Expert Review: 2023 Jones Dream Weaver [with Video]
Snowboard Expert Arielle Busch tested the 2023 Jones Dream Weaver snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Expert Arielle Busch got her hands on the 2023 Jones Dream Weaver this spring and put it to the test at Powder Mountain in Utah. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every rider is different; if you have any questions about the Dream Weaver or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboard Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Jones claim about this board? Jones claims that the Dream Weaver is the playful charger. It's a high-performance all-mountain board with a friendly flex that's perfect for everyday pow and piste.
What is your overall impression of this board? My overall impression of the Dream Weaver is that it is an extremely approachable, directional, freeride board, that is very playful, and super fun to ride. It's formerly known as the Dream Catcher and just got a name change for this season. I've spent a lot of days on last year's model and I even own the split version!
How does it turn? This one, along with the Jones Twin Sister has edge to edge control that is unreal. Whether you're going through tight trees, or you are making some big sweeping carves on some wider groomed runs, it just feels like you are floating, whether you are floating on a groomer or you're actually floating on top of powder. The Dream Weaver has a spooned out nose and tail on a 3D contour base, which will make it so that you can make those tight turns and kind of have this catch-free feel. This thing can carve, I would take it out onto some wide open groomers where you could really just get into that nice carve. This board will get you into that carve and really lock you in. And for newer riders, I think you will have a blast progressing into more freeride advanced skills on this board.
How about edge hold? I do think the edge hold on this is pretty tight. You're going to lock in, so if you did want to ride this board out east, I don't think you'd have a huge problem.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the board? Although it has a very playful flex and a rockered profile, this board felt decently damp and there wasn't much chatter underfoot especially in more uneven terrain.
How does it perform at speed? It's definitely not the fastest board. I think there are other boards in their line that are a little bit faster, but that's why I think it can be approached by almost a beginner, to intermediate, to an advanced rider.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? So even though this board does have some rocker in it, it definitely has a little bit of pop to it as well. It's not the poppiest. I think there are other boards in their line that are a little bit poppier. This would not be my go-to freestyle board. I would not be taking this into the park. This is definitely going to be more of a groomer, pow, tree board, especially if you live out west.
What about riding switch? I was able to ride switch. Even though it is a directionally shaped board and not necessarily meant to be ridden switch. I was able to land some 180s switch, have full control, be able to come right out of it, and not feel so much like the tail is a little shorter than the nose. Once again, that tail is spooned out similar to the nose. So I think that definitely helps with those switch landings and making those switch turns.
How would it be in powder? This one definitely floats phenomenally in the powder and I was able to take it in a little bit of fresh stuff as the snow came down today. Honestly, my favorite terrain for this board would be freshies, trees, and a bit of uneven terrain where you can really see what this board can handle. Since this board's profile is primarily rockered, the float and turn initiation is awesome which makes navigating through the soft stuff pretty effortless.
Who would you recommend this board to? Really anyone can approach this board. What I really like is that this board would be a great option for someone who's just getting into snowboarding, someone who's taken some lessons before, has their turns under their belt. If you are an advanced rider, I think you would love this as a freeride playful option. I am more of a freerider myself, but I do enjoy a playful flex on my freeride boards. And I think that's why I really, really enjoyed this board.
If you are going out West, or you live near powder, I think what's really cool about this board is that this could almost intro you into riding more powder, but not be on such an aggressive board. Anyone that I've ever put on this board has always come back to me saying they were so excited to be on it. It is such an easy-to-ride board. It's super playful. They love the flex and they love the versatility of it without being intimidated by it because when you take a look at it, it doesn't look like all of the other approachable boards for maybe someone who is new to snowboarding. But don't be deceived by its looks.
Who should avoid this board, there are better options for them out there? This wouldn't necessarily be what I would want you to take to your level one lesson but once you've got those turns down, I think this could be really, really inspiring for you and your riding, and that side cut and that edge hold is going to really lock in and make you feel super confident in those edges, and in those carved turns, even those skidded turns. I honestly think this board is super confidence-inspiring.
There are tons of different boards out there and all boards are different for different types of riders. Feel free to reach out to Arielle or another Snowboard Expert here on Curated. They’d be happy to help you find the perfect board for you with free, personalized recommendations.