Board: Jones Aviator
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber underfoot and almost to the tips with a bit of rocker before the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Inches Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, slightly warmer temps, high winds, and a mix of heavy wind-loaded powder and groomed slush corduroy.
Flex: This board hedges on the side of being overtly stiff, it’s not a full blown plank but it’s not a fun freestyle flex either. If anything as it is intended this boards flex is more freeride with the ability to handle high speed park laps. There’s a little and I do mean a little bit of torsional give between the feet and in the tips, but not much.
Stability: If you want to go bust up chunder and slam through chopped out moguls at high speeds this might be the board for you. It’s damp to a point which gives it the ability to suck up micro vibrations while not being so damp it feels dead under foot.
Ollies: Now here’s the thing about the camber profile on this board. It rides very close to true traditional camber, which means you as a rider have to load it up to boost the way you want. I found myself boosting hard off rollers and side hits with ease.
Pop On Jumps: Go fast, load it up, and pop. Whether a small or large jump this board is perfectly at home boosting off a man made lip.
Butterability: Be prepared for a leg work out, so don’t skip leg day. You can butter this thing but you want to be going as fast as possible when you do it, otherwise you’re probably just going to look like an incompetent rider swiveling around on the snow.
Jibbing: Go fast and pray for the best. This board isn’t meant to hit rails. Sure you can press if you really work at it, but this is a frigging Jones snowboard for Christs sake, go rip a line instead. It does have a spooned nose so you will have less catch if you get sideways on the tip or tail.
Carving: The mellow Magnetraction was very nice as it didn’t overwhelm the board while going through a carve. You can really load the board up to springboard through the arc of a turn. The spooned tips give a catch free engagement when on edge. I will say in a tight banked slalom this board was not having it and more suited to wide open groomers.
Rider in Mind: Someone that is charging hard, wants an abundance of camber, and is going to utilize the whole mountain from powder to groomers.
Personal Thoughts: This board falls more on the spectrum of freeride instead of freestyle and even claiming it “could” and I use the term could loosely ride the park is a bit of a stretch of the imagination. This board is for ripping hard and fast plain and simple.
Check out the past review of the 2016 Jones Aviator.
Comparable Boards: Ride Berzerker, Rome Sawtooth, Slash Nuhaul
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This board was loaned to us for review from Jones Snowboards marketing department.