Jones Flagship vs Ride Highlife
Has anyone ridden both the boards and can give me a feedback comparing them first hand? There are often some aspects that are not on paper.
From the tech specs I see that the Flagship will be probably slightly better in the powder, while the Highlife is the better option for the piste (probably better for uneven terrain), but would like to hear some personal comparisons :)
I only can give you a comparison of the '13 models as I've ridden a '13 Flagship for about 40d, and did demo the Highlife a day. The rocker nose in the Flagship is far more pronounced, rises right behind the last insert, and is - compared to the rest of the board - softish and as such, delivers great float. I'd say, the Flagship is a freeride board that should be used as that; you'll have a lot of fun with in pow, riding big open lines at speed, and on good groomers to carve and bomb, but it shouldn't be bought as all-day all mountain board.
Had a lot of fun riding the Highlife but didnít buy it since it was too similar to the Flagship on groomers. Both are comparable in many aspects: agressive, stable, predictable, fast, and stiff. In uneven terrain the Highlife may be a tiny tad less tiring, however, that's splitting hairs. It sure is also no fun in moguls as well and will need a lot of leg work there. Haven't ridden it in pow so can't comment there.
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