UPDATE: Check out our review of the Jones Storm Chaser Snowboard for 2020/2021 by clicking here.
- Sizes: 142, 147, 152, 157, 160
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Rocker
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £529/ €600
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Before the Mind Expander and Lone Wolf were added to the series, surf designer Chris Christenson and Jeremy Jones put their heads together and created what remains the most experimental shape in the lineup to this day – the Storm Chaser.
About the same size as a shot of tequila, it works in much the same way: things start off just fine, but before you know it you’ve lost your friends, have powder all over your face and the last four hours have become one huge blur. Regardless, you’re having the time of your life.
The outline gives enough of a clue as to what the Storm Chaser was made for, but closer inspection from a few other angles reveals just how well it was made to float. The 4D Contour spoons the nose out and creates a subtle channel in-between the swallowtail for spewing snow out the back. Coupled with a full rocker profile, it literally bounces and skims along the surface.
“The outline gives enough of a clue as to what the Storm Chaser was made for, but closer inspection from a few other angles reveals just how well it was made to float”
Obviously, it’s a pretty girthy number. To counter that cumbersome feeling from edge to edge, Jones have kept the flex more torsionally soft and introduced disruptions along the edge. This won’t transform the Storm Chaser into a samurai sword, but it will make things easier when you’re darting across the piste to find the next stash of freshies.
While the shape and flex have been left untouched this year (good news), some changes come in the form of sustainable materials that also serve to enhance performance ratios (great news).
No doubt about it, this one’s going to be a tough sell on the shop floor, especially if you’re only planning a couple of weeks to the Alps this winter. It’s a quiver stick, through and through. The Storm Chaser is pure indulgence, but that’s true of all of the best things in life. Besides, it’s hardly taking up room in the board bag, is it?