful for some people. I rode it once for 2 hours in conditions from well powered to light wind.
Board bounces off the water like nothing else I tried. I felt like it was impossible to nose dive on it. I purposely drove it down, but it always went right back up.
Very solid board, feels like it is going to last and survive all conditions. I had doubts about durability of foil attachment slits, but after seeing them in person they feel unbreakable.
The width is perfect, and with raised sides it feels like it is much less likely to catch the water with side edge.
Surface jibes are no problem, it has enough flotation and surface area.
I really like the pad and its raised sides. You can fell the board better during jibes and less likely to slip off it.
The weight. It weighs the same as 2016 Cabrinha double agent, which is a much bigger board. To be fair, it is not as noticeable while riding, but that is maybe because I'm used to Cabrinha weight already.
The nose is the same thickness as the main board (which is where the extra weight probably comes from). Usually nose is thinner on directional boards - not on Jackson. It gives it a bit outdated look. Even Cabrinha double agent with the same construction has thinner nose.
Straps attachment. It got worse from already odd configuration on Shinnster and El Stubbo. So many things, I have to split them into separate items:
Back strap has only one position for attachment (El Stubbo had 2). In spite of the pad having a hole for possibly 2 attachment positions, board has only 1 insert.
Back foot (in back strap position) is right over slits for foil attachment, out of which sticks out a big round metal nut. Naturally, those metal nuts are on both sides of the foot. They are flush with the pad, but not with the rest of the slit surface. As a result, you always have hard metal under both sides of your back foot, and you always feel it. Maybe you can get used to it in booties, but it would be uncomfortable barefoot.
Front straps have only one insert in the middle (again, El Stubbo had 3), so you are now forced to put 2 straps on 1 bolt if you want to have 2 straps up front.
2 Front straps are still more parallel to each than on ANY other board on the market (same as it was on El Stubbo), but with only one central insert they are closer together. With your foot in front strap, your toes almost always hit the opposite foot strap, which is pretty annoying.
Technically, there a 2 inserts/positions for front straps, but to give my foot a little bit more space I'm forced to attach front straps to outside inserts (giving it the widest possible strap attachment). That technically leaves only one position for the front foot straps as well.
Sorry that the bad list got much longer, it is really not bad board at all
. It just takes more space to describe what I mean in bad section.
Anyway, I'm torn now. I was eagerly awaiting for the arrival of Jackson boards, hopping they would be durable but lightweight boards, perfect for jumping. Now I'm thinking about other options or exchanging for 120cm. Mark, would you be able to help me to exchange 145 for 120 without paying extra? As I said, I already used my 145 Jackson once (with straps), so it probably has straps marks...