i didnt think any ski could be too soft for jumps, cause i love soft ski's but i had invaders this past season, and i felt so sketched out on anything over 30ft, like i could still hit them and shit, but id be flayling and sorta off balance. like hitting big 60-70 footers was pretty sketchy, like i had to put so much effort into getting my weight forward enough and popping right. so the whole year i pretty much didnt progress on jumps at all, i learned some new grabs and got better at switch spins, but it was all on shit under 40 ft.
then like 3 weeks before closing i tried a friends ar6's and i was hitting the big line, and it seemed effortless, like i could just hit the jumps with no effort and spin and land everything perfect without flayling like crazy or anything, so it seemed like i wasted the entire years progression on jumps because i got invaders. like i went from going into jumps and constantly flayling like crazy and popping all wierd to just cruizing into the same jumps and just calmly throwing the tricks that i thought were way hard on my invaders.
but still i dont think ive ever had more fun on any other ski, like there is no ski that could be even half as fun on rails and small jibs and stuff, anything that requires less than 30 or 40 ft of air is the most fun you will ever have.
also i had 171's which might have been too short, which could have made it less stable on big shit.
for next year im getting another pair of invaders for day's when im hitting rails and just messing around and a stiffer more jump oriented ski for days when im gonna be hitting more jumps. i dont think i will ever stop buying invaders, they are amazing.
don't worry, I rode urban punx all season and hit jumps of every size and they were completely solid even when stomping wayyyy down in the landing. The difference is that the urban punx have the edge reinforcement which makes the middle of the ski a lot stiffer and more stable. I had the 184s and I 100% recommend them, I had ar6s last season and I'd choose the punx over them any day.
no, i dont think so at all
i hit the snowboard us open jumps at stratton for as long as they were open, they wern;'t huge but good size if you hit the big side
the first day we hit them they were rock hard from cold temperatures but they held up fine,
definitely not as nice as AR6 or another stiffer ski but they held there own
but they were definitely the best when it softened up because of their width when the snow is soft the only other ski id rather be on is the anthem
but the invaders definitely held their own