Snowboard Review: 12-13 Jones Mothership

15 Feb, 2012

Location: Mission Ridge, WA

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Jones Mothership with Union Trilogy bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.

Size: 154 cm (but technically this size doesn’t exist, it’ll be 152 or 156)

First Impression: I started laughing out of excitement when I realized how fast, stable and how the board could carve. It was a good laugh out of delight.

Weight: Average.

Flex:  The Mothership is based off of the men’s Flagship so it’s built for freeriding, charging and riding mountains with smooth lines. The flex is on the stiffer end with a tad softer nose and more stiffer responsive tail to help drive the board into turns and powder lines. Torsionally it’s a bit softer so you still get good edge to edge response. Overall on the scale it’s identified as a 6 for flex and I agree. The Mothership is camber underfoot and rocker just a couple inches outside of the inserts to the contact points.

Turning: You can make a variety of turns with the Mothership, it was really smooth on long drawn out S turns and locked in without feeling locked in. On shorter turns, it was capable to get you what you wanted out of them. I found that it was easier than expected to get the Mothership into a turn and the handling was ideal for carving turn after turn.

Stable: The Mothership has stability on lockdown, you could point this board and it’ll hold on for the ride. It’s not quite as good for dampening so on really bumpy spots, you might feel a bit of what you are riding but for speed and carving, it did the job great. The mellow magne traction helped on the hardpacked spots at the end of the day, gripping just enough to give you good edgehold without too much edging.

Pop: I just cruised on the Mothership, no park or popping around the mountain. The board stayed on the ground the whole time.

Switch: The Mothership is a directional rocker so a lot more nose than tail. I think I switched around once but I mostly kept this board to riding the way it should be, nose first.

Overall Impression: The Mothership impressed and I ended up loving it during the demos. It could charge just as hard as any of the men’s boards but there was still a feminine touch to the board where it was quick, responsive and could just float from turn to turn. It was a smooth ride and built for riding with the boys or girls when you wanna cruise.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I was pretty excited to see Jones Snowboards come out with a women’s line but more excited to see if they are built to ride as much as the men’s boards. They did and hard charging women will love it this season. Although I’d like to see them keep the same flex, women that ride this board won’t need softer flex…they already are aggressive enough to want a women’s board that will hold up against men’s boards.

Ready to buy? Head over to evo to shop the full line of 2011-12 Jones snowboards until the 2013 snowboards come out.

On Snow Photo

Jones Mothership Description

Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the WWSRA On-Snow at Mission Ridge, WA.

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1 Comment

  1. November 08, 2012

    Hey Shay,

    I’m mostly riding in steep terrain with lots of powder but also need a board I can enjoy in the trees. Besides I’d really like something that works well even when it’s bumpy and that can also take groomers. Would you rather recommend the NS Lotus of the Jones Mothership for me?
    Cheers and thanks for your awesome reviews!