|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Jones Dream Catcher 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Jones Dream Catcher Women’s Snowboard took me by surprise. It was fast, fun, maneuverable, and easy to ride. The Dream Catcher has a stable ride that can cruise through choppy snow and charge turns on steeps but has a fun personality that can play around in and out of the park. It’s a very competent and predictable board in any condition from hard snow to powder.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for a day and then returned it.
Conditions: Soft to medium soft snow, a little ice and chopped up off-piste snow.
Boots: Vans Ferra
Bindings: Union Milan
Set Up: 20.8 stance width, 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal under-foot.
Flex/Buttering: Even though the flex is medium to medium stiff in a shop, it’s really easy to butter on snow. You can feel exactly when you get the board on the reverse camber part of the nose or tail. And holding the butter is very stable as well. It has a medium stiff flex of 6/10 that keeps it stable but still allows you to bend the board if needed. Butters are easy, and it has great pop.
Sizing: 142, 145, 148, 151, 154. For me, the 142 would be a better call for my weight but the 145 would be a little better for my boot size.
On Snow Feel: Feels very stable when riding around, easy to engage the edge and turn from side to side. It is a little washy when riding one foot, the camber keeps it fairly stable and it feels much more stable than most rocker or hybrid rocker boards but it tends to slide around a bit compared to boards with more camber when sliding flat or flat basing.
Edge Hold: Very nice edge hold on hard snow and even ice. The lightly serrated edge (Jones’ Traction Tech) along the side-cut helps the Jones Dream Catcher to grip nicely on hardpack and ice but not too much that it feels catchy. Unlike some more aggressive sidecut disruptions with other boards, it doesn’t grab in softer snow which is a bonus. This sidecut works well for most conditions that you want to ride in and even some you don’t but might have to anyways.
Turn Initiation: Really easy and fast to turn and maneuver from edge to edge. I was able to get it on edge without much effort, it just held the turn for a shorter amount of time than other boards with more camber. In comparison to the Jones Twin Sister, the Jones Dream Catcher was a faster turner and much easier to handle in tight spots that require quick turns.
Turning Experience: Simple and fun to turn. The Jones Dream Catcher is fast edge to edge, its great for small and medium radius turns. The large radius turns are ok but I found the board didn’t want to keep on edge for too long when carving. Skidded turns were very easy as well.
Carving: It can carve but wasn’t my favorite out of the Jones line for this. I found the camber to be pretty mellow, so you can get it on edge and hold it but it doesn’t have that snappy spring back into the next turn that you would get from a “carving” board.
Speed: Felt great at higher speeds, was easy to get up to speed as well. The 6/10 flex helps to keep it stable and cuts down on the chatter you get from softer boards. It also has a sintered base to help keep it quick on the snow. Jones’ bases often have a pretty good glide for the price point and this is no exception.
Uneven Terrain: I really liked it in choppy and bumpy snow. It is stable enough to charge through chunder, and quick enough to turn in between moguls. It’s a great board for someone who often rides on weekends and is still out there getting after it on a Saturday afternoon.
Powder: Would ride great in powder with the directional nose as well as extra reverse camber in the nose you should be fine. For me, there’s enough extra nose with just riding it normal that I shouldn’t have to set it back unless it is a deep deep day. If you want a lot of directional float then setting it all the way back will get you a difference of 4.5″ between nose and tail or 2.25″ back on board. That’s a lot for an all mountain/one board quiver kind of ride and it can hang with some Freeride boards when it comes to directional float. It’s hard to get any better without sacrificing its ability to ride well centered/switch on groomers.
Switch: The Jones Dream Catcher rides great switch, you don’t even notice that it is a directional snowboard. The camber in the middle along with rocker in the nose/tail makes for a pretty easy ride either way. It might not be as good as some directional twins or true twins but it’s much better than you would think when looking at its shape.
Jumps: Really fun on jumps, plenty of pop on an ollie, and easy to spin. Feels light under-foot as well.
Jibbing: The Jones Dream Catcher is fun on jibs, the directional nose doesn’t affect jibbing at all. It is quick and maneuverable so you feel free to throw it around whenever you feel like it. If you want to jib all day there are better boards but this is really good for its flex and shape.
Pipe: There wasn’t a pipe to test it in, but I think it would ride pipe ok. I would like more camber if it was going to be my “pipe board” so it could drive better from wall to wall but you can dabble for sure and have some fun without having to worry about edge hold or stability.
So overall, the Jones Dream Catcher Women’s Snowboard would be great for someone learning how to ride, but it can also be ridden aggressively so you can grow with the board. It is a directional board that has more rocker in the nose than the tail for extra ease in powder but it’s very competent when riding switch or riding more centered on the board. If you want a one board quiver that has more directional float than the Jones Twin Sister and turns faster but rides easier as well as better when switch/centered than the Jones Women’s Flagship then this is a great call.
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