Has anybody rode this board yet? What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance gang.
I agree with a lot of the comments on the Aviator. I'm 180 lbs and initially purchased a 158 cm 2017-18 Aviator. It's the best all-round board I've ever ridden for my style of riding. For me it has been versatile enough to ride everywhere, including (shallow) powder. I loved the 158 cm so much that I went on to purchase a 160 cm as well for just a bit more hold at higher speeds. Both are combined with Now Pilot bindings. The 160 is my 'strictly groomer bomber' board. It's noticeably slower edge-to-edge and stiffer, with better overall edge hold in higher speed carves. The 158 is my 'do everything, go everywhere' board.
I enjoy boards too much to only have a single board, but if I had to choose just one, it would be the Aviator 158 cm. It's quick edge-to-edge, nimble when you want and stable when you don't, outstanding on edge (but the 160 cm is even better), surprisingly competent in powder (6-10"), pops well when loaded up correctly, rides great switch, and the flex is perfect for my riding style and weight.
The boards that I have owned and would say it compares with are:
-Prior AMF (full camber) -- closest to the Aviator. The AMF is stiffer (longitudinally and torsionally), slightly less damp, and has slightly less edge hold on ice and at higher speeds
-Burton Custom/Custom X (full camber) -- Some might argue that these are the benchmark for the category (aggressive all-mountain); The Aviator is better, for me, in every way than the Custom (X); I'm itching to try the 2018 Custom X, though, as its specs look like they've moved to be more similar to the Aviator.
-Lib-Tech Hot Knife -- More playful than all of the above under my feet (softer torsionally and longitudinally); edge hold not as good as Aviator, but similar to Custom (X)
Between those two boards, for the type of use that you're describing, the Mountain twin sounds like a better fit. Of the two, it's the "one board quiver."I'm looking to pick up a 2018 Aviator but haven't been able to demo one. Specs wise it ticks a lot of boxes for me but I'm concerned its utility outside of carving groomers is very limited. However, I hand flexed a 158w in a shop and it didn't seem mega-stiff at all, pretty much the same as a Mountain Twin. The profile didn't look crazy aggressive either, like the camber started to deflect not so far outside the inserts. Jones website says they changed the flex profile but who knows what that really means?
I need a one board quiver for all-mountain charging, sidecountry powder and jumps off sidehits and rollers. At 165lbs I'd probably go for a 156 or 158. Been riding over 20 years but that said I don't need a board that will punish me. Is it a really aggressive full camber ride? Can I make it do what I want without having tree-trunk legs?
Yup, what he said.Between those two boards, for the type of use that you're describing, the Mountain twin sounds like a better fit. Of the two, it's the "one board quiver."
The Aviator is surprisingly not terrible in a little bit of powder but the Mountain Twin is more competent without sacrificing a ton on groomers. It's better in chop and more playful, but given enough time you can adapt to riding pretty much any board in the conditions that you want. On snow the Aviator is noticeably more aggressive.
Bottom line, one board quiver = Mountain Twin.