Back for 2016, the ON3P Jeffrey 114 is a fantastic wide jib ski that can make the entire mountain your playground. These skis are good for those skiers that like to play, surf, jib, or jump your way down the mountain. But ON3P also gave the Jeffrey 114 a bit stiffer flex than others in this category. This helps to increase stability at speed and give better crud busting capabilities. The ON3P Jeffrey 114 is a ski that is good in the powder, solid on the groomers, stable at speed, and playful in the soft goods. It could be a great daily driver for those who spend a lot of time in deeper snow and want a ski that can play on any kind of terrain.
2016 ON3P Jeffrey 114 On Mountain Video Ski Review (Input Wind)
Conditions: Powder, Soft Crud (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel: Stable and playful. It always seems counter intuitive to have a ski that is both stable and playful, but the ON3P Jeffrey 114 really is the best of both worlds.
Powder: The ON3P Jeffrey 114 is built to be a powder loving jib ski. It has a symmetric shape with 405mm of rocker in the tip and tail, both of which are pretty high profile. When combined with the taper in both tip and tail, the Jeffrey is able to plane quickly and float well. It’s not quite as soft as other all-mountain freestyle or powder skis (Moment Deathwish, Line Sick Day), and even though some of these are a bit skinnier than the Jeffrey 114, they offer slightly better float. These skis are also a bit lighter for their size (or have less swing weight) and tend to be slightly more maneuverable. The Jeffrey is still fun and surfy, but takes a little bit more work than those lighter skis do. For those days when you need that little extra float, the Jeffrey does come in a 122mm waist. The 122 also has no camber underfoot, while the 114 does, making the 122 a bit more surfy, and maneuverable in the soft snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The ON3P Jeffrey 114 is a damp and stable powder ski, and as such can feel slightly sluggish compared to lighter, and softer skis in this category. It does have a healthy dose of tip and tail rocker (450mm each), that aids in the skis ability to pivot and maneuver at slower speeds. In addition the small amount of taper helps to reduce swing weight, and allow you to turn the ski sideways a bit easier, but the Jeffrey is not a super nimble ski (and we wouldn’t want it to be). Like most of the ON3P skis, the Jeffrey 114 does require a bit more speed to get it on edge. Once there the Jeffrey is solid, smooth, and predictable. It has a bi-radius sidecut that allows the ski to be stable making straighter long radius turns, but also be willing to carve the more you put the ski on edge. I wouldn’t call it highly energetic, but it’s definitely not dead either. It seems like the Jeffrey is always ready to turn when you want to, but it’s not going to snap you from edge to edge as quick as a poppy frontside oriented ski will.
Speed: That same heavy and damp feeling that makes the ski feel a bit sluggish is also why we like this ski better at speed. It has a solid bamboo core that really helps to dampen vibrations when speeding down a run. The Jeffrey’s symmetric design, and less camber makes it a bit less stable than a more directional ski (ON3P Wrenegade), but it still retains that dampness that we like at speed. Even though the ski has a good amount of high profile rocker, the stiff flex helps to keep things from chattering or bouncing.
Uneven Terrain: This is where the ON3P Jeffrey 114 sets itself apart from other all-mountain freestyle skis. Sure the stiff flex and heavy weight make the skis a bit less nimble, but it’s also what helps this ski charge through the crud and chop. The high profile rocker will keep your tips afloat, and the stiff construction and solid base underfoot will help you to blast through the crud at much higher speeds. It’s not quite as happy in the chop as a more directional ski (ON3P Wrenegade), but the symmetric design makes it a bit more playful. The tip and tail rocker and taper will also ensure that you won’t hook or catch in the chop. This makes the ON3P Jeffrey 114 much more maneuverable than a directional ski, while still retaining some of that blast through anything attitude. This gives you the option to blast through the crud at higher speeds, or slow it down and pick your way around or over the chop.
Moguls: The symmetric tip and tail help to keep the Jeffrey maneuverable, but it’s still a bit heavy and sluggish for a good mogul ski. It’s not that the Jeffrey can’t ski the moguls, but it’s a lot more work than a skinnier, lighter, more maneuverable ski is.
Edge Hold: The ON3P Jeffrey 114 has a significant amount of tip and tail rocker and decent amount of camber underfoot. The camber underfoot does help in edge hold and grip, but it doesn’t have an extremely long effective edge. Still I felt pretty confident in medium to hard snow, and I never felt too unstable on the hard pack.
Flex: The Jeffrey has a relatively stiff flex that feels quite balanced.
Switch: The symmetric flex, and shape allow the Jeffery to be much better switch than a directional ski.
Jumps and Park: The ON3P Jeffrey 114 is designed to be an all-mountain powder jib ski. It’s definitely a bit stiff and heavy for a dedicated park ski, but it has a symmetric shape and balanced flex. It does have decent pop, and although not great, it was still fun to pop off of rollers and bumps. It’s not the easiest ski to maneuverable in the air,but it does feel quite balanced.
The ON3P Jeffrey 114 is a great ski for those who enjoy a playful, surfy feeling but also want a ski that’s going to be damp and stable. It’s happy in the soft snow, but will ski the groomers and hard pack without having to worry about edge hold and stability. You definitely give up a bit of maneuverability for it’s stability, but it’s a sacrifice we were willing to make. If you’re looking for a twin tip freestlye powder ski, but want to blast through the crud and speed down the mountain with confidence, definitely give the ON3P Jeffrey 114 a look. For those who want a bit more float, and maneuverability, check out the ON3P Jeffrey 122.