Board: Jones Aviator
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber into a minimal rocker zone.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, 3 inches of fresh snow, firm to crunchy snow underneath the fresh, high winds, and colder temps.
Flex: Stiffer than a middle of the road but softer than a plank. There’s a little bit of flex in the tips, stiffer from outside the inserts, and then softening up between the feet. The torsional flex is more abundant than in years past, which makes flexing and driving the board easier.
Stability: This board has the perfect blend of dampness to liveliness to make it fun for charging through crappy chunder snow. It will absorb micro chatter that normally resonates up into your feet as well as not wash out at high speeds in uneven terrain.
Ollies: With the slight tweak to the flex pattern it makes loading the board up to pop off rollers and natural hits that much easier. The snap is there, but it’s not the most poppy deck out on the market.
Pop On Jumps: I hit two jumps with this thing and it did its job just the way you would expect. This board can pop a lip with ease if you let the lip work it for you. My suggestion is go faster than slower.
Butterability: If you pop a 180 into it make sure you have your weight over the nose/tail, otherwise it will buck you. You will get a workout on this board doing butters and it’s not the easiest to keep locked in.
Jibbing: Speed is always the key with this board. Go fast, press hard, and remember that it’s not the best for jibbing.
Carving: The sidecut wants to initiate turns from the get go. This means that you can set up a turn with minimal ease. Part of this is due to the slight scoop in the tip which allows the board to roll over on edge. When on edge the mellow Magnetraction does what you expect it too but doesn’t keep you locked into a turn. Whether doing short quick turns or long drawn out carves this board is very nimble and as you center load the board it will slingshot you back out.
Rider in Mind: The hard charging all mountain rider that really loves having camber under foot.
Personal Thoughts: Even with the slight tweak to the flex pattern this board still falls more into the freeride category. So you want to charge hard, boost higher, turn quicker, and save the park laps as an after thought.
Comparable Boards: Capita Black Snowboard Of Death, Venture Zelix, Libtech Hot Knife
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