|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Manufactured in||Dubai by SWS|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Jones Ultra Mind Expander 2020 - 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Jones Ultra Mind Expander takes the same shape of the Mind Expander that we love in powder, stiffens it up a good bit and adds some camber. The camber was a welcome addition to the ride on groomers but the
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it but we also had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: Some, hard groomers, really good groomers, ok powder and then some thicker powder up to 2′ in some areas.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs) Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor, Now Drive
Set Up: 22” 21 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Doesn’t feel light or heavy. Just about normal.
Flex/Buttering: We were almost unable to butter this the Jones Ultra Mind Expander. This might be the demo model we received but the flex is super stiff. Often what we get in demo changes in production. In my opinion, I think it’s too stiff and liked the flex of the regular Mind Expander better, but a lot of the crew liked it this stiff. I would of loved to see the regular mind expander just have camber.
Sizing: The 154 feels a little too small. Like with the regular Mind Expander the 158 might feel a touch big but better overall and that would be the size I would like to own.
On Snow Feel: It has that same Jones Hybrid Camber feel that is stable between the feet but at the same time forgiving. Like almost every Jones board, it’s super easy to skid your turns as well as one foot and flat base.
Edge Hold: Really good grip that doesn’t grab too much in softer snow. Seems to be slightly more mellow than the Mind Expanders sidecut in terms of bumps/disruption but it’s pretty similar overall in terms of grip on snow.
Turn Initiation: The Jones Ultra Mind Expander is very fast edge to edge and very similar to the standard Mind Expander when it comes to
Turning Experience: When it’s groomer time the Jones Ultra Mind Expander shines over the Mind Expander here for sure. Having some camber between the feet really makes this board much more fun to turn. Making turns on the Mind Expander is way more fun than you would think for a board with that little flat and that much rocker but the Ultra Mind Expander gives you a mellow camber feel that springs out of turns much better. It’s not going to compete though with boards that have a lot more camber but you get some nice trade-off in terms of float/forgiveness with this in comparison to those buxomy camber boards. Overall it’s very fun to turn and has a quick surfy turning experience and if you surf it’s like a good tri-fin thruster in head high surf.
Carving: It’s not a super carver but the Ultra Mind Expander jams over the Mind Expander when it comes to laying out a carve. It’s very satisfying and you can lay it over as hard as you would like.
Skidded Turns: That rocker along with the lifted sides in the tip/tail make for very easy skidded turns that really help you recover if you get off your game. It’s worth it to have less camber than some boards when it comes to that.
Speed: The 154 was small but it can bomb well for its size. It’s stiff and damp and it also has a truly amazing base for this price point and one of the fastest we have ridden. Jones always pays a lot of attention to their bases and this just has a glide to it so it’s much easier to get out of a long flat zone in powder or get through a long cat track back to a chair. Still, it’s not quite the bomber that boards like the Flagship and Carbon Flagship are. It might be the extra taper or that it’s further back on the tail but it just doesn’t feel like the first Jones board I would choose if I wanted to just mach down groomers.
Uneven Terrain: In hard snow, with micro bumps, the Jones Ultra Mind Expander is going to reverberate that chatter into your bones and make it an unpleasant day. However, if you want to weave in and out of bumps the Jones Ultra Mind Expander does it really well. Powering over some chopped up powder works well. It’s just that hard bumpy snow you can get from a poorly groomed run on a hard day is what this is missing.
Powder: So this review is Peter and I mainly talking about how the Jones Ultra Mind Expander rides in powder and comparing it to other Jones boards……after many drinks. We had it in some deep powder to some wet powder and felt that overall it’s on the upper tier of floaty boards. That being said, the Jones Mind Expander, with all that rocker, is on another level. Get that board if you want something for powder. Get this board if you plan to ride groomers more and want a little of everything. Still, it has the same set back on board that is pretty far towards the tail and at a 21.25″ stance width all the way back on the inserts you can get a difference between nose and tail of 10.25″ back making it 5.125″ back on board which is super far back.
Switch: Not very doable.
Jumps: So it was hard to get this board to spring on an ollie due to the super stiff flex. It felt dead when you tried to pop it into the air. It popped out of a turn well enough up but just didn’t feel that lively when you tried to ollie. I think we all would prefer getting air on the Flagship over this.
Jibbing: No thanks.
Pipe: Yeah if you want to ride the pipe like a wave this would be fun.
So overall I think we all had a great time on the Jones Ultra Mind Expander. If the production model is going to be softer/more lively underfoot than the demo we tried that might put it over the top but as it stands now it’s a more surfy alternative to the Jones Flagship and a recommendable directional/surfy daily driver.
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