Jones Mind Expander 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 Jones Women’s Mind Expander here

The Jones Mind Expander made a great first impression when it appeared last winter, with some of our test team calling it the best board they’d ever ridden. Now it’s available as a women’s specific version, so if you’ve been hearing the guys froth over its surfy brilliance, now’s your chance to try it for yourself.

On the surface, it does look a bit like they’ve gone ‘shrink it and pink it’ (or ‘purple it’, rather), but that’s not fair on Jones, a brand that has always done right by female riders. Many brands ease off on the tech side of things when making a ladies’ version, but every feature of the men’s Mind Expander is present and correct here.

“That ‘surf rocker’ profile glides through everything, from powder to slush”

It has the same flex, the same high-quality sintered base, the same core… the same everything! It’s just been re-scaled for female riders. Park rats should avoid this (although it has its moments off side hits), and speed freaks might find it wanting, but the feeling of that ‘surf rocker’ profile gliding through everything from powder to slush will win over everyone else.

The latest upgrade to the men’s version – carbon stringers in the nose specifically designed for this shape – is in the women’s Mind Expander too, so you can expect them to cancel out vibrations and deliver a smoother ride.

In its first year, the Jones Mind Expander women’s snowboard has gone straight to the top tier. Just read what our tester had to say below.

Tester’s Verdict


“What a game changer! The Mind Expander was something completely different to anything I had ridden before, and after a bit of getting used to I had a whale of a time riding it.

“Surprisingly fun and playful on piste, I found it to be poppier than I had expected”

The massive nose and stubby little tail meant it was impossible not to get a beautiful floaty sensation in the powder, and the fact that it was shorter than a traditional powder board meant it was still really nimble and quick in the slashy turns.

Getting down to Eurocarves was a real treat, and the board made it really easy to get super low. Surprisingly fun and playful on piste, I found it to be poppier than I had expected, and the super soft nose meant putting in a couple of presses wasn’t out of the question.”


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