Price US $479

Jones Explorer 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

Jones Explorer 2017 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

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

Size: 159
Days:  1
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.

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Great Carver

Dec 19, 2016 by Brock Van Tassell
Ability Level: Medium Hot Sauce • 
Riding Style: Aggressive All Mountain, Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 10-20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5' 11", 185, 10 boot 

I bought the Explorer 162 and paired it with the Union Force bindings and have really liked it so far. I was this close to buying the Flagship but decided to get the Explorer so I could have a freeride board but still use it all over the mountain. The very first time I used it was a 2 day weekend at Crystal Mountain and it didn't disappoint. I was a little nervous to get it because everywhere said it was a beginner board but it performed waaay better than that. Don't look at it as a beginner, look at it as an all mountain/freeride combo. I was very happy with the carving as it did not wash out, but it wasn't catchy either, it just gripped that turn like a champ! It was great on steep stuff, and when bombing it didn't chatter. Also it handled the end of the day chunder very well, I hardly even noticed going through it. My old board would almost buck me off going through that kind of crap. The little powder I did find, it glided very well on top unlike other boards where they sink. I rode set back the whole time and felt great. With the price point you can't go wrong. I honestly had no complaints with it.

Great in Powder!

Oct 24, 2015 by Mike Kirby
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Aggressive All Mountain; Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 45+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'3",185, 10.5 boot 

I have the Explorer Split and really enjoyed the way this board performed in the back country and in-bounds. The Explorer has an aggressive, fast and playful feel to it. I have the 163 and found that to be a good size for me especially in powder. I also ride the Mountain Twin 160 and find that I like the the Explorer 163 better for deep conditions. The rocker hybrid gives it amazing float and a surfy feel in powder and can still keep a nice carve on the hard pack. I find that the split handles just as well as the solids I ride. The Explorer is a bit heavier than most boards but only really noticed while skinning. As for an inexpensive board it is still well made and performs great. This is a great beginner splitboard that you will not outgrow in a season or two.

4.5 5.0 2 2 I bought the Explorer 162 and paired it with the Union Force bindings and have really liked it so far. I was this close to buying the Flagship but decided to get the Explorer so I Jones Explorer 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

Riding Style

All Mountain

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide, Wide

Manufactured in

Austria by GST



Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber


Setback -20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation




Edge Hold

Hard Snow







Uneven Terrain