Jones Ultra Mind Expander 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 150, 154, 158, 162
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Camber Rocker
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £619 / €700

Less the new kid on the block and more like the big, beefy bodybuilder who just rolled into town, the Jones Ultra Mind Expander is the latest newcomer for this season’s lineup. It takes the loose, surfy “alternative all-mountain” shape and supercharges it for faster, harder charging freeriders. If the Mind Expander was your gateway drug, the Ultra edition is the full-blown acid trip.

Both boards share the same Chris Christenson designed outline and unsinkable base contouring, but the key change comes in the profile. The Ultra Mind Expander has been bolstered up with a solid section of camber running far beyond the inserts. Perhaps the only drawback of this board’s predecessor was its handling on choppier, icier and sketchier terrain. The Ultra put this to rights. It’s hungry to bite the metal into every turn and spit the leftovers out the back.

“The key change comes in the profile, as the Ultra Mind Expander has been bolstered up with a solid section of camber running far beyond the inserts”

That’s enhanced with the addition of the more pronounced Traction 3.0 edges and the substantially stiffer core. Just about every material sat atop and hidden inside the Ultra has been selected for the highest levels of performance. The Triax Carbon Inegra layup, triple-density Power Core and all-new Basalt Power Stringers elevate the board from its “Playful” origins (as the original was described), to “Precise”.

Combined with the ash veneer top sheet, the board is essentially wrapped in a comfort blanket to dampen out any unwanted vibrations. Mind you, you’ll undoubtedly encounter a few once you release the hand brake. No prizes for guessing the 9900 sintered base on Ultra Mind Expander is ultra-fast.

Thankfully, it’s still manoeuvrable in tight spots. A shorter sidecut radius alongside the nose and tail rocker will make the Ultra ride a little shorter than its length suggests and keep it fairly agile. You might even surprise yourself with a couple of switch landings along the way. It is, after all, designed for all of the mountain.

That’s not to say it’s designed for all types of rider. You’ll want a few miles under the belt before you get behind the wheel of this one.

Tester’s Verdict

Owain GeorgeTDC Snowboarding

“First off, this thing looks the part. If Batman owned a snowboard for chasing bad guys down 45° powder faces you would find this in the Batcave for sure.

Ninja-like, all-black styling starts to give you an idea of what this board is built for – serious snowboarding.

The Mind Expander has been a new direction for Jones, moving towards a high-performance all-mountain ripper. Jones has taken that template beefed it up, adding a much stiffer flex and camber underfoot. 

“Take all that into the powder and the Ultra Mind Expander really starts to show off. The steeper and deeper the better”

Get it on groomers and it grips the edge, taking you through the turn like an F1 car. The stiffness drives you and the set back stance guides you towards the tail of the board allowing you to release all that stored energy and pop into the edge change before it grips and goes all over again.

Take all that into the powder and the Ultra Mind Expander really starts to show off. The steeper and deeper the better. The extra stiffness helps the board hold speed and edge and smashes through anything you want to slash.

Just as if you borrowed the Batmobile to head down the corner shop for a pint of milk, you need to give this board your full attention. It is not for the faint-hearted or for practising your butter and side hits game.

I loved ripping it on the groomers, hard-pack, and letting it ride the edge on steep, deep powder days, but coming off the powder and back into resort through chopped up bumps was tough. I like a stiff set up but this board is another level.

The Ultra Mind Expander is definitely not for everyone but if you’re into laying trenches in groomed pistes and charging in the backcountry, this beast leaves you smiling well into your third or fourth après Guinness.”


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