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  1. #1
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    J Skis Discussion

    Just wanted to start a thread for J skis.

    Anyone have a lot of experience with theses skis?

    I know the person who made them was with line and boasts that on the website, but i've heard and seen many negative reviews about line skis with them breaking and blowing out rails. Actually had a friend whos back half of his ski snap while going down a run which caused him to go off the run and hit a tree causing him serious injuries


    Mostly interested in their masterblaster and allplay but would like to open up a discussion about anything related to J Skis, being a newer ski company I don't know much about.

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    I'm interested in the masterblaster as well! Specifically anyone's experience with the 187cm length.

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    Same same. Blister wrote some very favorable reviews of the Masterblaster and the Metal. The new Vacation looks like a great option for a softer 50/50 park/all-mountain ski for Park City too. Any real world TGR beta on any of these skis is appreciated!

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    The guy who created Line created J -- Jason Levinthal. He's a user on these forums occassionally.

    J Skis are made in Canada at Utopie. Not where line skis are made. But they are a solid manufacturer.

    I've only skied the Metal but I like it. It's heavy, pretty damp, but not so stiff that it needed to rage to come alive.

    I like that they are using thick edges and base material, trumped only by On3p.

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    Newschoolers?

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    Pretty sure I actually named the masterblaster on a chair ride with a friend of JLevs.

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    masterblaster was the name given to "older and better" skier groups in the snowblaster program at meadows in the late 80's. The younger and slower kids were referred to as "slowbastards".

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    I picked up the 187cm Masterblasters last spring. I've only had maybe a half dozen days on them, generally in spring conditions. I picked them up because I wanted an all-mountain-ish ski that performed well in leaner Sierra conditions. I also wanted them to be playful like my old 2006/07 Line Prophet 100s, which were great skis. The Masterblaster seemed to best fit the bill, so I did something I never do otherwise: I paid full price for them.

    So far, I like them, but I don't love them. It's fairly easy to initiate a turn but takes more effort to really carve through a turn. They tend to want to make shallow S-turns 's and not deep S-turn's. So, they are not as easy to ski or playful as my old Prophets were. They are, however, stable at speed and hold a decent edge on icy groomers, but won't be mistaken for carving skis. They are heavy and excel in busting through slop and crud. Build quality looks great.

    I wonder if a size down would have been more playful and fun. (For the record, I'm 6', about 180-185 in ski season, and usually ski longer skis.) Again, they are good skis, but the verdict is still out on whether they are great. It's possible that with more time, I'll get used to the Masterblasters and end up loving them.

  9. #9
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    I own two pair's of J skis. The masterblasters and whip it's. The mastersblasters are insanely fun and damp.

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  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    masterblaster was the name given to "older and better" skier groups in the snowblaster program at meadows in the late 80's. The younger and slower kids were referred to as "slowbastards".
    Completely off topic, but I can’t help but read your user name and your response, and then wonder how is it that no company has created a powder ski named the “Fat Bastard” already. I want mine with bag pipe and kilt plaid top sheets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doremite View Post
    Ha!! I should’ve known better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    I picked up the 187cm Masterblasters last spring. I've only had maybe a half dozen days on them, generally in spring conditions. I picked them up because I wanted an all-mountain-ish ski that performed well in leaner Sierra conditions. I also wanted them to be playful like my old 2006/07 Line Prophet 100s, which were great skis. The Masterblaster seemed to best fit the bill, so I did something I never do otherwise: I paid full price for them.

    So far, I like them, but I don't love them. It's fairly easy to initiate a turn but takes more effort to really carve through a turn. They tend to want to make shallow S-turns 's and not deep S-turn's. So, they are not as easy to ski or playful as my old Prophets were. They are, however, stable at speed and hold a decent edge on icy groomers, but won't be mistaken for carving skis. They are heavy and excel in busting through slop and crud. Build quality looks great.

    I wonder if a size down would have been more playful and fun. (For the record, I'm 6', about 180-185 in ski season, and usually ski longer skis.) Again, they are good skis, but the verdict is still out on whether they are great. It's possible that with more time, I'll get used to the Masterblasters and end up loving them.
    Have had the 181 cm for a while now. I'm your height and a bit fatter. They were my first more "modern" (read: not full camber square tail) ski and I really like them. They are super fun and the shorter size has always felt very quick to me in tight spaces.

    My biggest functional complaints over time have been that I wish they had somewhat better edge hold on ice and better high speed stability. I think longer by itself would likely help with speed but at the cost of the quickness in tight spaces. I sort of feel like the flex on the masterblasters is optimized around park more than I would prefer so stiffer would help. That turns out to be hard to find.

    If that sounds negative overall it shouldn't though - I'm a big guy and have been happy with my pair. My search for perfect is moving on though.

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    I have been on the Metal 181 for the last two campaigns. I'm on lift-served (travel from Chicago, thoughts and prayers) but always exploring edges, nooks & crannies wherever I go, mostly in BC and Utah. I'll drop (or fall) off natural stuff, but avoid launching from things because I'm already on life No. 6 or 7. Demo'd the enforcer 100 early on and appreciated it, but wanted something with more underfoot for travel and on paper the Metal ticked the boxes. Graphics and factory-second sales were a bonus. Honestly it's been the ideal 1-ski travel buddy. I'm 5-10 160; it's plenty of ski for me to both slice and surf. I'm always intentionally lost or exploring so speed limits aren't often an issue, and I love how it slarves and adjusts in tight spots for a ski of this width; the tips and tails are pretty compliant which makes for a fun ride in narrow chutes, gullies, etc. No issues taking it out at low tide. While overall it's business casual, under the boot it is a solid, directional boss and will go wicked deep into the red if you ask it to. Any limits for the ski are more about me - after getting into shenanigans all day in a big setting like shin-deep at Revy, we end up doing top-to-bottom groomer sorties back to the lodge and trying to kill each other. In that setting it's a lot of ski to toss around rapid-fire, on piste when you're tired. Perhaps always true for a mid-fat, but it's the only time where the Metal's noteworthy weight shows up for me. Assuming that weight is keeping the ski damp, I'm here for it - it's a champ in crud, busted up pow and the stuff I ski 90% of the time. The swing weight is much lower than the specs show and the edge grip was on lock when needed. No hesitation to recommend it as an inbounds swiss-army ski.

    I just picked up some Woodsman 108 to try something new this year. As soon as I mount them up, I'll probably list the Metals here. Probably. Maybe.
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