Jones Flagship Used and Reviewed

In its inaugural year Jones snowboards have pretty much sold out from every shop I’ve talked to across the United States. Speaking with the East Coast rep who is a personal friend of mine he filled me in on how fast the orders came in and said it was pretty astonishing. Now here we sit with the real test after I got to tool around on the Flagship for a few runs. Does it live up to the hype or fall short?

Board: Jones Flagship

Size: 158

Camber Option: Directional Cam/Rocker giving more rise in the tip than the tail.

Bindings: K2 Formulas

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy

Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10

My Weight: 165

Resort: Loveland

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies on fresh corduroy and some minor amounts of pow.

Preconceived Notions: Figured this was going to be a stiff ass hard charging freeride board that would be damper than your girlfriends panties after I entered the room.

Flex: True directional flex, softer nose, mid flex between the feet, stiffer tail to push out of turns. Over all I’d claim it to be somewhere between mid and stiff, not so soft you could ride it as a park deck but not so stiff all you can do is go straight and then hopefully muscle a turn out of it.

Stability: This was the one thing that surprised me in chopped out terrain you could feel the vibrations

Ollies/Pop: Not anything to rave about for the snap factor, but being that it’s camrocker you could load it like a traditional snowboard and get some spring.

Butterability: Bit on the stiff side to really butter on hard packed probably could play around on it in some soft snow though.

Cruising: Edge to edge this thing initiated like a champ, just rolled over and gripped. It has a mild magnetraction that is almost to the point you can’t notice it with your eye.

Jibbing: Do you think you’d be jibbing on a board like this? Lets be real here people it didn’t happen it was speed runs on groomers and slapping it through the chop.

Rider in Mind: Besides Jeremy Jones? Ok this is going to be for the guy that wants a slightly heavier board to push through the chop, straight line some runs, and mach around the mountain. He’s not going to fuck around in the park except maybe to hit some jumps on his way slashing pow.

Personal Thoughts: Over all I was impressed with the board it was solid, has a lot of cool environmentally awesome things with it. Biggest thing that seemed odd was the lack of dampening in it, I could feel everything when cruising through the chop.

What They Say: The apex of 25 years of freeriding experience, rigorous testing, and the latest construction technologies, the Flagship is a battle proven weapon for all-mountain attacks. The Flagship combines Magne-Traction, directional rocker and camber underfoot for the highest overall performance in even the most demanding terrain and conditions.

26 Comments

  1. JPT says:

    the dampening factor makes me glad I chose a Premier over the Flagship. I love JJ and wanted to support his brand but having demoed the Premier that’s where I ended up.

  2. timmy says:

    “hard charging freeride board that would be damper than your girlfriends panties after I entered the room.”

    Best line desribing dampness thus far? I think so…

    Any idea how many board they made or distributed? Thats pretty crazy to sell out before 8o% of places have yet to see snow.

  3. I heard something like 4,800 total which is pretty small in comparison to what Rossi was doing with him.

  4. Harmony says:

    Helpful information! I have been searching for anything such as this for some time finally. Thanks!

  5. TREESON says:

    I’ve noticed that you have not been the biggest fan of the Cam/Rock in the past.

    Has the Jones variation changed that? even a bit?

    Thanks for the review… stoked for the season!

  6. I’m still not a fan of camrock but for a die hard freeride charge board it needs to either be a camber/rocker combo or flat. Rocker in my opinion and center reverse just don’t work as well.

  7. Bradley says:

    Jones is also a huge fan of splits and from what I have heard on forums and read of the reviews, his splitboard is also generating a lot of positive buzz. Deeper was sick, and for a first crack at manufacturing it appears as if JJ is on the right track.

  8. groovastic says:

    Hi!

    Could you perhaps compare it to Arbor Coda and Elan Wave Rider? Or at least with some other boards with the same rocker shape as Coda’s or Wave Rider’s?

    Thanks!

  9. Coda is center reverse softer over all especially in the tips. Doesn’t even compare.

  10. dave says:

    How does this board compare to new heritage for free riding?

  11. Not as damp, different camber option, over all just a sort of so-so ride.

  12. Mark says:

    I’m a little surprised you rode the 158. I would have thought you would have at least ridden the 161 or 164. If you get a chance to ride the longer lengths, I would be interested to hear if there is a difference, if any. Keep up the good work!

  13. Conditions didn’t warrant me needing anything bigger plus I’m riding 57’s to 59’s for pow lines these days.

  14. Jeff says:

    Have you ridden a venture zephyr or other venture and if so how does this compare? I just demo’d the flagship and found it lighter and less stable than the venture but much easier to initiate turns – am considering buying the demo model – really fun ride. Would love your insight here…

  15. I haven’t ridden a Zephyr in years.

  16. Johnny says:

    I have one and lack of dampness def sucks.

  17. Ryan says:

    I’ve been looking at the flagship for a while now and i’m interested to know what your thoughts were if you were to compare the dampness from a good set of bindings and not some piece of crap K2. Because in my 10+ years of experience a really good binding will help bring out the board’s true potential. Thanks.

  18. Those piece of crap k2’s are still the best bindings I’ve ever ridden or owned. I know them inside and out. The boards a turd regardless.

  19. Ryan says:

    Fair enough, I’ve always been that guy where you get what you paid for and so far it’s done really well. I’ve gone through my fair share of bindings and boards and i’ve learned the hard way when trying to cut back on costs. That’s why i think the K2’s can’t keep up with a higher end binding like the c60’s i recently own and i’ve never looked back. Therefore i think this review is unjust in terms of dampness and the board should be given another chance unless someone else can convince me otherwise not to buy this board. And if anyone thinks the binding doesn’t make a difference then don’t even bother wasting my time.

  20. All mountain binding on an all mountain board gee what’s so hard to realize there. The boards a turd thin base, weak core, made in Tunisia by Nidecker woo hoo!

  21. Ed says:

    Angry,
    I’ve started looking at this deck recently as I just booked a heli trip to BC for this coming January and I want to bring a board that will be appropriate for hopefully epic conditions. I like to ride pretty aggressively and have only ever had full camber under my feet but feel like I should consider flat or cam rock for this trip. The Flagship sounds pretty dope but I’m not entirely sold, the other deck I’m curious about is the K2 Ultra Dream. Thoughts or other suggestions?

    Thanks

  22. Haven’t been on the Ultra Dream so I can’t really say how it rides I assume it’s just a beefed up Turbo Dream with Tweakend and some other improvements. If you’re coming off camber Camrock might be the easiest transition for you. Are you looking to buy a pow specific board or an all mountain deck?

  23. Ed says:

    Kind of leaning towards all mountain but I really want something that can float too. And it needs to be able to charge- and float. Hmm, I dunno, I’m just weary of some reverse cam noodle that is probably hella fun but overall slow and unresponsive. Four days of heli drops.. what would be your top picks?

  24. That’s a simple answer then get the Yes Great Dudes. Seriously best all mountain board I’ve been on in years.

  25. Ed says:

    Excellent, I’ll check it out.

    Thanks man!

  26. Stephen Meadows says:

    I have the 2013 168W flagship. I am 6″6 260 and this board is perfect for me. As far as the dampening system on the board, I do feel the choppiness, but it isn’t as bad as what has been described. Most likely due to the longer length of my board. I mainly ride all mountain, but I do sometimes like to hit the terrain parks. I am able to do just about everything i want (capable lol) of doing. It’s a great board that allows you to whatever you want on it, without having to worry about damaging the board because its put together so well.

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