In the Air & the Park / Jumps & Landings
Alex: I was able to take the Jeffrey through the park a few times, and when I wasn’t in the park, I was playing all around Taos on them. So this section considers the results from both park and all-mountain jibbing / jumping.
My first impression with the Jeffrey was that it had a medium amount of pop. For comparison, I remember my first run on my 181 Rossignol Sickles a couple years ago. Out of the box, those skis felt extremely lively and poppy. Loading up the tail to ollie off of a mogul felt very natural, and it was really easy to ollie over anything. Compared to the Sickle, the Jeffrey feels a bit more dampened.
The Jeffrey 114s feel comfortable in the air. After one run through the park to get the speed right, I felt perfectly comfortable flipping and spinning them.
Their swing weight is not especially light, but this is not a small ski to be taking into the park. I would say that their swing weight feels as expected—i.e., average—for this type of ski. I’m looking forward to jumping them some more, but so far, they have treated me well in the air.
(After skiing switch with these here and there for a couple runs, I do have a recommendation. Mounted on the line, it felt like I had to push the nose around a little bit too much when I was carving switch. I think moving the bindings +1 or +2 from recommended would solve this completely.)
As every jibber knows, even the most mundane ski run can be a blast if there is a cat track interrupting it. Butters, presses, nollies, and taps can make great days out of so-so conditions.
And this was definitely the case with the Jeffreys. I was very impressed by how easy it was to lean into a nose butter with these skis. I could easily put my weight into the soft nose of the ski, then actually hold it for a second, and control the pop out.
Nose butter threes were soooo much fun with these skis. By quick comparison, both my Rossignol Sickles, and K2 Recoils (park skis) feel just a little squirrely when I get my body weight up on the nose of the ski. The Jeffrey 114 felt way more in control.
I want to be clear here, the Jeffrey’s buttering capabilities do not mean that this is a noodly ski by any stretch of the imagination. What I’m saying is that once you press out past the stiffer underfoot section of the ski, you can easily work with and control the flex in a way that I haven’t experienced on other skis.
How solid do they feel when you land? All this mention of the Jeffrey’s soft nose and tail might cause some concern for readers thinking about landing stability.
But I honestly didn’t have a problem with landings. The stiffness underfoot + the width of the ski inspire confidence when putting down the landing gear. However, I expect that if you land way backseat or way forward, the skis probably will wash out on you.
• 186cm ON3P Jeffrey 114 vs. 186cm Blizzard Gunsmoke
Jonathan: First things first – the Jeffrey 114 looks like a bigger ski than the Gunsmoke, because it is. The 186 Gunsmoke is 183.4cm long, while the Jeffrey 114 is 186.8cm. And the Jeffrey has wider tips & tails.
Will Brown and Jason Hutchins have written really well about the Gunsmoke, and we are going to have to do a dedicated ‘Vs.’ review – Gunsmoke vs. the Jeffrey 114, because this is a very direct comparison (cf. their respective widths, tip & tail splay, and flex patterns).
The thing that impressed me a lot about the 186 Gunsmoke was how good of a carver it is – it is easy to bend, and it holds an edge well. And I recall that the Gunsmoke was still willing to let you drive the shovels when carving, more than the Jeffrey 114.
I don’t have that much time on the 186cm Gunsmoke, but I will say that if you offered me a choice of either the 186 Gunsmoke or the 186 Jeffrey, I’d take the Jeffrey—for hard & fast all-mountain skiing. (I have a strong suspicion that the 193cm Gunsmoke—which has a beefier flex pattern than the 186cm Gunsmoke—would be the better fit for me.)
Anyway, we’ll hopefully get Alex on the Gunsmoke soon, and get Will Brown or Jason Hutchins on the Jeffrey 114 to get their take.
•190cm Moment Blister Pro vs. 186 ON3P Jeffrey 114
When sizing up the 184cm Blister Pro against the 190cm Blister Pro and the 186cm Jeffrey 114, the 190cm Blister Pro / 15-16 Bibby Pro is the more direct comparison, based off of their respective lengths and dimensions. The 184cm Blister Pro is much shorter than the 186 Jeffrey.
190cm Moment Blister Pro – Actual Length: 188.1cm; Measured Dimensions: 142-118-133; Weight: 2393 & 2372 grams
186cm ON3P Jeffrey 114 – Actual Length: 186.8cm; Measured Dimensions: 141-114-133; Weight: 2211, 2208 grams
A) Once upon a time, ON3P skis all seemed to reside on the heavy end of the spectrum. But for the 2015-2016 season, ON3P is using a new bamboo material that is, according to them, “10%” lighter.
All I know is that the Jeffrey 114 is lighter than the Gunsmoke, and much lighter than the 190cm Blister Pro.
B) While many of us at Blister have sung the praises of the Bibby Pro / Blister Pro for years, and given it the title of “playful charger,” it is probably fair to say that the ski skews a little more toward the ‘charger’ side of things than the ‘playful’ side—especially if by “playful” you mean “good at tricking.”
The 186cm Jeffrey 114 is definitely more playful in this sense than the 15/16 Bibby (14/15 Blister Pro). The 190 Bibby is more stable, is much more tolerant of a drive-the-shovels style, and has stiffer, more supportive (and in that sense) more forgiving tails.
But nobody we know is taking the 190cm Bibby into the park, while Alex has already vouched for the Jeffrey 114’s performance in the park. The more you’re looking to nose butter or tail press, the more it seems that the Jeffrey 114 is the better tool for the job.
So if the Bibby is a playful charger, the Jeffrey with its softer tips & tails and more forward mount point, is a ski that strikes a more even balance of ‘trick or charge’.
Who’s It For?
If you like the sound of the 190 Bibby and its reported stability, but are concerned that it may be a bit more ski than you want as you’re tricking around the mountain, then the ON3P Jeffrey 114 seems pretty ideal.
Alex: So far, I love this ski. The soft-ish tails take a couple of runs to get used to, and I personally would prefer the mount +1 or +2 from recommended. That being said, this ski is a superb all-mountain performer with a playful attitude. So if you like to play around the mountain but want to have the option to occasionally charge some lines, I give the 186 Jeffrey 114 a strong recommendation.
Jonathan: The 186cm Jeffrey 114 is a really fun ski, whether you’re tricking it or not. And given that the closest comparison I can think of is to one of my favorite skis of all time, I suppose that counts as very high praise.
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