Expert Review: Jones Mountain Twin Snowboard · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
My experience with the Jones Mountain Twin snowboard has been phenomenal. This high-quality all-mountain board is built to take on every aspect of the mountain, and that’s exactly what it does for me. This board is best suited for intermediate-advanced riders alike who want a board they can rely on wherever they are at the resort.
About the gear
- Model: Jones Mountain Twin Snowboard 2022
- Size: 156cm
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 165
- Experience: Riding at a serious level for 13 years
- When I bought these: November 2021
- Days tested: 50+
- Mount position: Bindings set at -15+15
- Boots: 2022 DC Control BOA
- Boot Size: Men’s 10.5
- Bindings: 2022 Union Force Snowboard Bindings
- Where I’ve used it: Perfect North Slopes, Copper Mountain
- Terrain: Terrain Park, Groomers, Trees, Powder, Spring Conditions, Moguls
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a do-it-all board with a playful and forgiving feel to it that I knew I could whip when I needed a relaxed riding day. I needed a board with a softer flex, easy turn initiation, and a “catch-free” feel. I was looking for a high-quality, affordable, and dependable board that I knew could handle any situation on the mountain while not suited for anything particular, more of a jack of all trades. I knew I wanted something I could cruise on, especially when riding with newer riders, and would still perform if I wanted to take it into the terrain park here and there.
Why I chose this gear
I decided on the Mountain Twin primarily because it is a tried and tested model in the Jones’ lineup. What really stood out to me was the hybrid profile this board had to offer. I wanted something versatile, and this board features a hybrid profile meant for all-mountain shredding, which really brought my attention to the board. I was between three different options: the Mountain Twin, Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, and Burton Custom. I chose to go with Jones primarily for the forgiveness and flex rating. Both the Custom and the Terrain Wrecker had slightly stiffer boards, with a little less forgiving turn initiation. Having a playful ride and easily pressing into butters was important to me when making my choice, and the Mountain Twin checked all my boxes.
What I love about it
- Speed: This board features the Jones 8000 sintered base, which really assists the bottom of the board to glide freely in pretty much any condition. The base helps gain and maintain significant amounts of speed.
- Edge hold: The Traction Tech 3.0 definitely helps a ton when encountering ice or thin snow. It has a solid edge hold at higher speeds due to the camber between the feet.
- Turns: Turns are where the board really shines. The rocker at the nose and tail provides a super seamless transition into turns and carves. It is also good to note how forgiving this board is when turning; at times, it seems almost impossible to catch an edge. It also features 3D contouring, which makes for a very surfy ride.
- Groomers: It maintains/picks up speed well and stops when I need it to. The board handles groomers perfectly.
- Powder: The extra rocker really helps with float in powder. I have never had a time where I got stuck or lost speed. It is also a directional twin, so the tail of the board is slightly shorter, making the float a lot more appealing and apparent.
- Trees: The 3D contouring and hybrid profile make for quick edge-to-edge response through tight turns and narrow tree lines.
- Park: This board really shines in the park. The softer flex and camber underfoot make this a versatile freestyle board. The camber helps me load up and pop off of jumps. I’ve ridden quite a few boxes and medium-sized rails, and the board does a great job of locking into the rails due to the flex. Butters are also much easier to perform more efficiently without putting in too much effort. Overall a super solid experience in the park.
- Backcountry: The Mountain Twin performs well and floats in the deep stuff. The shorter tail helps me a lot in the deeper powder, which requires more of a setback stance to maintain speed. The board also features more of a blunt nose which is good for staying on top of the snow and working my way through a line.
- Weight: I notice the board is decently light and easy to maneuver. I am not restricted or held back by the board's weight when performing simple tricks such as ollies or spins off jumps.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Moguls: I’m not a huge mogul rider, but I took this on a few laps through some decent-sized moguls. I noticed the tail and nose flexed a bit too much, causing some instability and lack of control. The turn initiation on this board is a little too easy for moguls.
- Switch riding: Due to the directional twin shape of the board, it’s not ideal for someone who likes to ride switch. Although I did not buy this board to ride switch, it would be nice to know it can still perform well if I wanted to. That is not the case; I lacked a bit of control and stability at higher speeds.
- Stability: Overall, the stability is not too bad, but I did notice some unwanted chatter on harder snow, especially at higher speeds. I could also feel hard-packed snow in specific areas under my feet, which wasn’t something I enjoyed. I would describe it as a board that feels too thin.
- Durability: The board is mostly very durable except for the topsheet. After a few hard sessions in the park, I noticed that the topsheet started to peel and show some pretty deep scratches. This is only a cosmetic issue for me, though, and does not affect performance.
Favorite moment with this gear
By far, the most fun I’ve had with this board was mastering butter tricks, such as 180 or 360 butters. The rocker in the nose and tail of the board makes it so easy to lay down butters and ride with some style on the mountain. It was an eye-turner and caught many others’ attention when I pulled off these tricks. Of course, it would have been a lot harder if I was riding a full camber board or something with a super stiff flex rating.
Value for the money vs. other options
In a nutshell, for those wondering if the value is worth it for the price, yes, it is. Many people, including myself, usually opt between this board, the Burton Custom (more expensive option), or something like the Capita DOA (slightly cheaper). The quality matches the price with the board and, for the most part, is on par with similar styles in other brands in terms of price. I believe the versatility of the Mountain Twin makes it well worth the price point, not to mention all the tech in the board for the price.
The Jones Mountain Twin delivers what it advertises—an easy-going, surfy, catch-free, light, and poppy board with everything needed to take on a whole mountain from top to bottom. With a competitive price and up-to-date technology, this board is a strong top contender for every all-mountain/freestyle board out there. I’m super pleased with it, and I have no problem recommending this to others wanting the same experience.