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
Camber Option: Directional Cam/Rocker giving more rise in the tip than the tail.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 165
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.