Board: Jones Mountain Twin
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber through the middle with rocker in the tip and tail.
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, moderate winds at time, warmer temps, fresh fast corduroy that slowly turned into sloppy slush as the day went on.
Flex: This is a full blown middle of the road park flex on this board these days. The tips have been softened up since the last time I rode it and that makes it more playful, while the camber section retains the flex from the previous model. There’s a decent amount of torsional flex and that is noticeable when you ankle steer it.
Stability: The tips are a lot more loose with the softer flex and the 3D shaping so you get a fair amount of chatter and that does resonate through the rocker section back to the camber zone. Underfoot and through the middle is more stable but you will feel the more abrupt changes in the snow as well as the ruts. It’s still a fairly stable board but it gains some liveliness in this iteration.
Ollies: Loading up the camber section takes next to no effort and that makes it easy to snap with this board. When the camber is loaded up it causes the rocker to act like a springboard which does add to the boost of this board. If you’re the type of rider that likes to send sidehits and launch rollers this thing has you covered easily.
Pop On Jumps: The snaps there and this board gets the job done. Small, medium, and even large features to an extent are not an issue on this deck. It snaps off the lip with relative ease.
Butterability: Here’s the thing with the softer tips and that 3D shaping this board has a mellow spoonlike effect to the tips. This makes it ideal for getting sideways and swiveling around on the nose or tail. When you press into it this board locks in and holds with a very little amount of fight to it, but just enough to allow you to pop out of any ground press.
Jibbing: The tips lock into presses with ease and hold due to the rocker and flex pattern. You can feel it lock in and there’s just a little bit of rebound from the camber section. This gives you the pop off the end of a feature without too much effort. When you get sideways the camber section takes over and hugs the feature giving you that cradle-like effect you know. It feels very predictable when you get sideways now.
Carving: With the 3D shaping of this boards tips coupled with the rocker you get a smoother roll in and out of turns. It’s not necessarily nimble as it is effortless. When it’s on edge the traction technology takes over and really lets you feel it lock in. When you drive this board you notice that you’re steering more just outside the insert pack than out at the tips. This gives it a more predictable control. Now when you rail a hard carve and you’re sitting on the tail expecting it to give power out of the turn you do lose a little bit of edge bite at the end and that changes the dynamic of the carve. Overall this thing is consistent on short quick carves and hard drawn out ones. It just tends to lack a bit of the precision previous models had.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider with a more freestyle emphasis.
Personal Thoughts: I’m not sure softening it up and giving it that much 3D shaping in the tips was the right way to go with this board, but then again what do I know it’s not my brand. It’s more playful than previous iterations and it really does lean into the freestyle side of things with this board and less into the all mountain aspect. If anything I feel that this is now their full freestyle board.
Comparable Boards: Nitro Team, Capita Outsiders, Arbor Westmark Camber
Binding Recommendations: Rome Katana, Now Selects, Burton Cartel