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…….
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.