Expert Review: 2023 Jones Tweaker Snowboard [with Video]
Snowboard Experts Everett Pelkey and Mike Leighton tested the 2023 Jones Tweaker snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Experts Everett Pelkey and Mike Leighton tested the 2023 Jones Tweaker this spring 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 snowboarder is different. If you have any questions about the Tweaker or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboard Expert here on Curated.
One final point before we dive in: 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? [Everett] So with this board, Jones claims that it is a fun hogging, all-mountain, freestyle-oriented board. I'm still trying to figure out what fun hogging is, but whatever it means I'm in. I love it. This thing is so much fun. As a previous park rider, the "Let's just have fun in everything I see" mentality fits that sweet spot. It will take that freestyle orientation and turn everything you see into a terrain park. You want to jib that rail, but you also want to hit that tree? You can do that with this thing. It does it all with that freestyle mindset.
So Jones as a brand is an overall all-mountain ripper. They build lineups for every kind of desired ride, from ripping the entire resort all the way to finding the steepest and deepest terrain. And that inspiration is still found in this board, but this is a pure true park board that they have finally brought their skillset into. You can buy this strictly as a park board. You could rip those rails. You could hit the biggest jumps and really press it out. But if you want to go explore the rest of the mountain and keep that inspiration going with you, this thing can do that just as well. That's the most surprising but fun feature about this board. That it is a true freestyle board with all-mountain capabilities.
What is your overall impression of this board? [Everett] This board just makes me smile. It’s so comfortable that I'm already trying to bust stupid upside down tricks in a very safe manner. But it allows for that. It doesn't feel too soft and remains playful so that when I tried to snap it, I didn't think I got too much pop. Somehow in the nose and tail, there is a springboard effect, and I leveled up and went two extra feet in the air. Apparently, there's a double jump feature on this board.
[Mike] So the Jones Tweaker is new for 2023. It holds an edge just fine, I think. But with carving, it doesn't ever get super locked in. It's kind of a little bit washy. I think, from a freestyle perspective, that the Tweaker wins. But I think from an overall control perspective that the [Capita] DOA just feels a little bit more in control, especially on harder snow. But I can imagine with the wider platform on this, that from a freeride perspective, this board would be sick.
What we ended up riding was the 156. It is really fun all over the mountain. It's really lightweight, so no matter where you're on the mountain, whether you're ripping groomers in the morning, taking some park laps, seeking out some natural features to hit some side hits, or tackling some fresh snow, this board is going to be fun all over the mountain.
What is the shape of the board and the board profile? How does it impact the ride? [Mike] The Jones Tweaker is a true twin with camber. It features their double radius nose and tail, which allows for the longest side cut possible. You could have the longest possible side cut while still having a blunted tip and tail. Now a blunted tip and tail are really important in the freestyle world. They're not necessary, but what they do is they essentially eliminate any unnecessary material. So it feels like you're riding a much longer board to give you that much more control, but it has the swing weight of a smaller board.
What is carving like with this board? [Everett] For carving on this as a freestyle park board, it’s a really fun board to ride. It surprisingly takes it in all-mountain capability. When laying out a little bit harder returns, you feel a lot more stable on this board. Even with the softer core in the middle, it feels like you're getting more of a rocker capability in it.
[Mike] The board features their V-core 3.0, which means it's a little bit softer in the center. So that allows you to torsionally flex the board, which makes getting it up on edge really easy. Normally, a true camber snowboard requires a bit more energy to engage the edge, and what the V-core allows you to do is really easily manipulate that for turn initiation. It can also be really helpful in the freestyle world, locking in butters, and any other kind of freestyle maneuver you're doing.
How is the freestyle riding? [Everett] So freestyle is where this board comes alive. This thing is designed as a true park freestyle board and that's where it came to be so much fun. That's what got me so stoked on getting my feet on this board, and it lived up to my initial hype of what it would do. It was able to get up on the nose and tail because of this blunt shape. It really rolled super hard up on there. So I am able to comfortably and really securely get those butters and presses down. I was able to lay into them and lock for as long as I wanted to and really rip around the whole mountain. And when it came to initiation, because of, again, this blunt tip and tail, the contact point does go a little farther than expected. So be ready for that when you're trying to initiate turns or trying to lay that edge into a park feature. It does take a little bit longer to wrap around that, but it's still super fun.
[Mike] What's really great about this board is a lot of Jones' boards are stiffer. The Tweaker is softer. So it makes it a much more approachable board. It's a lot more freestyle-friendly, and it's really cool to see that a mostly freeride-focused company decided to make something with the more freestyle guys in mind. This means that this board has the freeride DNA of the Flagship and the Hovercraft and all those great Jones boards that really are designed to be ripping big mountain and fresh snow and puts it into a package that can also hit the park. And I think, personally for me, that is something that Jones has kind of been missing from the lineup. So I was really excited when the Tweaker came out.
How is the board for riding switch? [Mike] This board is a true camber and true twin, so it is at home making turns switch regularly. It is nimble.
How is the freeride? [Everett] So freeriding this board was a lot of fun. It is not something I would take on some of the more deep days or on the more technical terrain. But if you want to get out of the rest of the resort, dip into some trees, find some side hits, and kind of just cruise around, almost rip all the groomers, this board can do it. I had a ton of fun pushing it to its limits. Most Jones boards in the lineup stay on the stiffer side. Even though this is their softest in their lineup, you still get the stability of a stiffer board. I think it hits the sweet spot for that buttery soft feel while still having the capabilities of pushing it harder than you would a true full-on park board.
[Mike] We had a chance to ride it on some rollers, some groomer terrain, and a little bit uneven terrain. It was at home on all of it. I was really, really, really happy with this board, to be honest. So I would recommend this board to anyone that is either looking to get out of the park and more into the freeride world or looking to go to the park after coming from maybe a more directional board. This board is approachable. It's easy to turn. Anyone from, I'd say, intermediate level and up would be at home on this.
Who would you recommend this board to? [Everett] I would totally recommend this for that park rat who’s trying to get out of park every once in a while and wants to ride the whole mountain. This board is a true freestyle board with all-mountain capabilities that if you were looking for a more park board to add to your lineup but didn't want to rule out being able to rip the rest of the resort if you weren’t feeling the park that day, you could do it with this board right here.
[Mike] I'd recommend this board for intermediate riders and up. The V-core makes it really easy to turn. The true camber means it's going to hold a solid edge. The twin shape means it's at home in the park. It comes from Jones' DNA, so it can freeride a bit as well. If you're looking for something that can play all over the mountain, really excel in the park and outside the park, Jones route did a really good job with the Tweaker.
Who would you not recommend this board to, there are other better options out there to consider? [Everett] This is definitely not a beginner board. Because of the camber profile all the way through and being a little bit stiffer, it's not going to be the most forgiving board, so trying to learn the true fundamentals of riding will be quite difficult on a board like this.
Also, if you are a pure freeride enthusiast, this can get you out there, but it's not going to excel. That's the whole reason Jones has their entire lineup catered for those freeride-specific people out there that are meant to go hit the steepest chutes you can see out there. This board isn't meant to do that, but it will get you out there for when you're ready, and you can step up to that board.
[Mike] The only kind of riders that I might not recommend it for would be a true beginner or someone looking for an aggressive freeride board to ride a ton of fresh snow and really charge and power through all of that chop and chunder. The medium stiff flex that it features, if you're a big aggressive freerider, you're going to want something stiffer and maybe a little bit more directional.
Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the best board for your needs, reach out to Everett, Mike, or any other Snowboard Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations. They’ll help you find the right snowboard for you.