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Jones Frontier Split 2021-2022 Splitboard Review

Tested and selected for our top 100 snowboard products of the year: the Jones Frontier Split

  • Price: £699 / €750 / $750
  • Category: Splitboard
  • Sizes: 152, 156, 158W, 159, 161W, 162, 164W
  • Flex: 6/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • 3D: No
  • Base: Sintered

Why we chose the Jones Frontier Split Snowboard: It’s that ol’ reliable friend to take out on the skin track every single time. Backcountry freestyle, tree lines, powder bowls, chutes, it’s the perfect tool for exploring new frontiers in the backcountry.

The backcountry can often feel like a pretty intimidating place to get started out in, but it doesn’t need to be. The Jones Frontier Split has been designed for every ability level of rider who’s looking to earn their turns away from the resort this season. With a user-friendly flex, a rock-solid construction, and beautiful topsheet from Jones regular artist, RP Roberts, there’s so much to love about this one.

“The Jones Frontier Split has been designed for every ability level of rider who’s looking to earn their turns away from the resort this season”

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Who Is The Jones Frontier Split For?

While it would make an ideal option for someone looking to make their first splitboard purchase, the Frontier is really open to a huge spectrum of riders. It’s not only one of the most affordable splitboards on the market, it’s also one of the most versatile. Yes, it can step up to the plate on slightly more demanding lines, but really this thing is happy wherever you point it (that includes switch, too).

Shape, Profile and Sidecut

The camber profile is a big part of the Frontier Split’s personality and versatility. The mid-body camber is powerful enough to hold the board’s line in scrappy conditions, and also when you’re looking to put down some wide open carves, but the rocker profiles in both the nose and tail sections give the board that loose, playful and super floaty feeling in the deep stuff.

While the shape is slightly directional in its nature to aid performance in your preferred direction, you’ll barely notice this when it comes to popping a 180 or putting some turns in switch. Many splits are designed with ultra-directional outlines, but the Frontier split doesn’t really lose out on any freeride performance but allows for a much more versatile and freestyle oriented ride.

The Traction Tech 2.0 sidecuts feature bumps along the outer edges of the split to help you find increased grip in firm or icy conditions, but the stroke of genius from the bods at Jones means you also get these on the splitboard’s inside edges. That’s something you’ll be eternally grateful for on those nervy, icy ascents.

“While the shape is slightly directional in its nature to aid performance in your preferred direction, you’ll barely notice this when it comes to popping a 180 or putting some turns in switch”

Construction and Materials

Out of all our splitboard selections for this year’s 100 awards, the Frontier is undoubtedly the softest flexing. Biax fibreglass layers sandwich a full poplar wood core, which certainly takes a chunk off the price tag, but still offers riders a good amount of response and durability in an easy to control flex pattern. You’ll find the core feels slightly soft in between then feet, for added manoeuvrability between your turns and increased stability and control out at the ends of the board.

The topsheet itself comes equipped with the usual Jones eco-cred you’d come to expect from their line – a bioplastic material made from recycled castor beans which helps to shed show and prevent the board from getting weighed down on the ascents. The underside is decked out with a lightning-fast sintered base which will continue to glide several tours after its last service.

And as for the split specific hardware? Well, the Karakorum Ultra clips are the strongest, lowest profile splitboard clips in the world. They deliver unmatched compression between board halves and they are adjustable so you can maintain even compression as your splitboard ages.

“The Frontier Split epitomises the all-encompassing nature of splitboarding better than any other product on the market”

Roundup

With the rapid surge in splitboarding’s popularity over the last year, it’s important that the market caters to all abilities and budgets of rider out there. There’s a bit of a misconception that splitboarding is reserved for only the most grizzled, long-in-the-tooth snowboard veterans. That’s far from the case. With the right safety equipment, an experienced guide, and appropriate conditions, it has never been so easy to draw your own lines down an untouched face in the backcountry. The Frontier Split epitomises the all-encompassing nature of splitboarding better than any other product on the market. This is genuinely a splitboard for the masses.

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