Board: Jones Mind Expander
Camber Option: Christenson Surf Rocker. Huge amount of rocker in the nose that starts just inside the insert pack as well as rocker in the tail that starts just inside that insert pack. Flat between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A few inches of fresh snow, puking heavy snow, warmer temps, low visibility, and zero winds.
Flex: Due to the abundance of rocker in the tip it gives a slight deception that it’s soft. It’s not, it’s just past a middle of the road flex ebbing more towards slightly stiffer than there. There’s an abundance of torsional flex which makes it nimble in the trees and playful underfoot. The tail is a little stiffer than the nose, but a lot of this is due to having a smaller rocker zone.
Stability: In really rutted out moguls and chunder you get bucked around a little bit. There’s a bit of flap in the nose at high speeds due to the rocker. Underfoot though is a different story it’s damp yet lively. So you do feel a little bit of the micro vibrations but not enough to fatigue you. Busting through wind loaded snow this board is a dream.
Ollies/Pop: The style of rocker in this board gives it a lot of skate pop. You don’t have to load it up and can still get optimal boost. This board is designed to charge into a sidehit or off a powder popper and send you. If you really want to load it up then you can expect some big results.
Butterability: While most people would look at the set back of this and think it’s not a board they should butter, you can. The big flat blunted spatula shaped nose really lets you get over it in powder. The torsional flex is just right that the board won’t fight you and you can press into the deck and hold it.
Carving: Sometimes you have to get on a groomed run at a resort when going between powder stashes. That happened with this board and I found myself setting a deep edge in the snow. Whether doing short quick turns or long drawn out carves this board held an edge perfectly.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s going to ride more powder than a groomer, but still needs a deck that can handle whatever the resort throws at them.
Personal Thoughts: Taking the Hovercraft and the Mountain Twin and combining them into one is what this board is about. Well guess what? It works. This thing is amazing for riding pow and blasting off side hits. In the trees it’s quick and nimble, yet still gives you float when in an open pow field. The slightly spooned nose aids in keeping speed in deeper snow as it acts like a hull and funnels the snow out. Over all this board did expand my mind.
Comparable Boards: Flow Enigma, Lago Open Road, Ride Alter Ego
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