Board: Jones Ultra Mountain Twin
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber underfoot with rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Started with sunny blue skies and cold temps, then the wind picked up and a storm rolled in with low visibility and sub arctic temperatures. The snow was super firm and fast with patches of sheet ice.
Flex: This board is stiff. For a high end all mountain freestyle board you will work it hard. In the tips you get a minimal amount of flex that is accentuated by the rocker zone. The big thing to note with this years model is that there is more torsional flex than in previous years.
Stability: This board is a bit more damp than in years past. You can feel it with how it absorbs micro vibrations. The big thing though is while it’s more damp it still retains its liveliness. I didn’t really have to plow through too much crap snow, but what I did get into it never buckled.
Ollies: This board is designed to be loaded up and boost with. It’s at home in the air and that’s apparent with how it handles popping off rollers, rocks, small bumps, tiny children, etc. etc. You can turn anything into a launch ramp. The sweet spot for boosting is just big enough that you don’t have to guess, you just pop.
Pop On Jumps: I didn’t hit anything big with this board, but I did manage to knuckle the flattest jump on Earth. This board has pop and while most of the people reading this will probably never hit a jump over 25 feet just know this board wants to go to the big line. It wants to be in the air. It’s an aggressively popping board.
Butterability: Go as fast as you can, muscle through it, and be prepared to have the board fight you. This isn’t a pussy board you can butter whenever and however you want, this is something you have to be on top of.
Jibbing: Most camber dominate boards have a little bend to them when you get on a rail. They sort of hug it and lock on. This thing does not do that. It’s that stiff. So if jibbing is your thing either step up hard or maybe downgrade to the regular Mountain Twin.
Carving: When doing quick edge to edge initiations this board rolls into a turn with ease. If you want to push the board hard and get into a deep carve it will let you without any hesitation. If anything it’s those half-assed skidded turns that you notice how aggressive this board is. The mellow Magnetraction gives a little extra grip, but doesn’t make you feel locked in for the long haul like you’re stuck riding out the arc of the carve.
Rider in Mind: Big riders that could dominate this board due to their weight and stature or someone that likes a stiffer more aggressive twin.
Personal Thoughts: You can notice the small tweaks in this board for this year. Turning the board is a bit easier, especially when center flexing. That added give in the torsional flex makes the board more nimble edge to edge. While it’s just as lively as the previous years model, it’s a bit more damp which is nice as you won’t feel as many micro vibrations.
Check out the past reviews of the 2017 Ultra Mountain Twin.
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