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Jones Womens Hovercraft 2016-2022 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating Loved it!
Riding Style Alternative 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 Good
Switch Poor
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Moderate

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Jones Womens Hovercraft 2022 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The Jones Women’s Hovercraft is still the same easy floating, not just a powder board ride. Which is why all of us at The Good Ride really enjoy it. The Jones Women’s Hovercraft is a very damp fun take on a free-ride style board that can take you all over the mountain. It rides amazing in powder, but also is very fun to carve, and you can even take it through bumpy terrain and still have a good time. The Jones Women’s Hovercraft would be a nice choice for the advanced rider looking for a fun, hard charging, slashy board to send it in deep snow but also ride everywhere in between.

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?

Riders: Steph

Days: 3

Conditions: Spring conditions, slush, icy snow, mixed groomer snow

Bindings: Union Milan

Boots: Vans Ferra Pro

Set Up: 15 front, 15 back,  20″ wide

 

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

Sizes: 144, 146, 150

Because the Hovercraft is a volume shifted board, and should be ridden in a smaller size, I feel like there should be at least one more smaller size available. It rides well and isn’t too much board if you have to ride your actual board length. But it would be rad to have one smaller size available.

Camber Profile:  The Women’s Hovercraft comes with what Jones calls a “directional rocker” profile. This means it has more rocker in the nose and less rocker in the tail. There is positive camber between the feet. It also has a 3D contour base 3.0. This means there is 7mm of spoon bevel in the nose and 7mm of bevel in the tail. This keeps it feeling catch free and quick to turn and helps immensely with floating in powder.

Base: The base is a 8000 Sintered Base which is super fast, absorbs a ton of wax, and is very durable.

Flex: The Hovercraft comes with a. 7/10 flex. It is stiff enough to provide a damp smooth ride, but soft enough to allow the board to turn quickly and not feel too hard charging.

On Snow Feel: This board feels nice and stable on the snow. It tracks nicely when riding flat based. It isn’t extremely locked in but you get nice control.

Turn Initiation: I’ve always liked how the Hovercraft feels in a turn. It is quick to turn but you know you are going to get some performance out of it when you do turn. You get options of what types of turns you want to make. It can make skidded and carve turns alike. Quick or drawn out turns. It likes to make small slashy turns, or you can cruise fast and make big open turns.

Edge Hold: It comes with Jones’ Traction Tech 3.0. This means it has 3 mellow bumps along the sidecut. The bump in the middle being the most prominent. This gives you a little extra help in icy conditions, just enough to add some connection to the snow when needed. The Hovercraft should hold a nice edge in most icy conditions.

Bumpy Snow:  A cool thing about the Hovercraft, is it can be a hard charging freeride board, but you can still turn it through trees and bumpy, cruddy snow. It can maneuver in tight spots and you can either charge over bumpy snow, or turn through it.

Switch: This is a directional, tapered board. But riding switch isn’t so bad on it. It does feel backwards. But sometimes you need the option to ride switch when you get into a hairy situation, even on a very directional freeride board.  And it is possible on the Hovercraft.

Powder: The Hovercraft kills it in powder. It floats without effort. The wide waist width, the taper, the set back, the rocker, and the 3D Contour Base help to add float to this board. The tail stays stable when riding in deep snow. And it is quite maneuverable in open bowls and in tight terrain.

Off Piste / Trees: Love this board in trees. Especially if it is a powder day. It can turn quickly and isn’t too much of a board to make it through a sticky situation. It is still for the advanced rider, but way more maneuverable in trees and off piste than the Flagship.

Groomers: The Hovercraft is fun to turn. So riding around on groomers is a lot of fun. It loves to carve, make slashy turns, and just charge down the hill. You don’t need to have a powder day to enjoy the personality of this board.

Carving: I’ve always been surprised at how easy it is to get the Hovercraft on a high edge angle in a carve. The wide waist width allows for a really stable feel when laying it over. It is a fun, stable carving board that isn’t too aggressive. And for me, that has always made it a really fun board for carving up some nice corduroy.

Who Is This For?

The Jones Women’s Hovercraft would be good for an advanced to expert freeride snowboarder. Someone who wants a slightly shorter board, likes the feel of a shorter, fatter ride. Someone who likes to carve, ride off piste, in steeps, and loves a good floating board when the snow falls deep. The Hovercraft is a fun-inspiring board that likes to turn all over the mountain in an alternative freeride way. It is also the most sustainably produced board in the Jones line, so it gets extra brownie points for that.

 
Jones Womens Hovercraft Past Reviews

2020

The Jones Women’s Hovercraft is just like the men’s version except smaller and a little softer. It is still the same easy floating, not just a powder board ride. Which is why all of us at The Good Ride really enjoy it. The 2017 Jones Women’s Hovercraft changed up the camber profile a bit giving it lifted sides in the rocker area. It was made in a new factory this year (SWS in Dubai). As a result, it feels a little softer and better in the uneven snow. The only change for the 2019-2020 season is a new FSC Engineered Veneer top-sheet that makes the board more Eco friendly.

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.

Riders: Steph

Days: 1 (some laps at demo days)

Conditions: Powder, tracked powder, bumps, a little hard pack snow.

Bindings: Nitro Poison

Boots: Vans Ferra

Set Up: 15 front, 15 back,  20″ wide

The Jones Women’s Hovercraft is a very damp fun take on a free-ride style board that can take you all over the mountain. It rides amazing in powder, but also is very fun to carve, and you can even take it through bumpy terrain and still have a good time. The Jones Women’s Hovercraft would be a nice choice for the intermediate to advanced rider looking for a fun, hard charging, slashy board to send it in deep snow but also ride everywhere in between.

 

2017

The Jones Women’s Hovercraft is just like the men’s version except smaller and a little softer but still very much the same easy floating not just a powder board ride that all of us guy’s at The Good Ride really enjoy. The 2017 Jones Women’s Hovercraft changed up the camber profile a bit giving it lifted sides in the rocker area. It was made in a new factory this year (SWS in Dubai) and as a result, it feels a little softer and better in the uneven snow. No changes were made in 2018 or 2019 except for an additional size in 144.

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.

 

2016 Jones Hovercraft

Size: 152
Days: 1
Conditions: A good bit of Sierra Snow that was up to about 1.5 feet of powder.
Riders: Ginger
Boots:
Bindings: Now Vetta
Set Up: Mostly set back 15 front 0 back.

 
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