Board: Jones Project X
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber almost all the way out to the tips and then a small 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: Sunny blue skies, a little bit of wind, average temps, fresh corduroy in most places with a bit of ice here or there.
Flex: This board has one of those flex patterns that you get on and it feels familiar. It’s not stiff but still not soft. It has a bit of demand behind to make you want to push yourself and it, but you don’t have to stay on top of it to get the desired effects. As it is a twin directional you get a softer nose stiffening up towards the tail ever so slightly. This year there’s a bit more torsional give and flex in the middle of the board.
Stability: Only at super high rates of speed did I notice any chatter and even that was minimal. You will notice a little bit of nose flapping, but that is more from the rocker than the actual core profiling and flex pattern.
Ollies/Pop: This board has so much snap. You can really load it up and boost or be a bit lazy and engage it at the last minute.
Short Turns: Engaging edge to edge quickly or skidding a turn this board rolls over easily.
Long Turns: The edge holds on to the snow and really lets you draw out your turning radius. You can control the board from the middle to engage or disengage the arc as you see fit.
Quick Carves: As mentioned this decks edge to edge transition is quick and nimble. You get a lot out of the board from the center where you can drive your knee in to engage it.
Hard Carves: If you really want to get deep and rail a turn this board lets you. As you go into the arc you can drive your knee in and press the tail through the turn to pop you out.
Switch Carves: Being a directional twin helps this board ride switch. If riding switch is your thing then this board will have you covered and won’t buck you like a super directional board might.
Rider in Mind: The guy that money is no object and he wants the top of the line performance from.
Personal Thoughts: The more I ride this board the more I realize it’s really designed for the guy that’s going to rip hard turns, pop off rollers, and maybe occasionally jaunt into the park. Then again why would you go into the park on a $1,300 board? I don’t think it’s economically feasible. But if you want to go fast and rip hard turns, then this might be the deck for you.
Comparable Boards: Burton Custom X, Libtech Swiss Knife, Gnu Mullair
Check out the past reviews of the 2017 Project X.
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