Board: Jones Tweaker
Camber Option: True Camber. Good old fashioned camber.
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 blue skies, super warm temperatures, some wind, slush, chop, chunder, ice, and hero snow on perfect corduroy.
Flex: This is the softest board Jones makes in my opinion. It’s a middle of the road park board flex. It does have a unique reverse flex pattern meaning stiffer tips and softer between the feet. This makes for a ton of torsional give. Even though it’s got that reverse flex it’s still slightly predictable that it’s softer way out in the tips then stiffens up through the inserts then gets softer between the feet.
Stability: This board is super lively so if you were expecting a damp ride, not happening. It’s going to feel every rut, bump, or death cookie on the run. You can see and feel the tips flapping at high speeds and that resonates fully underfoot. Keep those knees bent people cause it’s going to get rough.
Ollies: Having fully traditional camber definitely adds to the pop of this board. With the blunted out shape and this helps when you load up the camber as you just lose all that extra tip length and it abruptly pops from the contact point. While not the snappiest deck out there it’s got more than enough to get the job done.
Pop On Jumps: Here’s where it slightly stands out compared to how it pops off a roller. This board boosts off a lip. It just goes deeper, further, and higher. You notice that the spring throws you from the lip even when you aren’t trying to pop off it.
Butterability: The flex pattern on this board gives you some serious flex points that let you push into that blunted shape and you can just bend this board to your every desire. Add to that the 3D shaping and it elevates that contact point so you don’t have to worry about it catching.
Jibbing: This board locks into nose and tail presses and just holds them. You can put as much weight as you want into it and not worry about it folding. This means optimal presses. When you go sideways that slightly softer flex right between the feet just locks in and hugs the feature.
Carving: This is where this board lacks. It feels loose on edge. When you dig it in there’s a lack of precision and just a bit more play. It’s good for quick set up turns or low to medium carves, anything more and it just folds. This board lacks the power out of the tail to lay a trench. Can it hold on edge when you’re just cruising the park? Sure, but it’s not mind blowing.
Rider in Mind: 3D shaped, camber loving, park rider.
Personal Thoughts: This kind of reminds me of a more blunted out Mind Expander Twin. It lacks the power to hold the edge in a carve but gives you a softer more forgiving feel. I don’t think it’s a bad board by any means but I also think in this space there’s a ton of other boards that beat this out. It’s nice that the 3D shaping elevates the contact point so you don’t have to worry about it catching when buttering or on a rail. The fact it has full camber is nice for the pop you can get from it.
Comparable Boards: Bataleon Evil Twin, Ride Zero, Salomon Huck Knife
Binding Recommendations: Jones Mercury, Ride C-6, Bataleon Astro Asym