Price US $449

Jones Explorer 2016-2018 Snowboard Review

Jones Explorer 2018 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

Past Reviews

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. It’s got more directional float than the Mtn Twin or Ultra Mountain Twin and it’s less aggressive than Flagship for those that want an easier all day ride.  The 2018 price is now down to $449 which makes it a great low-cost recommendation. Out of all our Low Cost All Mountain Favorites this is the one you want if you see a lot of powder.

More Review to come…….

Past Reviews

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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Jones Explorer 2016-2018 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

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 2016-2018 Snowboard Review

Riding Style

All Mountain

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide, Wide

Manufactured in

Dubai by SWS



Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber


Setback over 20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation




Edge Hold

Hard Snow







Uneven Terrain