Board: Jones Storm Chaser
Camber Option: Christenson Surf Rocker. A full bodied rocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies with about a foot of heavy wind loaded snow.
Flex: This board is rather stiff but the rocker compensates for it. Pushing the tail down into the snow took a lot of effort.
Stability: The wider platform and stiffer flex allowed this board to punch through the inch or so of heavy wind-loaded snow. Its designed for hard charging over any type of chunder.
Ollies/Pop: You have to roll into the tail to get the board to snap, but when you do it has ample pop. It is however not one of the most snappy decks if you’re doing a late set up pop off a natural hit.
Butterability: Well go fast, pop a 180, and lean hard into the nose. Otherwise it’s not happening at all.
Carving: The width of this board does stagger it a bit on groomer for carving. You’ll find yourself doing more skidded turns if you’re not being overbearing and precise with your movements.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to ride deep pow and only deep powder.
Personal Thoughts: With a huge surf inspiration this board really let you get back on the tail and slash. It’s not for everyone, but for someone that is building a quiver this board has its place. I found myself wanting it to punch through the chunder more and more to see what kind of layback I could do.
Comparable Boards: K2 Cool Bean, Rome Powder Division ST, Marhar Woodsman
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This board was loaned to us for review from Jones Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change drastically for 2018 to we carried the 2017 review over.*