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Jones Mountain Twin 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 155W, 157, 158W, 160, 161W, 162, 164W, 167W
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £439 / €500
  • BUY DIRECT FROM JONES

Ten years in, and the backcountry boffins at Jones snowboards continue to push the boat out with cutting edge shapes and constructions, designed to elevate every backcountry, freeride, carve and pow surf experience. Yet, year after year, the Mountain Twin remains their best selling board in the line. It’s no surprise really. You get all the quality, expertise and performance found in their quiver decks, bundled into their most versatile, freestyle friendly, all-mountain rip stick.

It’s still a Jones, though. Don’t for a moment think they’ve started wearing their pants around their arse and spend their weekends sitting in the park smoking marijuana cigarettes. This is a board that’s still very much geared towards charging the entire mountain, but one that is more than happy to chuck the odd spin or press, here and there.

“This is a board that’s still very much geared towards charging the entire mountain, but one that is more than happy to chuck the odd spin or press, here and there”

Although it has a directional twin outline, the flex is that of a true twin. You only need to look down to your feet to see the Mountain Twin was clearly designed to be ridden both ways. Having just a little extra volume in the nose will keep turn initiations smooth and help to smash through the crud or powder with your best foot forward. That said, you won’t feel hindered when you want switch things up.

That’s also down to its camrock profile, which keeps the tips less prone to hookups by creating an early rocker rise just beyond both of the inserts. The Mountain Twin is definitely the go-to Jones board for pressing, buttering and just some good old wholesome tomfoolery around the mountain, but a jib stick it ain’t.

There’s still a good chunk of pretty aggressive camber between the feet, stacked between a dual-density wood core with tri-ax fibreglass sheets and a 7000 grade sintered base. Add to that the Traction Tech sidecut disruptions, which create extra contact points along the edge and it all starts to paint a picture of a fairly powerful ride.

All Jones snowboards are getting the Super Sap Bio resin treatment this year, cutting no small amount of the carbon footprint of each board. With these constant eco-evolutions, Jones are doing their part to ensure we’ll hopefully still be riding in the mountains by the time their 20th-anniversary rolls around.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“There’s not too much to say that hasn’t already been said about the Mountain Twin. It’s billed as the most versatile snowboard in the Jones line – which is true – but it’s substantially more at home on the piste and sidecountry than the park.

Here’s the simplest way I can describe my feelings riding the Mountain Twin: You’ve got three factors of park, piste and powder all competing for a slice of the performance pie. Instead of committing to one, you get a blend of everything. But what happens when you mix Red, Blue and Yellow? Yep. Brown.

That’s a little unfair actually. Let’s call it Mocha.

“It’s definitely for someone who prioritises pistes and freeriding over time in the park”

Performance on piste is really solid. You don’t need to ride with razor-sharp technique for the Mountain Twin to deliver a responsive and dynamic ride. Float wise it ain’t too bad either. Being a little setback, with some nose rocker makes the Mountain Twin a good option for capitalising on powder days without blowing your budget on a quiver stick.

I’m definitely someone who favours all-mountain freestyle over all-mountain freeride decks. Not because I’m a better park than piste rider, but because I’m the complete opposite. I want a board to hold my hand through the park and for me to hold its hand over the rest of the mountain. I guess I’m just sat on the other side of the line from the Mountain Twin. It wasn’t inspiring loads of confidence in the park, but I could more or less switch off everywhere else and it took it all in its stride.

It’s definitely for someone who prioritises pistes and freeriding over time in the park. Or, possibly, for bigger riders who keep getting tripped up on lighter, softer all mountain-freestyle boards.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk/

“The freestyle board with a freeride heart, the Jones Mountain Twin is consistently in our top five best selling snowboards. It’s a pretty stiff directional twin model that can be used anywhere over the whole mountain.

“The freestyle board with a freeride heart”

Camber underfoot with a ‘Traction-tech’ edges (think Magna-traction, but less catchy) let you carve hard without the fear of washing out. Rocker in the nose and tail lets you press and butter about the piste/park while simultaneously giving plenty of float in the powder.

It also has a fast sintered base, and and a classic Jones look.”

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