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Jones Womens Flagship 2013-2022 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating Loved it!
Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) Women's
Manufactured in Dubai by SWS
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Camber
Stance Setback -20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Great
Turning Experience Great
Carving Good
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Average
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Semi-Hard

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Jones Womens Flagship 2022 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

The Jones Womens Flagship is a women’s specific version of the very stiff aggressive men’s Flagship. It is a hard charging freeride board that offers a smooth ride, great float in powder and likes to ride fast. For the advanced to expert freeride snowboarder.

The Womens Flagship has added float pack binding inserts. Allowing you to set the bindings WAY back on a powder day for optimal directional float.

Before 2015 it was called the Mothership but now called the Women’s Flagship. It’s a slightly softer, smaller version of the Men’s Flagship. The 2017-2019 Jones Womens Flagship works well for those that like to point it but also want a more forgiving ride than you would think for its flex. It really likes big open terrain and equally as big and open turns.

So if you are looking for a board that rides great in softer snow and likes to carve, this could be a good option.

The Jones Womens Flagship has gotten a nice redesign for the 2019-2020 season. It now comes with a slightly different shape along with updated, more green materials. The 2020 Womens Flagship has a tapered shape that helps keep you floating in powder. It also has a new updated FSC Control Core, FSC Engineered Veneer top-sheet and Flax/Basalt Power Stringers that help reduce chatter and help with torsional response.

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 rider’s perspective.

Time Codes: 00:06 Intro 00:45 Sizes 00:52 Waist Width 01:07 Camber Profile 01:25 Base 01:54 Flex 02:01 On Snow Feel 02:12 Turn Initiation 02:21 Edge Hold 02:45 Bumpy Snow 03:00 Switch 03:15 Powder 03:39 Off Piste / Trees 04:08 Groomers 04:12 Who Is This For?

How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo.

 

Riders: Steph

Days: 3

Conditions: California spring conditions. Icy mornings, slushy afternoons.

Bindings: Union LegacyUnion Milan

Boots: Vans Ferra Pro

Set Up: 15 front, 15 back, 20″ stance width

 

Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155

Camber Profile:  The Womens Flagship comes with a hybrid camber profile. A mellow positive camber between the feet, an elongated rocker on the nose, and a shorter rocker on the tail. It also has a 3D contoured base, which keeps the Flagship feeling less locked in than a traditional positive camber board.

Base: The Flagship has a sintered 9900 base that is fast. This base keeps its speed really well and has a nice glide to it in most snow conditions.

Flex: The 8/10 flex keeps this board feeling very stable in a variety of different situations. It takes some effort if you want to butter it but provides a nice damp ride throughout the day.

On Snow Feel: The Womens Flagship is stable in snow. It isn’t super locked in but also isn’t really loose like a rocker board. The positive camber keeps it feeling connected to the snow, while the 3D base allows a bit of forgiveness when turning.

Turn Initiation: For me and my 7.5 boot the Flagship feels medium fast to turn. I’ve only ever rode a 152, so I imagine it would be slightly faster in my proper board size. But it is faster to turn than one would imagine when thinking about an aggressive freeride board. It does have a slightly wider waist width when compared to an average women’s board.

Edge Hold: The Flagship comes with Jones’ Traction Tech 3.0. Which is 3 mellow bumps along the sidecut. The edge hold is pretty good when the snow gets icy and hard. But if you compare it to a full magna traction snowboard it will have less edge hold. It isn’t super grippy but you do get additional help from the slight disruption in the sidecut.

Bumpy Snow: The Flagship does pretty well in bumpy snow. It keeps its stable feel in almost every snow condition. The difference is, the Flagship prefers to cruise over the tops of cruddy snow and bumps. It doesn’t really like to turn through them.

Switch: For being a directional tapered board, it rides switch pretty well. The tail doesn’t have a really directional shape (like a swallow tail) so you can still pivot around to get out of tight spots if needed.

Powder: It kills it in powder. It has a massive amount of set back now thanks to the added float pack binding inserts. (you can only use these with full size binding discs) So not only does the Flagship provide a ton of directional float, it also has 12.5mm of taper, the 3D contour base, and a nice amount of rocker in the nose. It also has that slightly wider waist width that adds surface area on the snow.

Off Piste / Trees: The Flagship rides great off piste. I prefer it in deeper snow if I’m going to go into the trees. It turns quicker for me if there’s good snow. If the snow is harder, I find the Flagship slower to turn and would rather take out the Hovercraft or the Stratos in those situations. I prefer the Flagship off piste when there is wider space to turn. As it seems to like a larger turn radius.

Groomers / Carving: This board is a lot of fun on groomers because you can bomb pretty hard on it. It cruises so well at higher speeds, that it makes nice groomers feel like butter. It likes more open turns when cruising groomers and in carves. Large radius open turns are most enjoyable on the Flagship. Carving is a lot of fun too. It isn’t a super turn-y carving board, but it is very stable and it feels like the carves go on forever.

Steeps: The Womens Flagship is pretty easy to make skidded turns on. Although they tend to be slightly bigger skidded turns than an all mountain board. It rides in the steeps great. The added pitch helps the board to feel quicker to turn, as long as you are on your game. It isn’t for lazy riding, it likes a firm hand to make the turns happen. The Flagship is a very reliable ride when riding in the steeps.

Who Is This For?

The Jones Womens Flagship would be good for those riders who like a hard charging freeride board. A board that keeps its speed in almost every situation and can float like crazy in powder. It would be ideal for a more advanced to expert rider that likes big open turns, riding steep terrain, and cruising fast.

 

 
Jones Womens Flagship Past Reviews

2020

The Jones Women’s Flagship is a women’s specific version of the very stiff aggressive men’s Flagship. Before 2015 it was called the Mothership but now called the Women’s Flagship. It’s a slightly softer, smaller version of the Men’s Flagship. The 2017-2019 Jones Women’s Flagship works well for those that like to point it but also want a more forgiving ride than you would think for its flex. It really likes big open terrain and equally as big and open turns.

So if you are looking for a board that rides great in softer snow and likes to carve, this could be a good option.

The Jones Women’s Flagship has gotten a nice redesign for the 2019-2020 season. It now comes with a slightly different shape along with updated, more green materials. The 2020 Women’s Flagship has a tapered shape that helps keep you floating in powder. It also has a new updated FSC Control Core, FSC Engineered Veneer top-sheet and Flax/Basalt Power Stringers that help reduce chatter and help with torsional response.

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 rider’s perspective.

Riders: Steph

Days: 3

Conditions: Powder, packed powder, groomers, hard pack

Bindings: Union Trilogy, Union Milan

Boots: Vans Ferra

Set Up: 15 front, 15 back, 20″ stance width

2017

The Jones Women’s Flagship is a women’s specific version of the very stiff aggressive men’s Flagship. Before 2015 it was called the Mothership but now called the Women’s Flagship and it’s a slightly softer, smaller version of the Men’s Flagship. The 2017-2019 Jones Women’s Flagship is made out of SWS and works well for those that like to point it but also want a more forgiving ride than you would think for its flex.

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.

2013-2016 Jones Womens Flagship/Mothership Review

This is a great powder/freeride board and it’s a long-awaited extra option to complement the very small selection of women’s freeride boards out there. It’s not for the faint of heart and it’s made for advanced to expert women that want to ride fast and very hard. The quality of the 2013 line is much better than 2012.

Size 152

Rider- Steph Ginger and Heather
Days: 5+
Conditions: 1-2 feet of powder one day.  Groomers the next 2 with soft to firm conditions.

To start off with the board is different than almost any other board out there in the Women’s category with maybe the exception of the Nidecker Princess.  They are both made for the same style of riding and have a similar design and similar feel. However, for some reason, almost everyone that tried both of these boards preferred the Jones.

On Snow Feel: This is very fast and aggressive and stable but not catchy. The jones isn’t as much as a carvy snowboard as it is a straight line everything you see kind of board.  Still, it is very fun for a directional approach groomers and great for those that like to really push it.

Powder: The Jones has a solid ride in powder and the steeper it is the better it performs.  The bend in the nose after the binding and the small camber makes the Flagship ride bigger in powder than it’s size. I’m not saying size down but instead, it floats really well.  It’s not as slashy as many powder boards but the float is very much the same.  It won’t matter how deep it gets. There is a decent -20mm set back and a  big nose with a lot of rocker going on there.  There are better boards for surfing in the trees but this is one of the easiest aggressive big mountain boards out there for trees. In good powder it’s very easy edge to edge and has some surfy feel to it.  The thing with the Mothership and most Jones boards is they just dominate heavy thick chundery powder like an icebreaker in the Antarctic.

Turn Initiation–  For a board of this stiffness and size, the turn initiation is surprisingly very good.  It doesn’t have the edge to edge transitioning of the Lady Mtn Twin but it can turn in just about any tight spot.  It is a little more work in the rutted mogul like crud you can find on the well tracked routes back to the chair but for a stiff heavy board it does a decent job.  The Flagship is going to shine when it comes to morning groomers and powder runs but if you are looking for a mogul board look elsewhere.

Speed: Even one of the steepest runs at our resort the Mothership felt so stable and damp it just said straight line this board anywhere.  The base is pretty fast and the 2013 base is even faster.  The board is completely chatter free like a race car. The design seems to truly match Jeremy’s riding style so much it can make you feel like you are a better rider when trying to mach down a steep run.  There aren’t many people that have the ability to take this board to it’s limits but it still shines if you don’t.

Uneven Snow– Some people feel that the Jones is chattery but that isn’t quite correct.  It has problems at slower speeds in super chopped up groomers and hitting hard moguls.  It will pass through that roughness to you.  Here is the thing.  This board should not be ridden in those conditions. This is for perfect morning groomers and powder. If you are an all-day weekend rider who see’s chopped up groomers and poor conditions more than you see good conditions then don’t get this board.

Approximate Weight– One of the heaviest boards we have recently come across.  We’d really like to see the Flagship join the biggest loser.

Edge Hold: This type of magnetraction makes for very solid edge hold with out changing the characteristics of the ride.  In icy conditions and snowment the Flagship holds an edge very well.  It’s border line excellent.  If you ride ice a lot the Rossignol Diva will be better.

Flex: Really stiff.  It’s stiff like the freeride boards of old and this is pretty cool.  It’s pretty hard to bend.

Carving– Really fun to carve in almost any type of condition.  However it’s more fun to just go as fast as you can go instead of lean out and carve.  The edge hold also allows for you to carve in just about any condition as well.

Switch: The Jones Mothership is not bad switch for a board of this shape with a little taper.  You can comfortably mix it up and give your back leg a break here and there but it’s no twin.

Jumps: Obviously this is great for natural hits but not really that good when it comes to the park.

Pipe: The Flagship will climb a pipe wall well but it’s just not built for the pipe. It’s a little to big, directional and awkward.

Jibbing– Not good to go here….wouldn’t do it.

If you are an accomplished freerider that likes speed, big chutes, wide open runs and carving then this will be a very fun board.

 
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