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Jones Flagship 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 144, 158, 159W, 161, 162W, 164, 165W, 166, 169W, 172
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £525 / €599

The Jones Flagship is largely unchanged from last year’s version, right down to the graphic. It’s easy to see why, though; for what it’s designed to do, it’s hard to see how this could be improved upon, and looks-wise it’s become iconic. Besides, Jeremy Jones has never been in the business of changing things just for the sake of it.

More than anything, the Jones Flagship is designed to carry you out of your comfort zone in the backcountry. When you’re taking on a steepest, trickiest face of your life, it’s this kind of solid-as-a-rock deck that you want under your feet.

“A subtly bevelled nose and tail ensure that linking turns is a smooth, intuitive process, even at eye-wateringly high speeds”

Its peerless stability is achieved using a stiff core that includes bamboo stringers and paulownia. There are also basalt additives that send the input from your feet directly to the edges.

It’s far from twitchy, though; a subtly bevelled nose and tail ensure that linking turns is a smooth, intuitive process, even at eye-wateringly high speeds – something you’ll achieve easily thanks to the top-shelf base.

Naturally it’s pretty poor in the piste-buttering stakes, but then what would you expect? If you’re at all interested in freestyle, something like the Jones Mountain Twin would be a better choice.

As you can see from the size range, the Jones Flagship is there to cater for anyone who likes a strong, sturdy foundation from which to fully attack the mountain – and for the even more serious freeriders out there, a carbon-enhanced version is available too.

Tester’s Verdict

Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk/

“First off, don’t buy this if you are a newbie… it will ruin you and you may well reconsider snowboarding in favour of skiing (and nobody wants that). It’s a stiff freeride snowboard that is most at home carving out big epic lines down steep gnarly hills.

“Don’t buy this if you are a newbie… it will ruin you”

If you like to either carve up the groomers at warp speed or charge the powder in the backcountry then this is perfect for you. The spoon nose floats brilliantly in the deeper snow, and the slightly beveled tail makes for a less catchy ride on piste.

That said, if you get it wrong you’ll be punished, so the Flagship is for more experienced riders. For 2019 it still has the classic Flagship wooden topsheet, and now it’s lighter than before with an upgraded core.”

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