Ski: 2017-2018 J Skis Whipit, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 164, 171, 178, 184 cm
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 181.6 cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 113-90-110
Blister’s Measured Weight: 1864, 1919 g
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm length): 20 meters
Core Construction: Maple + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Rubber Laminate + Fiberglass Laminate
Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Factory Recommended Line: -2 cm from center
Mount Location: -1 cm from true center
Boots / Bindings: Dalbello Il Moro T ID / Rossignol FKS 140
Days Skied: 11
Test Locations: Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin, CO
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 16/17 Whipit, which was not changed for 17/18 or 18/19, apart from graphics.]
I recently reviewed the Allplay from J Skis, and in certain ways, the Whipit is very similar to the Allplay. The Whipit is skinnier (90mm underfoot as opposed to the AllPlay’s 98mm waist), and maybe a touch stiffer throughout. It features a light swing weight and its soft tips and tails seemed like it would make for a fun, playful east-coast biased one-ski quiver.
Flex, Profile, & Graphics
Hand-flexing the ski reveals that the Whipit is medium-stiff underfoot, with softer tips and tails that feel a touch stiffer than the Allplay.
The Whipit’s camber / rocker profile appears to be fairly identical to the Allplay: a decent amount of camber underfoot with considerable symmetrical rocker in the tips and tails. Also, the tips and tails have a slight taper, which in turn helps keep swing weight lower than if the Whipit had a traditional sidecut.
The version of the Whipit we’ve reviewed pays homage to Masta Killa of the Wu Tang Clan. Of course, as with all of Jay’s skis, these graphics are limited edition, and the Whipit is available in a variety of different graphics.
I was pleasantly surprised by how comparatively stable the Whipit was, especially when contrasted with the Allplay; however, this statement doesn’t carry a ton of weight since the Allplay is not a very stable ski. The Whipit still doesn’t really hold a candle to very stable, competition-ready slopestyle skis like the Salomon NFX (the gold standard in this category), or the Armada AR7 (soon to be known as the ARV 86).
The Whipit is a fairly poppy ski with a light swing weight, so the ski requires little effort to initiate tricks.
Compared to the Allplay, I found that the Whipit had more recoil and allowed me to recover more quickly when I landed heavy on my tips landing switch, or heavy on my tails landing forward. So I tended to wash out less frequently on questionable landings. But still, I didn’t feel confident enough that I would land absolutely any trick that was relatively close, as I had when I was skiing the Salomon NFX. The tails are just a little soft for my taste, and that can be problematic when coupled with tail rocker. Of course, those tails also make for a surfy feel around the mountain, but a soft tail never really feels rock solid on jumps.
For example, the Kitten Factory Rayzr 95 (review forthcoming) feels better on big jumps with its significantly rockered tail, simply because it is a stiffer tail. The Rayzr 95’s stiffer tail gave me a bit more confidence that I wouldn’t flex out and lose a fight for a landed jump trick as often as I did on the Whipit, and, to a greater extent, the Allplay.
NEXT: Rails / Jibs, All-mountain Performance, Etc.