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Jones Ultra Mountain Twin 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 154, 157, 158W, 160, 161W
  • Flex: 9
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £529 / €600
  • BUY DIRECT FROM JONES

For some of their most popular and iconic snowboards – the Hovercraft, the Mind Expander, and the Mountain Twin – the team at Jones have supercharged the boards and brought the Ultra versions to market. Every inch of these specimens deliver premium performance. The Ultra Mountain Twin is the freeride friendly, twin flavoured, specced up all-mountain mountain destroyer.

It has the same shape, profile and traction sidecut as the softer flexing Mountain Twin. Similarly, eco-friendly Super Sap Bio Resin is featured on both (and in fact all the Jones) snowboards this year. That’s where the similarities end. From this point on, everything steps up several notches.

” Anyone who thinks they’re strapping into a freestyle focused, jib friendly snowboard will be taught a few hard lessons early on”

Working from the inside out, the updated FSC Power Core features a triple-density full wood core, sandwiched between tri-ax fibreglass layers and topped with the new Power Sustainable basalt stringers. The Ultra Mountain Twin almost maxes out the flex rating scale. Anyone who thinks they’re strapping into a freestyle focused, jib friendly snowboard will be taught a few hard lessons early on. While the board’s geometry clearly lends itself to handling switch, it takes an experienced rider and serious terrain to justify the board’s aggressive, snappy flex pattern.

The underside is powered up with an eye-wateringly fast 9900 sintered base, but the inevitable chatter found at these speeds is, for the most part, offset by an ash veneer top sheet. So whether you’re holding your nerve into the lip of the backcountry kickers or holding on for your life on the run out of your line, the Ultra Mountain Twin is your rock steady, razor-sharp, vigilante in the field. Just look at the thing – it’s like Batman, for crying out loud.

Inevitably, that would make you Robin. Prepare to put in a shift, you’re the one taking orders here.

Tester’s Verdict

Stevo McDonaldWhiteroom Snowboarding

“This is Jones’ top-end, super-charged all-mountain board. My first impression on riding it was that it was stiff. Very stiff. So stiff that I’m pretty sure it was bridging across bumps at times instead of flexing into the gap, and I’m 85kg soaking wet!

“There is loads of pop, the nose-rocker gives plenty of float in soft snow and, as you’d expect from a twin shape, it’s very happy to be ridden switch”

It will crank out turns on any terrain and the edge-hold is phenomenal but the stiffness makes shaping the turns tougher than it should be. Like the Ultracraft, it also sends every little bump and rut straight to the rider’s legs.

There is loads of pop, the nose-rocker gives plenty of float in soft snow and, as you’d expect from a twin shape, it’s very happy to be ridden switch. It’s a strong all-rounder, but overall it left me a little disappointed. Snowboarding is supposed to be fun and in some terrain, this thing often felt like hard work. It’s a serious top-end, all-mountain charger and will only suit strong, experienced and probably pretty heavy riders.”

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