In his quest to build the ultimate powder boards, Jeremy Jones has taken a lot of influence from the pow-specific sticks he came across in Japan. This year he’s looked more towards the world of surfing, and teamed up with shaper Chris Christenson to create the Jones Storm Chaser.
This stubby, swallowtailed curio is a specialist backcountry weapon even by Jeremy’s standards, so anyone afraid of venturing off-piste would be wise to keep looking. If you do like the steep and deep, though, the shape of this makes it ideal for quick, reactive turns.
The profile is specific to this model, with a mellow rocker from the tail to just beyond the front inserts, exaggerated towards the nose for even more buoyancy. Even at slow speeds or on less steep pitches, you’ll struggle to sink this one.
It goes without saying that this isn’t designed for resort riding, but it’s stable enough and fast enough to carve up the piste while you’re waiting for the goods. The mellow Magne-Traction edges will grip and rip, and it’s wide enough for you to get as low as you dare in the carves.
Then, once that storm arrives, you’re ready to chase it…
“There are a lot of boards in this crazy shape genre this winter, but for me this is the pick of the bunch. It’s really just a powder toy for someone building a quiver, but is purely for wide open cruisey runs rather than lines of consequence.
Piste-wise, there is no gold plating this; at low speeds this board is a slug. It’s heavy, too stiff to play on and very slow between turns.
However, once you pass 20mph and get it on an edge, it comes to life. You’ll find yourself squatted down, arms out in your best Airbus A380 impression, envisioning yourself with a bouffant 80’s mane cascading out of a fluro head band.
If you have a vacancy in your quiver for a steed that slays powder and channels your inner Tom Sims, then this is board for you."
"There are a lot of boards in this crazy shape genre this winter, but for me this is the pick of the bunch"