Snowboard Review: 10-11 Jones Mountain Twin
02 Jun, 2010
Location: Blackcomb, BC & Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Blackcomb, BC was hardpacked & ice to slushy bumpy snow. Loveland was powder and groomers to bumpy snow.
Setup: I rode the Jones Mountain Twin with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: I’m don’t ride like Jeremy Jones or Jonaven Moore but I can still ride this board and the pow was the best for it.
Weight: Tad heavier than average
Flex: The mountain twin lives up to it’s name, it’s flex is on the stiffer side but meant to handle the bigger mountain freestyle riding. It features a directional flex so the nose is softer for powder riding and the tail is stiffer to handle the powder riding. Overall the torsional and longitudinal flex is stiffer on the mountain twin. I found once in a turn, it held an edge and remained a stable ride down the mountain. Torsionally and the waist width were a bit sluggish for quick responsive turns especially when I took it in the trees. The mountain twin has camrock which is slight camber between the feet and a tip/tail rocker for some playfulness on the mountain.
Turning: The quicker short radius turns weren’t as easy and smoothe for me in the trees. I definitely let the board ride me in spots and struggled to get quicker response out of it. I felt more comfortable riding drawn out S turns on the mountain twin in wide open runs and terrain. Once on edge, it gripped the snow with the mellow magne traction and especially at Whistler for the first run on the icy hardpacked spots.
Stable: On the really soft slushy bumps and bumpy terrain, you felt bounced around and it didn’t absorb you as well as in the powder. When cruising on groomers, it was no problem and kept you charging down the mountain. In the powder, it was the best feeling and you stayed afloat with the camrock rocker in the tip and tail.
Pop: I didn’t play with the pop on this board, I did try to butter and press it…it wasn’t easy and definitely required all my weight to do it.
Switch: The mountain twin is a twin shape but a directional flex. I mounted up the board centered and noticed some difference when riding switch but it’s still capable of the mountain twin name it lives up to.
Overall Impression: For a freeride who makes the whole mountain a park and rides powder in the backcountry, the mountain twin is that ideal board for big lines, drops and powder. I wish I had more powder days on it but powder in May is harder to come by. The mountain twin handled the resort riding and there were times where I knew it could ride me but also times when I expected more from it.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Slushy conditions are really hard to judge a board so I ended up asking to take the mountain twin back to Colorado with me to try it in a variety of more conditions. In the powder and groomers, it was a good ride and much more favorable than slushy bumps down the mountain. It didn’t make me ride like Jeremy Jones but it was fun to try it on the mountain and pretend I could ride as good as him.
On Snow Photo
Jones Mountain Twin description
Review Disclosure: I borrowed this board on my way to Whistler, BC where I rode it and took it back to CO to ride it at Loveland. It’s been returned to the company.