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List Price US $449
Jones Explorer 2016-2018 Snowboard Review
Overall Rating
Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12, > 12
Manufactured in Dubai by SWS
Shape Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Great
Turning Experience
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns




Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Jones Explorer 2018 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The Jones Explorer is a lower cost ride that’s got more directional float than the Mtn Twin or Ultra Mountain Twin but also it’s less directional and aggressive than Flagship for those that want an easier all day ride. The 2018 Jones Explorer price is now down from $479 to $449 which now makes it a great low-cost recommendation for those that want a really floaty mostly mountain ride.

Size: 159
Days:  2+
Conditions:  Good Spring conditions.  Hard in the morning slowly going to slushy in the afternoon.
Riders: James
Boots:  Adidas Tactical ADV,
Bindings: Union Atlas and Burton Genesis X,
Set Up
:  Centered one day 15 front -15 back 22.75″ wide. Others 22.5″ wide 18 front -9 back.

Our Recommended Boots:  Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton ImperialBurton Ruler,
Our Recommended Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Force,  Burton CartelBurton MissionSalomon HologramNow Pilot, Arbor Cypress,

Approximate Weight: feels normal for a 159.

Flex:  It’s got a good flex underfoot that is mediumish tip to tail and maybe a bit stiffer torsionally.

Sizing: The 159 felt just right for my height and weight.  It felt pretty close for my boot size as well.  The 159 feels like the equivalent to the 157 Jones Mountain Twin or UMT and the 161 Flagship.

On Snow Feel: Nice and stable underfoot.  It doesn’t every auto spin on you one footing or flat basing and doesn’t feel catchy.  The rocker in the nose takes care of making it more catch free and the camber between the feet make the Jones Explorer feel stable and easy to ride. It’s just a little more directional than the Jones Mountain Twin models and a little closer to a twin-like shape than the Flagship. The one thing I would say is compared to the Jones Mountain Twins I rode it feels similar between the feet but it’s more tip/tail heavy.  It doesn’t want to spin and swing around as easy as the Twin’s which isn’t as good in the park but in powder it wants to float a little easier.

Edge Hold: Really strong capable edge hold that borders on being good in ice.  Its best in hard snow and below but it can handle the occasional ice patch better than most boards out there. It also doesn’t grab in softer snow either which most of us here prefer over the best grip you can have.

Turn Initiation: The Jones Explorer isn’t a super quick edge to edge ride but the 159 it feels faster than my 157 Jones Ultra Mountain Twin or the 161 Flagships I’ve owned/ridden in the past.  I would have no problem surfing through the trees on this ride.  I still wouldn’t pair up super mellow bindings with this but any med response binding would be fine for most.

Turning Experience: It’s just fun to turn.  It’s not a full camber super springy mind-blowing carver but it’s got a lot of fun in every kind of turn I made from short to wide radius turns.  Those who get a board like this will probably get most of your pleasure out of turning vs. hitting kickers, jibs, pipe etc so it’s good to know it’s a great compromise between being forgiving while still being fun to turn.

Carving: You can lay it out with this board and I didn’t really feel that it was any worse than the Flagship or Mountain Twin. All carved pretty well for the camber they had underfoot.

Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns if you get off your game.  Especially for the flex.  That lifted tip/tail really helps reduced catching an edge compared to full camber. It’s a great time to learn to snowboard compared to the old camber days.


Uneven Terrain:







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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