Jones Prodigy 2017-2018 Kids’ Snowboard Review

  • Price: £250 / €280
  • Lengths: 110, 115, 120, 130, 140
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin

When compared to the Jones Discovery, the Jones Prodigy seems quite mellow. However, make no mistake; this is still aimed at the confident young snowboarder, and one who plans to follow Jeremy Jones’ freeride path in the future.

“Make no mistake; this is still aimed at the confident young snowboarder”

Its closest equivalent in the adult range is probably the Jones Explorer; it has the same all-mountain characteristics, such as the camber profile, biax fibreglass and full poplar core. It’s also got the slightly bevelled edge at the nose and tail, which allows for smooth turns without feeling too much like a boat.

Shape-wise, however, it’s a bit more like the Mountain Twin, so you can certainly explore the park on this when there’s no powder around. The extruded base is better suited to hitting boxes and rails than its sintered equivalent, as it’s a bit tougher, but there’s a little bit less speed by comparison.

It’s a little on the narrow side, so if your kid has big feet for their age then be sure there won’t be too much toe overhang. However, if you can get hold of one that suits (and with the new 115cm size, that’s more likely than ever), the Jones Prodigy is a great way to get your kids laying down proper turns all over the mountain.

Tester’s Verdict

Punki – Whitelines Grom Team

“I have to have this board. Pleeease, you have to get me this board. Daddy, I have to have it, it’s amazing. OMG, so carvey, cool shape, so quick to turn. I love it. It’s so goooood… Really stylish, looks like an artwork. Like a painting, I like it a lot. Cool shape too.”

Dad’s Comments

“It took 100 yards for the kids to fall in love with this board. Slightly narrower than most other boards, and stiffer than any other small board that was tested – it is basically designed for young kids who can properly rip.

My kids scared me when they were riding the Prodigy, they were just going so fast. It was a genuine revelation, like they had finally discovered a ‘proper’ snowboard after all the soft ‘no edge catch’ boards they’ve been riding for years.

It wouldn’t work for a beginner, but if your kids are ripping and spend lots of time on the mountain, this is the board for them. They are still pestering me to make sure they get one for next season.”


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