|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||Dubai by SWS|
|Camber Profile||Continuous Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Jones Mind Expander 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Jones Mind Expander is a great example of a super fast turning, pure powder ride and if you can swing it, this would be a great compliment to a surfy freeride quiver. It’s a board I own and love for riding in the trees but it’s also very competent in lot’s of other places on the mountain. It’s even not bad when the powder is gone.
The 2019 Jones Mind Expander has a little carbon fiber strip throughout the center of the board giving it a little more long-term resiliency and it’s got an updated core but still has a very similar ride to the 2018 model. Also, they added a 146 and 162 so it can cover a wider spectrum of rider sizes. Here is a detailed review and comparison between the Jones Mind Expander, Rome Powder Division 157 and the Rossignol Sushi.
Conditions: Everything from a little powder and groomers to a semi-decent powder day.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Superpro, Burton Genesis X
Set Up: 22.5” a little wide of reference stance to set all the way back 15 front -3 to 6 back
Approximate Weight: Feels like it is on the light side of medium.
Flex: Like I talked about in depth in the vid, the 2019 Jones Mind Expander seemed to have a softer flex than the 2019 but wood can be very inconsistent and so can demo boards. I think the production model will have a similar flex to the 2018 model.
Sizing: The 154 feels like almost the perfect tree cheetah and I think the 158 would be ideal for the deepest of deep days and I’m actually contemplating getting the 158 just to see what it’s like compared to the 154. My thoughts are it will still turn super quick and just have even more float which is hard to contemplate.
On Snow Feel: It’s kind of loose and atypical compared to most Jones boards with their hybrid camber tech. There is a little flat between the feet but it still feels like it can auto spin a bit when in the firm snow that you can often see when getting off a chair with lots of wind that blows away the powder. Overall the Jones Mind Expander has a very playful easy riding feel to it that really can slash things up. Incredibly easy to skid a turn.
Edge Hold: Despite the massive rocker the Jones Mind Expander has really good edge hold that’s great for those hard snow routes that are often necessary to get to the deep stuff. Mountains have wind and wind can blow away all the powder on the peaks so often times you find yourself riding hundreds of yards of ice before powder.
Turn Initiation: Super quick. Quicker than quick. It’s one of the most nimble tree boards I’ve ever ridden.
Turning Experience: So the Jones Mind Expander can make some super fun springy turns but as you get wider in radius it’s a little less interesting when it comes to groomer riding but it’s pretty fun and slashy for a powder board. In powder, it really shines with quicker slashier turns but wider turns are better than they are on groomers. It’s great for making quick turns through trees but it’s fine in wide open runs too.
Carving: Not that interesting but way more doable than you would think for this kind of ride.
Speed: The Jones Mind Expander isn’t going to blow minds and it’s super far from being something like the Flagship but in powder, you can point it without it being super sketchy.
Uneven Terrain: Man I could weave in and out of moguls all day with this board. It’s so easy to navigate bumps. This is where I like the Mind Expander over the Storm Chaser because of how it doesn’t buck around as much when there are bumps below the powder. I think it’s the extra tail length that helps it keep its line better where the Storm chaser can sometimes bounce you right out of your line.
Powder: Yeah this is one of the floatiest rides I’ve ever been on. It’s not a short fatty like the Storm Chaser so there isn’t a lot of volume for the board’s size but it’s still wider than most standard all mountain 154’s. The rocker in the nose is massive and I could even lean forward in 2′ of powder and I didn’t go cartwheeling. When set all the way back it’s pretty unreal at how easy it is.
Buttering: Super easy to butter either way. Even my stiffer 2018 model is super easy to butter.
Switch: Very doable but not ideal. You can land switch and it’s better than a lot of super directional powder boards.
Jumps: There is a good bit of pop but it feels like you need
Jibbing: I guess you could if you wanted to.
Pipe: you know I like the edge hold enough to want to take this into the pipe and slash some walls.
So to sum it all up the Jones Mind Expander is the choice for people that love to make super quick turns in the deep deep and want some of the easiest float out there at the time I write this.
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2018 Jones Mind Expander Review
Conditions: Spring Groomers and practically perfect light fluffy Mt. Bachelor Powder.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Acerra,
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro with team ankle straps (similar to the contact but with taller straps), Burton Genesis
Set Up: 22.5” Centered 15 front -16back
After getting the Storm Chaser in some deep, thick Sierra snow, this similar rocker and directional float changed my perceptions of how a board can float in powder. The Mind Expander, in my humble opinion, takes it a step further than the Storm Chaser in the deep stuff. This floats like a much bigger board and turns like a board it’s size or even smaller. Even though I’d much rather ride the Hovercraft on most groomer days this wasn’t that bad at all and I will say I wish the Hovercraft turned as quickly as the Mind Expander.
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