- Sizes: 146, 150, 154, 158, 162
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Rocker
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £479 / €549
The Jones Mind Expander snowboard was launched last winter, and while not exactly a sea change for the brand, it was definitely something different. Taking heavy inspiration from the world of surfing, and roping in expert shaper Chris Christensen on the design, Jeremy Jones had sought to create an “alternative all-mountain board”.
It’s a neat description; whilst the Jones Mind Expander strays far from the usual characteristics of an all-rounder, it can still do anything and everything with aplomb. Aside from a couple of tweaks, including the addition of carbon in the nose for extra stability, this remains largely unchanged from last year’s version.
“Whilst the Jones Mind Expander strays far from the usual characteristics of an all-rounder, it can still do anything and everything with aplomb”
The biggest difference to what you’d get from, for example, the Jones Explorer, is the profile. The Mind Expander features a full rocker profile, which rises through the extended nose. There’s also a pretty serious bevel at the nose and tail, making it look more like something you’d find in the water than on a mountain.
No prizes, then, for guessing how well this deals with a powder field. Floatation is always at hand with minimal effort required, and the mid-stiff flex makes it terrific for all kinds of blasting (stopping short of boss-level Alaska, perhaps).