Expert Review: 2023 Jones Twin Sister Snowboard [with Video]
Snowboard Expert Sydney Johnson tested the 2023 Jones Twin Sister snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Expert Sydney Johnson got her hands on the 2023 Jones Twin Sister 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 Twin Sister 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 this is a nice freestyle all-mountain board for those riders that are looking to turn the entire mountain into their park.
What is your overall impression of this board? I loved the Jones Twin Sister. My impression of this board: I am a more aggressive all-mountain rider. I don't have a ton of background in the park but I like to bring park elements over the whole mountain. So this board is really for somebody like me, who can do those freestyle tricks in the mountain to look cool, and add some spice to your run, but it is not a traditional park board. It does have some nice play to it, especially with the beveled nose and tail where it's flat. It's awesome because you can do presses and freestyle tricks all over the mountain in terrain that is more advanced.
How is the edge hold? The edge hold on this board was really great. The stiffness on this board is a 7 out of 10, so it is stiff, but not too stiff where you can't have any fun. That's why I like this board, because it has that in-between all-mountain and freestyle. The edge hold is fantastic on it. I was able to carve really aggressive carves and navigate between trees and the whole mountain just fine on this board.
How about energy and acceleration? This board will give you what you give it. If you are really aggressive and pop on this board, it will pop right back. I really enjoyed it as more of a big mountain rider. I was able to hit those side hits and really play around while having the spring and pop that I needed to get air or get the turn that I would like out of the board. So this board was really fantastic, especially for somebody that wants to start adding some style into their riding, but is more an all-mountain rider than a freestyle rider.
Is it stable? The stability on this board is awesome. Jones has one of the strongest bases, their epoxy holds all of the elements of the core together and is one of the strongest in the industry. So that, added to the edge hold and everything on this board, it's very stable, very durable and doesn't chatter much at all. I felt very stable landing jumps. I felt very confident on this board, even in icy spring conditions.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the board? The dampness and underfoot chatter of this board was really impressive. Again, even in the spring conditions that were not prime, especially for this board, this board ate it up. I felt after any jump I could land solidly. I could ride this board switch or regular and still feel the same results in chatter, in my landings, in overall riding. So no chatter underfoot with this one. It was awesome.
How does it perform at speed? In terms of speed, this board is meant to go fast. It's a seven out of ten stiffness-wise. So it holds up really nicely, especially when you're laying into carves.
This board is very easy to control at speed. I was very, very impressed and also, at speed in the air, because of these blunt noses, it cuts off some of that spin weight. So it feels really light. This board was really light, but still really responsive.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? The playfulness of this board was playful for a stiff board. It has that camber rocker profile, so when you're playing with it, it has some flex, but it's not for the traditional park rider. Or if you are somebody that loves to press all the way down the mountain, you could do it with this board, but it's not a flexible park-specific deck. I would take this board everywhere. This is a good all-mountain board.
Is there any location you'd pack this board for? If you are doing Alaska or Whistler in Canada, some more spiny terrain, you might enjoy a more directional board in the deeper days and in a little more charging and aggressive terrain. This board, for resort riding, will be perfect and then some.
Who would you recommend this board to? I would recommend this for an intermediate to advanced or even expert rider that likes to have fun on sidehits. This was so fun to just hit pops off of and carve. I think a lot of people will really respond to how fun this board is without losing your performance in more advanced terrain. This would hold up amazing in steep terrain. This is a really amazing all-mountain twin board. If you don't like a flexible board that is super soft, this is a really good option because although it is stiff, it is really playful because of that CamRock.
Who should avoid this board, as there are other better options for them out there? If you're a true park rat, you won't want something as stiff as this, but if you are a really aggressive rider that rides in park, but also rides the big mountain, this is a good board for you. Beginners might struggle on this board with the stiffness. If you're a beginner, I would recommend a much softer board.
Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the right board for you, reach out to Sydney or any other Snowboard Expert here on Curated.