The Jones Explorer is a lower cost ride that lives in between the Flagship and Jones Mountain Twin and it’s not a bad choice for the price.
2017 Jones Explorer Review
2016 Jones Explorer Review
Conditions: Some Powder and some groomer time.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Flux DS
Set Up: Somewhat set back, 23″ 15 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal and maybe a touch on the heavy side.
On Snow Feel: Like all Jones boards it feels stable between the feet, on the stiffer aggressive side but not catchy or like there is much consequence if you have to suddenly skid a turn. So it appeals well to the rider who is aggressive or wants to be aggressive but doesn’t want the consequence associated with that style of riding.
Powder: We only had a little light super easy fluffy CO snow so can’t say for sure but if it’s like the Flagship and Jones Mountain Twin then it’s going to float like a champ. Probably a shade better than the Jones Mountain Twin but a shade less than the Flagship.
Turn Initiation: Very easy to generate a turn properly but not too quick. Feels faster edge to edge than the Jones Mountain Twin but not quite as quick as the Flagship.
Skidded Turns: This board isn’t soft but the rocker in the nose and tail make it easy and rather forgiving if you have to skid your turn when in a tight or steep spot and you get off your game. I think that’s why they call this an entry level freeride board. I wouldn’t call it entry level though and find it’s an aggressive all mountain to Freeride board at a reasonable price.
Carving: Rails out a pretty good carve that we all actually liked better than the Jones Aviator and Jones Mountain Twin and it feels the same as the Jones Flagship.
Speed: Pretty fast and damp. The base has a good glide to it as well despite the fact it’s cheaper than most of the Jones boards.
Uneven Terrain: The Jones Explorer has a little less forgiving of a feel than the Jones Mountain Twin but a better feel in uneven terrain than the Flagship. When we say uneven terrain it’s all about sloppy resort groomers on a Saturday afternoon.
Edge Hold: Really strong edge hold that can hang in icy snow but is best ridden from hard to soft snow. It also doesn’t grab in thicker softer snow.
Flex: It’s not that mellow of a flex and feels definitely stiffer than the Jones Mountain Twin but a little less stiff than the Flagship.
Switch: Doable switch and better than the Flagship but not as good as the Mtn Twin.
Jibbing: No thanks.
Pipe: We didn’t try the pipe but it seems like it would do well here.
Jumps: Not quite as lively as many of the Jones boards but there is a decent amount of pop for an ollie off natural terrain. Not really a board to lap the jumps in the park.
So all in all it’s a solid board for those that want to have an aggressive but still pretty forgiving ride for the flex. Our only complaint is that we’d like to see a little more lively feel under foot but it could still make a lot of riders happy.