The Jones Ultra Aviatoris a lighter version of the already light Aviator that isn’t for everyone but for those that are really into having the lightest gear around might be really into this board. Its a fun snappy playful board and my only issue was it’s weird somewhat washy feel on a carve. Here are a shit ton of unedited videos of me just talking about it on the chair and at the car. The ride is very much the same from the 15-16 models.
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Conditions: End of the year conditions in the Sierras with firm to really good snow in the morning slowly transitioning to wet melting inconsistent snow with slush in some spots.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Diode, Flux SF
Set Up: A little set back, about 22.5-23″ wide 15 front -6 back and 15 front -15 back just about centered
Approximate Weight: Super light and it’s the kind of board that defines the top of the light board spectrum. If you geek out on weight this is your board. I thought the 2015 Aviator is light but the Ultra Aviator is insanely light. It’s probably the lightest board I tried this year.
On Snow Feel: Nice stable ride that feels aggressive but not catchy. It’s got more of a hybrid camber feel than camber even though it’s mainly just a camber board with the sides turned up in the tip/tail. It might just be me but it seems like there might be some rocker in the nose in addition to the lifted sides. It also feels like it’s a little less aggressive than the regular aviator.
Turn Initiation: Lively and semi quick edge to edge. You have to know what you are doing and have the right size like I did with the 156 and then you will be able to turn this board pretty quick. It almost borders on being easy turning. Short radius turns to wider radius turns are pretty fun and it’s the kind of board that never makes turning all day boring.
Flex: Feels a little softer but just as lively as the regular aviator. It actually butters pretty well for me but I’m not too light for my height. I think I was pushing 205 about this time.
Edge Hold: Nice grip even in hard morning spring snow. Also it didn’t grab at all even in thicker messy soft snow.
Powder: This is a pretty good powder board. It’s not as easy as the Jones Mountain Twin but it’s got some good float for a mostly camber board.
Carving: So this is a fun board to carve but it’s a little washy the more you lean into it. It seems like the turned up sides of the tip and tail take a little bit out of the carve. It’s hard to explain but it feels like it’s going to take more effort to turn but then it turns easier than the effort you put in the turn. That can lead to it washing out with the tip/tail lifted on the sides. It’s not as bad as Bataleon’s All Mountain to Freeride TBT but it’s missing something that the hybrid camber Jones boards have as well as any true camber board has.
Speed: Didn’t feel as fast as the regular aviator. The base had a nice glide to it but there are sacrifices to make a board so light.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy in uneven snow or end of the day chopped up groomer snow.
Switch: Better than I thought switch but it’s definitely different.
Jumps: This isn’t really a board to lap the park with but it’s got really snappy pop to it and it’s fine for launching off on a cliff.
Jibbing: No thanks!
Pipe: I didn’t get to try this in a pipe but it seems like it would be really fun for direcitonal riding. It’s just not ideal for those that really rip the pipe and prefer to land or take off switch.
So all in all this is a really fun lively board but Ultralight boards always worry me. Most of my experience with boards like this is you pay a big price for this weight. You get more chatter, it’s less reliable and its more expensive. If you have knee issues or are a real weight geek then this could work for you. However most riders who are into this board would probably be better off with the regular Aviator.