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Jones Carbon Flagship 2016-2013 Snowboard Review

Jones Carbon Flagship 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

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The Jones Carbon Flagship is a lighter more aggressive version of the wood top Flagship. The 2014 Jones Flagship is a great ride but the 2015 Carbon Flagship is a little lighter, snappier and a lot meaner.  Is it worth bumping up $300? For some yes but most will be almost as happy with the 2014 and especially so with the 2015 wood top Flagship with a new core.

The 2015 and 2016 Jones Carbon Flagship has a new and better core than before but the rest of the board is the same.  There is a little more pop and it’s got a little bit more of a livelier snappier ride. Over all though the ride is pretty similar and this is just a slight improvement on the armored Ferrari feel it has.  The 2014 and 2013 Jones Carbon Flagship are almost exactly the same. Overall the 2016-2013 Carbon Flagship has a very similar ride to it.

Size 161 and 168

Days: 5+
Conditions: Firm but decent Rockies Snow. Softer clean Sierra Snow with some left over soft but pretty thick powder.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo, Eli, Tim and Dylan
Boots: Burton IonBurton SLXBurton ImperialNike KaijuDC Judge
Bindings: Flux SF45,Now Drive and Now IPO
Set Up:  Set back a little bit about 23″ wide 18 front 0 back and a few other stances close to this.

The Jones Carbon Flagship addressed all the complaints of the Wood Top Flagship and also changed up the personality of the ride. It doesn’t feel any less aggressive than the Wood Top but just more lively and a little more easy to manage. Jones took the same carbon fiber weave that Nidecker uses on the Megalight to make the board significantly lighter and much more snappy.The board is now light, fast and mean.  Just because this shares the same Carbon Fiber as the Megalight it doesn’t mean it rides like it.  This is more aggressive than both but at the same time it feels much more lively than the Wood Top Flaghship.  It’s not for everyone but those that can handle it will love this board.

On Snow Feel: Same great ride as the wood top but the lighter livier feel makes the ride more enjoyable taking on high speed or carving assaults on the mountain.

Powder: What a fun powder board. We had a lot of time on it’s wood top brother in the deep stuff and the shape is exactly the same specs except for the top sheet. It has incredible float and really easy turn initiation for a board of this flex when it comes to negotiating steep chutes or tight trees. Again this feels livelier and more fun in all powder situations compared to the Wood version.  Powder can often thicken up or on weekends get really tracked or rutted out and in these situations the Carbon will perform better than the wood.  When the powder tracked but not rutted both Flagships can handle it like a champ.  If it’s thicker grippy powder that didn’t settle smoothly due to wind both will also dominate here.

Turn Initiation and Carving- Very similar to the Wood here but to us it felt easier to transition from edge to edge.  Maybe it’s the significantly reduced weight.makes you feel like the turn initiation is easier.  Engaging into a carve is the same fun feeling and you can lay it out as far as you can if the conditions are right. The Carbon Flagship shines with medium, wide and big carving turns but it’s also about the easiest board of this flex we came acrooss to negotiate tighter radius turn situations.

Speed: It’s flex feels about the same as the Wood top and we felt no difference in chatter between the two. The base for both is exceptionally fast. This is the perfect combo of base and build to make this board pick up speed, keep speed and handle chatter at super fast speeds.

Uneven Terrain: One notable thing is the Carbon Flagship handles reverse chatter better.  What do we mean by this.  When the conditions start to suck like a crowded Saturday afternoon does, the runs get rutted up and slow you down. You are fighting to maneuver the board between uneven snow and the beginnings of moguls and the board makes you feel like you are getting the same nasty chatter a noodle board would get at high speeds.  This is what can happen with the Flagship Wood Top and to a lesser extent the Flagship Carbon.  This is still a very aggressive board meant for good groomers and all kinds of powder but the second half of a Saturday is much more manageable than with the regular Flagship. So it’s better with bumpy snow but it’s still not great.

Weight- This is significantly lighter than the Wood Top Sheet board. Still it’s no fly weight but it went from heavy to light….. maybe borderline featherweight.  This still has a lot of strength in it for the way Jones rides so it’s not like the Megalight.  Their is enough weight reduced

Edge Hold: The mellow magnetraction side cut makes for borderline excellent edge hold.  You can handle a hundread yards or so at the top of a windy icy peak but we wouldn’t say it would be great for a dedicated ice board.  When you get past the ice into maybe thick powder like sierra cement it won’t have that overly grippy feel of regular magnetraction.

Flex: The flex is a step lower than the Wood Top and we felt it improved performance instead of hindered it. We definitely like the feel of the flex with the Carbon over the Wood. The 2015 Jones Carbon Flagship has the same flex but just a little more snap.

The rest of these categories aren’t really meant for the Jones so we’ll skip them.  The only thing worth mentioning is this board ollies pretty well (better than the wood version) and is great for any natural feature as long as you don’t want to land switch.  It’s a very directional ride.

All in all this is one of our favorite freeride boards and even where though many ratings are the same as the wood top the loss of weight along with the more dynamic feel of carbon makes this a better board to ride in every category we rate this.  It can be a bit aggressive like we joked about on the video review but it’s also more forgiving than you would think for something of this flex.

 




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Jones Carbon Flagship 2016-2013 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

Highly recommended freeride board

Mar 01, 2016 by Anon
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20-25 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 178cm, 72kg, US 11 

Setup: rode the 164 with Burton Cartels and Burton Driver X boots. Conditions were a mix of spring corn lower down, the hardest of hard pack higher up and some consolidated powder off the groomers themselves.

Comments:
- Worth reading the sizing guide on the Jones website. They say the blunt nose means it actually rides like a board that\'s a few cm longer.
- The hype around it being \"expert only\" is probably a bit overdone. You do need to be able to turn properly and have good edge control, but you don\'t need to be an \"expert\". My weight is right at the bottom of the recommended range and I\'m no expert but I could ride the board comfortably in a variety of conditions and loved it.

What I like about this board:
- very stable at speed (which makes you feel more confident riding fast. I felt like I was riding about 20 kmh slower than I actually was)
- very fast base (noticeably better than the sintered 7200 on other Jones boards)
- very fast edge-to-edge (riding the 164)
- very responsive, even with only a medium-stiff binding. Looking forward to trying this with a stiffer binding.
- carves very well. You can really lay into a carve on this board
- floats very well in powder
- combination of setback, nose length and length of board mean you can ride on a wide stance without losing the float in pow (I ride 25\" / 63.5 cm stance)

What I don\'t like
- the waist width on the 162W is 26.3 but on the 164 is 25.4. It would be better to have a wide board with a slightly narrower waist (around 25.8 would be ideal). Is there really anyone that needs a 162 cm Carbon Flag that also needs 26.3 waist width?! Even the Ultracraft 160 is only 26 and according to Jones that rides 3-6 cm longer so is like a 163-166 non-powder board...

Overall - loved the Carbon Flagship. I\'ve also ridden the Mountain Twin Limited and the Ultracraft and this is by far my favorite Jones board. Recommended for freeriding and riding fast.


Awesome freeride board and doing speed runs

Jul 14, 2014 by Tim
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freestyle/All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 

I got this board in 2014. I was looking to expand my quiver and get a really good freeride board. James (owner) helped me pick this one out!

1. This board is FAST on the slopes!, no doubt about it. I rode a 125km/h (78mp/h) on this baby, but you need super groomed slopes. Once it gets choppy (you know when loads of people ride on the slopes) it's time to switch this board out for a good all mountain or go into the deep powder .

2. It's freaking awesome to go on and ride deep powder on it as well. This board gives you the feeling you just can't sink and it gives great stability while riding (also on the slopes).

3. One minor thing is the price, it's damn expensive but compared to the regular Flagship the Carbon Flagship does look so much cooler!

I know I'm gonna have fun on this baby next winter!


4.5 5.0 2 2 Setup: rode the 164 with Burton Cartels and Burton Driver X boots. Conditions were a mix of spring corn lower down, the hardest of hard pack higher up and some consolidated powder Jones Carbon Flagship 2016-2013 Snowboard Review

Riding Style

Freeride

Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide

Manufactured in

Austria by GST

Shape

Tapered Directional

Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber

Stance

Setback -20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Flex

Stiff

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Powder

Excellent

Carving

Great

Speed

Excellent

Uneven Terrain

Poor

Switch

Average

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Average