Jones Mini Mind Expander 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Review

Jones has been leading the way in making freeride-friendly snowboards for groms who can ride pow. After all, if 11-year-old can do triple corks, then (with the right gear and training) why shouldn’t they be able to tear down a steep face?

The Jones Mind Expander Mini kids’ snowboard is the boldest creation yet. While previous kids boards (the Prodigy and Discovery) had a conventional shape similar to the Mountain Twin, the Mind Expander Mini takes its beats from its namesake in the adults’ range – an offbeat, surf-inspired rocker board.

“Shape-wise, all the hallmarks of the adult version are present and correct”

It’s been a little spec’d down from the original, but in ways that make complete sense. Gone are the bamboo and paulownia stringers, with a simple all-poplar construction in its place. It hasn’t been given the new carbon additives either, but for smaller riders they’d be less effective anyway.

The base may be slightly less quick too, but as it’s still sintered it’s better than what most kids’ boards offer. Shape-wise, all the hallmarks of the adult version are present and correct, from the powerful sidecut to the blunted nose and short tail.

Kids that want to do flatland 360s all the way down the piste still have several options open to them, but it’ll be interesting to see how many of them are converted early to what Jeremy Jones calls ‘the Life Of Glide’.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team


“I love this board – I didn’t have to lean back at all in powder, the board just floated. I had my best day of the season – if not ever – riding this. I wasn’t sure that it would go that well on piste because the nose of the board looked so long and flappy. But it was brilliant, it turned really nicely. The only thing that was hard was riding switch.”


“I don’t like this as much as the Yes PowInc. It does float on top of the snow amazingly and I did some good turns, but it was too big for me to spin so I don’t think I’d use it that often.”

Dad’s Comments

“This thing looks so odd when you set it up; the nose length is ridiculous. But on closer inspection the side cut and stance options line up nicely. We had very good snow to test this and the results were amazing.

Both kids were apprehensive and while it was really too big for Lightning he loved the turns. I initially thought this board was a luxury because it looks like such a powder-specific board. But if your kid isn’t that into park then this is a great piste-blasting option too. Ella said to me at the end of her first day on the Mind Expander ‘That is the best day I’ve ever had on a snowboard’ – does it get any better than that?”


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