Jones isn’t just about beards, ice axes, splitboards and powder-chomping rockets like the Hovercraft. They also do a fine line in ‘all-mountain freestyle’ sticks, such as the Jones Mountain Twin. For the rider who’d rather take on a step-down than a gnarly culoir, the Mountain Twin offers plenty of pow performance while keeping tricks – both regular and switch – on the table.
The ‘Camrock’ profile behaves predominantly like a traditional camber board, but features rockered section at the nose and tail that help to keep the front end up in the deep stuff. It can more than hold its own on the groomers, too, with the mellow Magne-Traction edges (which look and behave a bit like a serrated bread knife) complimenting the natural grip of the board’s profile. It also features Jones’ second-fastest base and their extra-durable Stronger Edges. This year it’s also available in a limited edition that’s lighter, stiffer and with added carbon stringers. Women should also consider the Twin Sister, which features a slightly softer flex courtesy of a female-specific core build, and carbon stringers as standard.
“Thanks to the old-school camber underfoot and the lightweight core, the Mountain Twin feels very stable on high-speed groomers and handles the chop really well too. It’s got great torsional response when turning, whilst the mellow Magne-Traction gives you precise edge hold. Great float in the powder, too. Despite being a bit stiffer than some of the other all-mountain freestyle snowboards on the market, it’s still a lot of fun to play about on across the whole mountain. It’s a fantastically well-constructed snowboard that feels solid and stompable – although perhaps a bit on the pricey side.“ – Darren Williams