You may want to give a bit more information on where/what/how you ride, be more specific on what kind of board you’re looking for cos with that little info there’s too much room for interpretation and misunderstanding to give you proper recommendations. If you’re talking backcountry I would interpret that you‘re hiking for hours, way off resorts. For this – Shred has a point – you want a split (well, if you’re using a cat or heli, then not
But if you meant that you just hike some meters off a lift – so basically resort accessed sidecountry - then you can do without a split. If you hop off a lift and hike another hour, then a split would again be a good solution but not necessarily. It all depends on what you aim at.
I don't believe in snowmobiles so I usually hike/ ride resort side country. I actually spend a lot of time riding backcountry on really shitty conditions on porpoise so based on what I've read I am thinking about a Jones flagship or solution, but I have heard you really have to be on your game at all times when riding the flagship. Is that true?
Yes and no. BC it's plain and simple a great boards. Predictable and reliable, surfy on wide open turns, stable and good grip on changing terrain. I don't know where or what "porpoise" is and how the conditions there look like, but if ever changing terrain of fluff, crusts n ice is what you call shitty, the Flag would handle that. It can be demanding on groomers tho, demanding in terms of you have to work with your legs. It will be cumbersome in moguls. It’s stiff and responsive, it will react immediately, which is great if you look for that. If carving and riding fast is your thing on groomers, it would be a good board to go after. If cruising and to mock around is your thing on groomers, look elsewhere. Its mellow magne is a good trade off for thr conditions I ride (no pure ice slopes, only patches). Good enough to have no grip issues if you hit icy patches but mellow enough to be not hindering when carving groomers (where a pronounced magne can dig and brake).
Considering splits: I’ve only used a Hovy and Solution split so far. Used the Hovy split once and prefer the Solution for skinning, guess it's the setback of the Hovy binarypie mentioned that made it less comfortable/a more concentration task to skin. Wasn't particular fond of the Hovy solid as well. No issues in fluff, but on groomers and crusts, it's wide shape was kind of dull to ride for me. So if you have like me rather small feet, and want to use the board for resort riding as well, I'd rather go for the Flag/Solution, which are more narrow.
I used the Solution as well on days with short hikes/resort accessible SC/groomers. It's fun on goomers. Not as much as the solid tho. It’s heavier than the solid, you feel a slight twitching from times to times of the extra middle edge if flatbasing groomers, but it carves well and stays pretty stable on a straight line runout. Had the impression that the float of the solid was a tad better than of the split. Not sure but I guess it’s cos the solid has a tad softer nose, well, and it's lighter.