List Price US $599
Jones Stratos 2020 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Dubai by SWS
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Camber
Stance Setback -20mm
Approx. Weight
Powder Great
Turning Experience Good
Carving Good
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Average
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Jones Stratos 2020 Review by The Good Ride

The Jones Stratus is a board I have only had a day on but the initial impression in some soft wet snow was really strong. It has the shape and personality of a turny/slashy freeride board but the ability to set back really far like many alternative freeride boards. It’s a great take on modern freeride.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:   We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Size: 159
Days: 1 but more coming…
Conditions: Some early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards before the lifts in about 4-6 inches of somewhat thick PNW powder at Mt. Bachelor. Then some resort riding on the lifts with similar snow and some areas and less in others.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Union Atlas

Similar Boards (but not the same):Yes Pick Your LineBurton Flight Attendant, Gnu Mullair, Jones Flagship, Never Summer West Bound, Rossignol XV, Lib Tech BRD,

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 21 front +3 back. Set almost all the way back.

Approximate Weight: The 159 I have is on the light side of normal but not ultralight like the Aviator.

Sizing: The 159 matched up really well for my specs that you can see above.

Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The camber between the feet isn’t enough to be catchy/feel too locked in. It tracks well and feels stable and I didn’t feel the lifted edges wash on me with the little bit of groomer snow I had. It might be because the sides lift as the rocker rises up. I’ll know more when I get some firmer groomer days on it. Skids turns really easy.

Flex/Pop/Buttering: The Jones Stratos has a stiffer flex between the feet but it gets a bit softer in the tip/tail. It was very doable for buttering. There is also a lot of snap on an ollie and this has a lively flex to it.

Speed: Pretty damp and it can handle what most riders can top out at. This base has exceptional glide and it’s one of the best bases we tried at this price point. It helps you traverse faster and get back to the chair still strapped in on powder days.

Uneven Terrain: The Jones Stratos turned really well through bumps and it wasn’t bad powering over them too. In micro bumpy/ messy groomers it passes up a little chatter but not that much.

Edge Hold: The disruption in the Jones Stratos side cut does a good job at griping in hard snow but not grabbing in soft.

Turn Initiation: Really quick edge to edge and it borders on being fast edge to edge.  It really gets over on edge quickly but then slows down a bit as you engage the sidecut more.

Turning Experience/Carving: What I liked the most about the Stratos was how fun it was to make quicker slashy/surfy side hits and I felt like I was on a tri-fin hitting the lip. In comparison to the Jones Flagship, I rode the same day, it was way more quick and turny. The Flagship liked more for longer, powerful drawn-out turns. I’m looking forward to seeing it on a good groomer day to see how far you can push this camber profile on a hard carve. On messy groomers it was pretty fun though.

Powder: The extra set back inserts at almost 40mm apart really do a number on this ride. At around a 10″ difference between nose/tail, or a 5″ set back on board at a 22.75″ stance width, there is a lot of directional float. You need full-sized discs though to use the setback inserts. In 6″ of powder the Jones Stratos wasn’t even trying.

Switch: When on reference or centered on sidecut the Jones Stratos is better than you would think. It is very doable.

Getting Air/Park: The Jones Stratos can’t jib well but can ride pipe well and get air well when it’s closer to the reference stance. Setting it back all the way makes it a little light on the tail but it’s still doable.

So far my take has been a lot of fun and I can’t stop thinking about riding this when I get back from the trade show.

 
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