- Sizes: 152, 156, 160
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: €849
If a brand makes a split version of an already immensely popular freeride board, it’ll be hoping that it’s not only well received by hardened tourers, but also provides a solid ‘gateway’ option for anyone looking for their first splitboard. The Jones Hovercraft splitboard falls into both these categories.
The shape, construction and flex are essentially the same as on the solid version, so for more details check out our Jones Hovercraft review here. For now we’ll offer a quick summary: it’s become one of the most recognisable snowboards around, garnering a loyal following off the back of its performance both on and off the piste.
“The serrated ‘Traction Tech’ edges found on the original Hovercraft are present here too, and you’ll also find them on the inside edges”
The short tail doesn’t offer up much in the way of pop, but on the Hovercraft you could have the best day of your snowboarding life without ever leaving the ground. Inspired by Japan’s long history of powder-specific shaping, it’s all about float, and delivers it like nothing else.
So what about the split-specific features of this version? We’ll start with the Karakoram clips are mounted on a ‘boltless bridge’, meaning that the clips aren’t visible from the base. Thicker wood directly under the clips not only improves the aesthetics, it also makes the torsional properties of the Hovercraft split a closer match with the original.