Board: Jones Flagship
Camber Option: 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: Sunny bluebird early spring days. With creamy snow, perfect groomers, and a little bit of wind.
Flex: There is a directional flex to this board meaning softer nose into a stiffer tail. The torsional flex is a little more abundant than in years past which changes the drive of this board just a bit. The overall flex comes in just past a middle of the road meaning you can charge when you want to or be a bit laid back when you need to.
Stability: I don’t feel this board was as damp as it has been in the past. You’ll notice this liveliness in it when you charge into uneven terrain. Micro vibrations are a bit more prevalent and there’s a bit more flap in the nose.
Ollies/Pop: Here’s where the biggest change in my opinion takes place, the pop on this board is far superior to years past. It has more snap, it’s easier to engage, and you can load it up easier. This makes for a board you’re not preloading to get snap from which means you don’t have to set up before you boost a natural drop.
Butterability: I found the tips a little more buttery than in years past, but it’s still the Flagship. It’s going to fight you from time to time and you’ll have to muscle it here or there to get it to do what you want.
Carving: The turn initiation is really quick with this board, you’ll notice that as you transition from toe to heel. There’s very minimal work to get this done and it wants to be on edge at all times. When you’re driving into this board you’ll notice the center flex is easier to engage which gives you more load from the center to the tail. On deep hard carves you’ll feel the board grip but from time to time on the heel it will seem to slip out. This could be a combination of the softer torsional flex coupled with the taper, I was never truly able to pinpoint why this happened.
Rider in Mind: Rad dad freeride guy.
Personal Thoughts: The new shape is awesome on this board. The overhaul was much needed in my opinion. What I will say is that I did get a pre-production sample that was a little softer than what will be sold to the public. I expect this might rectify the slight washout I experienced in the tail, but overall this board is on track for being super solid.
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