Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe, CA
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I have more than 30 days on snow on all 3 Jones boards mentioned in this thread.
Aviator - This is a great board. I actually use mine as a freestyle park/pipe board. It has all the feel and pop of camber that I personally love. The less catchy edges are indeed less catchy but if you are coming from a reverse camber or hybrid board you'll still find it very catch in comparison.
- Camber! Tried and true. Feels right.
- Rails quite well but the lifted edges help for little mistakes.
- Medium flex so it can be a little more versatile when moving from park to all-mountain.
- The shape is similar to the Flagship and thus so is the performance. Although softer.
- Medium flex still isn't stiff enough for hard lines.
- It still isn't a powder board.
- No twin shape / flex means you park/pipe riding has a different feel.
Mountain Twin - If I could only own one board. It would be this board without a doubt. However, don't expect it to carve like the flagship, pop like the aviator, or rule the park like an actual park-specific board. That being said it does everything well enough and looks great.
- Great do-it-all shape
- Enough setback and wide enough to float well in powder
- Twin tip/tail for park fun.
- Softer flex makes it playful
- Hybrid camber keeps you off your face when you make a mistake
- Not as much pop as similar boards like the ProtoCT.
- Softer flex gets in the way when charging hard.
- Doesn't float as well as a powder specific board (k2 Gyrator, Jones Hovercraft are my comparisons)
- A lot of people asked me if they could ride it. A little annoying after a while.
Flagship Carbon - This board is basically a rocket. Point it and go. Super technical lines are no problem. I never worry about overriding the board. However, if you get lazy the board will punish you for it. Powder on the board is great but not as fun feeling as the hovercraft.
- Big nose floats well
- Handles steep technical lines without issue
- Stiff flex allows you to power over crud, rocks, and other crap.
- Stiff flex will tire you out if you aren't up for it.
- Not that anyone would but don't bring it to the park. The pipe is fun but why?
- If you make a mistake the board will let you know in a pretty harsh manner.
- Carbon rides very different than the wood version. I think it is worth the cost. Not everyone agrees.
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