Board: Jones Mind Expander Twin
Camber Option: Christenson Surf Camber. It’s a camrocker with a longer rocker section in the tips.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, warm temps, hot pow, and perfect corduroy.
Flex: This board comes in right at a middle of the road park flex. The tips are softer and only start to stiffen up midway to the insert pack. Through the center of the board is where you get the stiffest section but there is a lot of torsional flex so you can really twist this board.
Stability: For being a freestyle powder twin it’s mildly stable. Expect to get a lot of chatter in the tips and that does resonate back under foot. In rutted out terrain if you aren’t prepared for it or keeping your knees bent you will get bucked around. This deck is very lively and not overly damp.
Ollies: Load up the camber section, roll back on the rocker, and watch it activate like a small springboard. This will help give you some pop when you’re in powder. On a groomer hitting a sidehit or a roller there are other boards with more snap. This is definitely one of those boards that makes you put more in than you get out of it.
Pop On Jumps: This board can handle jumps for the most part. Nothing massive as the tips aren’t the stiffest so it won’t give you that locked in feel when you land hard. Now if you were to hit a backcountry jump this is where it would stick out.
Butterability: There’s two ways to look at buttering on this. If you put all your weight way out on the tips you’re probably going to overflex it and wash out. So you want to keep your weight more towards right outside the binding this will keep your weight over the more stable part and let the rocker do its thing without causing you to wash out.
Jibbing: Be a little light on your feet with presses as it takes nothing to press this board due to the amount of rocker in it. It does lock in with minimal effort and you can hold it through the feature. When you get sideways the camber section does what you want it to do and you feel locked in.
Carving: What’s nice about this board is that it grips well due to the traction technology. You don’t have to worry about it skidding out most of the time. Now with that said you can overpower it in a turn and you will notice that as you exit the carve and have started to disengaged the front through the middle of the board it can kick out. Short quick carves or mellow carves are kind of its strong suit. When you lay it over that’s where you get into the territory where you might be pushing it to its limits. It is nimble from edge to edge and a lot of that is due to the 3D shaping on the base.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle focused powder rider.
Personal Thoughts: I like the idea of powder twins as there are people that want or need that. I also get where they’re going with this board as it’s for the more freestyle focused crowd that doesn’t like the directional nature of the Mind Expander. What I didn’t like about this board was that it just felt a little loose which for a Jones board just doesn’t seem possible. I’ve ridden a lot of twins and more than my fair share of powder twins and while this was decent it just didn’t stick out as something I would gravitate towards right away. That’s not saying it’s a bad board, it’s just saying it didn’t feel as powerful as it could be.
Comparable Boards: Bataleon Magic Carpet, Marhar Lumberjack, Libtech Golden Orca
Binding Recommendations: Jones Mercury, Rome Vice, Union Strata