- Sizes: 162, 168, 174
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £625 / €700
- BUY DIRECT FROM JONES
Who needs a riding pack when you can be a Lone Wolf? The turning torpedo from Jones Snowboards is back on the hunt this season. This is the board for sniffing out the deepest powder but, surprisingly, a board that you don’t just get to ride once in a blue moon.
First order of business – let’s talk about the size. Lined up on the wall with the rest of the Jones fleet, the Lone Wolf looks like the awkward kid in the class photo who got held back several years. When the shortest length comes in outside the size-bracket of most all-mountain snowboards, you know you’re strapping into something built for the deep.
“When the shortest length comes in outside the size-bracket of most all-mountain snowboards, you know you’re strapping into something built for the deep”
And boy, does it float. That’s not just down to that huge progressive rocker in the nose, but the 3D contouring found there, too. Jeremy teamed up with renowned surf shaper, Chris Christenson, to create a series of boards (including the Storm Chaser and Mind Expander series) that are tailored for creative freeriders and every style of cutback and bottom turn the backcountry throws up.
There’s also a pretty serious swallowtail in the back – though, fittingly for its name, is shaped more like a pair of wolf’s ears – that just sinks into the powder.
However, when it hasn’t snowed in weeks, there’s another side to this board’s story. With a sidecut more akin to a super-G race board, and a narrow waist width with “Traction Tech” disruptions along the edge, the Lone Wolf is primed for wide-open carves on piste. A solid dose of camber underfoot and the responsive Triax Carbon Inegra sheet makes this the alpha male whose bite well and truly lives up to its bark.
Obviously it’s not going to be the most agile shape for cutting through the crowds, and if you’re taking a lap through the park you’ll probably want ski patrol on standby. But give the Lone Wolf space to run in its natural habitat and let the hunt begin.