Board: Jones Ultracraft
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber under foot and 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: Sunny bluebird skies, arctic temps, snow the consistency of chalk that was heavy and wind loaded, zero wind.
Flex: This board got softened up a bit this year, especially between the feet. So what you get is a board that’s around middle of the road in terms of directional freeride flex. This means softer nose, stiffening up towards the insert, softer between the feet, and then stiffer in the tail. The torsional flex is notably softer this year which makes it more playful.
Stability: While the board got softened up it did not lose it’s stability. This board is lively yet smooth and you feel it when you get into some chunder or icy death crust. At speeds there’s a little bit of flap in the nose but that stops before it reaches the insert pack.
Ollies/Pop: Having a little bit of traditional camber lets you load this board up and pop. Which is nice for those times you’re sending a bush gap or popping off a sidehit. In the pow when you want to make sure you’re floating but still need to snap over something you get the benefit of the rocker.
Butterability: I didn’t even try. Not to say you can’t, just don’t think this is a board you really need to butter all that much.
Carving: Every now and then when I was in some softer snow and laying a hard carve the tail would hook up a bit. It wasn’t prevalent enough to say if it was the board or my own error, but it did happen. When on the right type of terrain though you can lay a perfect deep aggressive carve with this board and drag your stomach on the ground. Short quick turns are easy enough to initiate. Having the spooned base helps with the roll from edge to edge.
Rider in Mind: Powder guy that will occasionally carve.
Personal Thoughts: Softening up the core is what this board needed. I’ll eat my words and say that the Ultra line of boards isn’t over priced as I have mentioned previous times. This board rips and was perfect for punching through the heavy wind loaded snow I encountered when testing it. While not a daily driver type of board it does make sense to have something like this in the quiver.
Comparable Boards: Ride Alter Ego, Rome Powder Division, Capita Navigator
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