If you’re going for a powder specific stick – the Jones Hovercraft is more than likely already on your radar. Boasting a growing following, and an aesthetic that would make Greenpeace proud, Jones have made every effort to make sure this lives up to its name in the backcountry.
The Hovercraft is shaped by years of experience riding in powder – a wide blunted nose and short cresent tail pull you up and over the snow without sitting you too far back, and the compact shape keeps your turning circle short enough to manoeuvre well through trees and changing terrain. Combined with directional rocker that is more significant through the nose – you’re certainly looking at a smooth catch-free ride.
Melow Magne-Traction edges are in place to cut through whatever kind of snow stands in your way – giving this charger some versatility when you’re riding piste; and you can rest assured that Jones have done everything they can to make the Hovercraft as green as possible with recycled edges and sidewalls just some of the features contributing to their ‘Green Mission’.
“After I got a chance to try one of these for three weeks in Japan last year, I ended up getting one – this thing rides deep snow really well! There’s a lack of effort required to get it to float – the tail just sinks in the deep stuff. You can actually ride this shorter than you would a standard board – the 156 that I’ve got is plenty long enough, and that means it’s also super manoeuvrable. The tail just sinks down, you don’t have to think about anything – it’s perfect for nipping through tight trees or picking your way down a couloir. It’s also great for charging down corduroy and accessing that next powder stash” – Ed Blomfield