Note: The picture quality really sucks because those cheap disposable cameras don't seem to work well in the dark, even with a flash.
On my earlier
skiboard review page, I compared Salomon SnowBlades to Dynastar Twins
and mentioned that I was leaning toward the Twins. (No, not the baseball
team... the skiboards.) As it turns out, I changed my mind and bought
a pair of Line Jedi 89's instead.
|Here's a picture of the Jedi 89's, taken with my Snappy video capture thing (when its battery was low).|
I bought my skiboards back in December 1998 at Crystal Ski and Patio (located
next to the Crystal Crashport, but now out of business.) I decided to go
with the Lines because I saw good reviews of them on the Internet.
I also liked their binding technology better than the Dynastar Twins --
they seemed to be a lot more solid. As it turns out, I wasn't disappointed.
|So far, I really like my Jedi 89's. They have the Freeblock bindings; I wanted to save a bit of cash, and the guy at Crystal Ski & Patio said they were a bit more adjustable anyway. (Not that it makes a lot of difference; both the Freeblock and the Freeflex binding system are a lot more adjustable than those on Salomon SnowBlades, for example.)|
|Here I am carving on the slopes at Afton Alps. Photo courtesy of Abraham Zapruder.|
These skiboards are a lot of fun and they're built really solidly.
They feel a lot more sturdy for tricks than my Sled Dogs ever did, and
they're a lot more stable.
|Here's the usual point-by-point review:
Carving: These things are AWESOME at carving -- they almost put
snowboards to shame.
|Here's a jump at Afton Alps, where it was impossible to get any speed before taking off. (Photo courtesy of Hal P. Warren.)|
Overall, I'm impressed with my Jedi 89's and I'd recommend them as a fine alternative to (or replacement for) Sled Dogs.
|Here I am doing a triple-double inverted liu kang misty flip. Or maybe I crashed. This may not even be me, come to think of it. (Photo courtesy of Allan Smithee.)|