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Old 12-21-2011   #1
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Jackson rockstar vs projext x

Anyone have an opinion on which boat to go with

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Old 12-21-2011   #2
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They are both incredible boats. Both are fast, loose and great on waves. Both are great for all tricks in holes.

I own a Project X 56. My reasons for buying this over the Rock Star are:
I fit better in the Project 56 (I'm 6'1"). More foot room. I like the tiny extra length in the bow and stern for helping to bring a more controllable feel when cartwheeling. I'm over the corky spud boat feeling when cartwheeling -- fast and (nearly) uncontrollable cartwheels. I personally like the WaveSport outfitting better than Jackson. I dislike Jackson backbands with a passion... and this isn't due to user error cuz I know how to adjust them. Two things happen with the Jackson backband: 1) Whenever I go for loops the backband goes under my butt. 2) the rope system tears the crap out of my hips.

With all of that said... I highly recommend trying both. Some people fit better in Jackson, than WS. Some people fit better in Pyranha's than WS. etc, etc. As far as performance both of these boats are about as good as you can get. It will really come down to the little things, like outfitting and comfort, that will help you make your decision. Either way it turns out, neither of these boats will impede your progress of throwing down at your favorite playspot.

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Old 12-21-2011   #3
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Marko said it well. Try both and choose them by outfitting. I chose the x56 for the same reasons as I am not a fan of Jackson outfitting.
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Old 12-22-2011   #4
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What about the liquid logic freeride?
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Old 12-22-2011   #5
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Originally Posted by Alisi1588 View Post
What about the liquid logic freeride?
no 2 the freeride.

I choose the px56 as well after trying both. Felt the px moved through the water and the rockstar wanted to be on top of the water. .02
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Old 12-22-2011   #6
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Why didn't u like the freeride
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Old 12-22-2011   #7
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The rockstar and X kinda occupy a segment you might call "aggressive playboats". The Freeride is almost down there with the Fuse and Fun series. With the Molan, and Star series being kinda "fun playboats"?

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