Expert Review: 2024 Jones Aviator 2.0 Snowboard [with Video]

Published on 11/09/2023 · 7 min readSnowboarding Experts Mike Leighton & Will Cabral tested the 2024 Jones Aviator Snowboard in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Mike Leighton, Snowboarding Expert
Will Cabral, Snowboarding Expert
By Curated Experts Mike Leighton and Will Cabral

Curated Snowboarding Experts Mike Leighton & Will Cabral got their hands on the 2024 Jones Aviator this spring. 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 Aviator or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboarding 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.

Brand Claims

What does Jones claim about this board? [Mike] The Aviator is designed for the advanced rider looking to charge and carve everything all over the mountain.

[Will] Jones claims The Aviator is a hard-charging, deep-carving, resort shredder. It is Jones’s full camber offer.

Overall Impressions What is your overall impression of this board? [Mike] I was excited to ride this board. Ideally, this board is for a light-footed, nimble rider who’s also aggressive and can take advantage of how quick this board is edge to edge and how light it is. It wants to work on its own underneath you. If you’re a little bit more powerful and adding energy into your turns, this board might blow out on it a little bit.

[Will] We rode it in a 158. It felt like a springboard for me. It’s got the long, effective edge and full camber, and this thing had a lot of bounce that I popped pretty hard off of. One thing I do want to mention is that being a size 11, this was a board that felt a little narrow for my boot. I was also riding a pretty large pair that doesn’t necessarily have a footprint to try to save space, so I got a little booting out on this board. The toe side edge felt great for me, but then I set it up heavy on the hillside. This board has a narrower ratio between its nose and tail to its waist. For a bigger rider, it’s something to watch out for, and make sure to check the spec sheet.

Carving

How does it turn? [Mike] It has a 3D contour in the nose and the tail, which helps with some spooning and float. And it also helps with rolling on and turn initiation.

What is the edge hold like? [Mike] It has Jones’ Traction Tech, which bumps out right at the inserts, another one in the middle, and then at the tail. It helps engage it. It does hold a really solid edge. It is stable enough in a straight line.

How damp is the board? Do you feel any underfoot chatter? [Mike] It features a bit of Koroyd right in the nose, which helps reduce weight and is also designed to help reduce chatter.

[Will] It has Koroyd in the nose, which is meant to eat up chatter.

How does it perform at speed? [Will] With the full camber, you'll feel in control laying deep carves. We took it pretty fast. This is a board that is meant for the hard-charging rider.

How is its energy/acceleration? [Mike] If you’re quick edge to edge and like popping in and out of turns and then all the trees, this is a great option for you.

[Will] With its responsiveness, it could get going a little too fast on you in the bumps sometimes. It’s something to watch out for. It’s for an aggressive rider who’s pretty advanced and will be comfortable reacting to being thrown off in those bumps.

Freestyle

How is it for freestyle snowboarding? [Mike] This is a pretty solid freestyle option. It’s not going to be your dedicated park board, but if you want to spin off some cliffs or watch your favorite Victor clips and then try to emulate them, this is a great board for you.

[Will] This board was actually pretty fun from a freestyle focus. It’s rated as an 8 out of 10 flex, so it’s pretty stiff, but when you’re getting up at higher speeds, it will continue to stay responsive.

Could you speak about playfulness and pop? [Mike] Even though it’s an 8 out of 10 flex, it’s not stiff as a board by any means, so you can press, play, pop, spin, butter on it … no problem. It probably isn’t going to be a real big rail option, but it’ll definitely take a couple off through the park.

[Will] Since it’s pretty stiff, it’s responsive and has pretty good pop.

Is it good for riding switch? [Mike] It’s a directional snowboard, but it rides switch really well.

[Will] Riding switch felt okay. Maybe it is not a full run-going switch, but because it is directional, it has the Koroyd in the nose, and it's designed to go one way. It can handle some switch riding.

How is it for buttering? [Mike] It butters well with that little bit of a bevel in the nose and the tail. It’s going to butter around in the presses.

[Will] It’s not something that I felt like I wanted to butter on flat ground and at lower speeds, but if I did find some powder and wanted to ride out the tail, I would feel confident with the stiffness and the stability. It would definitely be able to handle big drops, and the tail really wouldn’t fold on you.

How is it on jumps? [Will] This is something that popped off of jumps and would be great on sidehits.

Freeride

How is it in powder? [Will] This board has a 3D contour in the nose and tail and will float well in powder. You could take it to the top of the resort, find some fresh snow, charge, and try to go fast through that terrain.

How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? [Mike] It’s designed to be in powder, popping off things in the trees, popping in all moguls. That’s where this board is going to shine. That full camber will also be easy to control in those situations.

[Will] As I was getting up at a higher speed on a bit of uneven terrain, it could handle it and plow through.

How is it riding in the trees? How is its maneuverability? [Will] We got a chance to ride it in some trees and bumps. With its long, effective edge, it felt longer than 158. The maneuverability is pretty good, being it is a little narrower, but it does ride a little bit long.

What terrain is this board good for? [Mike] If you’re looking for something to ride pretty much everywhere, from the steep in the deep on to those faster groomers and seeking outside hits and drops, this is a great option.

[Will] This board shines in wide-open groomers, where you can rail high-speed turns, and steep technical terrain, where you can drop cliffs and find sidehits.

What kind of terrain should riders avoid with it? [Mike] I don’t think this will be an enjoyable option if you are just learning to link turns. It won’t be my go-to choice if I’m riding in the park. I also probably wouldn’t try and take this into a bank slalom or something like that, personally.

[Will] This is not something that I would ride on more mellow terrain. This is something that wants to find the more challenging stuff.

Recommendations

Who would you recommend this board to? [Mike] I would recommend it to an advanced rider looking for something to carve, slash, and charge all over the hill and who isn’t spending a lot of time on mellower terrain.

[Will] This board is really a fit for more aggressive riders.

Who should avoid this board, are there other better options out there for them? [Mike] True beginners or even intermediate riders or people looking for something that’s a bit more freestyle-focused. I wouldn’t recommend this board to big, hard-charging, aggressive riders looking for a little more powerful board performance. I would put them towards one of the Ultras, like the Flagship.

[Will] I wouldn’t recommend it for an intermediate.

Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the right board for you, reach out to Mike, Will, or any other Snowboarding Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best board for you.

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