Board: Jones Ultra Mind Expander
Camber Option: Christenson Surf Camber Rocker. A directional camrocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A spring snow storm. They reported 2 inches over night with an additional 4 on top of that totaling six inches. The groomers that were blown off were icy and wind scoured, the ones that were filled in were covered in chunder and anything off the beaten path was a mix of wind filled in powder pockets and lite amounts of pow on top of crust.
Flex: This board is stiff, I’ll give it that. It’s definitely a big brother to the regular Mind Expander. You’ll notice right away that it has a fully directional flex that still borders on being a middle of the road freeride flex. Yes the nose is softer and it progressively stiffens back up towards the tail. There’s a little torsional flex but not a lot.
Stability: This board was actually super stable. You do notice that when you impact a rut or hard chunder that the board doesn’t flex into it and that cause the energy to reverberate back into your feet. At high speeds there’s almost no chatter in the tip.
Ollies/Pop: You do have to load up that camber zone to get it to pop. When snapping off firm or hard snow it doesn’t have as much snap as when you do that in fresh snow. The way that rocker and camber combo works in fresh snow it helps the board pop up and out of the fresh snow with ease.
Butterability: I did a few nose butters, I wouldn’t say it was fun. The board fights you the whole time.
Carving: The sidecut grips and rips. You can feel it engage and lock in. Where the regular Mind Expander will do a more surfy turn, this one is more precision based. You drive aggressively, it snaps in and out of turns, the edge to edge transmission has more power. It’s all about how you want to steer it and how aggressive you want to be with it.
Rider in Mind: Hard charging pow guy that’s a little heavier.
Personal Thoughts: When we were picking the size option the rep and I agrees that you can be over the recommended weight by about 10 to 15lbs due to the stiffness of the board. This makes it less of an overkill on your knees for driving it. With that said, I figured this board was going to be ungodly stiff and want to kill me, it wasn’t. It was just a more precise Mind Expander that has more power in its drive. It still floats exceptionally well, it can carve, and if you’re in deeper snow it slashes amazingly.
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