Checking out the Misfit Lab

With no snow in sight Jon and I went to check out the Misfit Lab in Fenton on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time I had been there since Leo and I toured the facility when it was still under construction. Here’s a rundown of what’s inside the Lab and what you can expect if you go there.

Skate Park: The skate park side is pretty well built up with various rails, ramps and quarters. Next time I am there I will take some pictures of the setup. I’m not to hip to the skate lingo and I’m an embarrassingly awful skateboarder so I don’t really have any opinion on this side of things.

Jib Area: The jib side of the snow park had a down rail, a down-flat kinked bar, and a flat box as well as a ~20ft long corrugated pipe at the very bottom. You could also use the lip or roller feature to practice basic airs or spins that you would not be able to do in the foam pit. We only had a limited time there so we did not spend any time jibbing, but it looked like a good place to work on your moves.

jib area at the Misfit Lab
jib area at the Misfit Lab

Foam Pit: What we had been excited to check out was the trampoline & foam pit area. A trampoline on the right side of the foam pit allows you to practice spins and aerial maneuvers (without your board). A drop-in ramp from the back side of the jib area pushes you to a pretty gnarly jump straight in to the foam pit. People have already landed double-backflips at the lab, and one of the shop kids yesterday was coming pretty close to the same thing, so with practice, big maneuvers are definitely possible.

foam pit at Misfit Lab
testing a prototype invisible snowboard, cork 5

We spent a lot of time working on air awareness without strapping in. You could practice jumping from the lip, without your board, or you could launch from the trampoline in to the pit. Both of these helped a lot. The jump is going to take some getting used to. It is not set up for basic airs, but it is perfect if you want to cork or get yourself upside down. We worked on no-board cork 5s and hopefully next time will be doing them with the board and also backside cork 5s and bigger (hopefully!).

Summing it Up:

The foam pit jump was really designed for advanced aerials like corks and inverts so intermediate airs like regular spins and grabs you can’t really work on in the pit.  I also would like to see some more ollie-on/streestyle features in the jib park, but for now it is mostly ride-on type features. I think these are pretty interchangeable so hopefully they can add some new or different features here in the future.

Although there is a little bit of void for intermediate trickery, overall it is a great place to work on progression from beginner to advanced jibs and for advanced airs.


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