The profile of the Mind Expander board is unique in itself, add to this the spoon bevel in the nose and tail and the surfy personality really comes through. All this from an company which advocates for sustainability and continuously strives to lessen their own impact on the environment. Win-win!
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Jones is a company that has been making waves since its inception in 2009. Founded by big mountain legend Jeremy Jones, the company’s focus is on providing durable, sustainable products that match or exceed the performance of other top products on the market. The privately held company has an impressive lineup of boards and accessories, and is a proud supporter of 1% For the Planet and Protect Our Winters.
An innovative shape is just the beginning with this board, keep on reading to expand your mind.
The Jones Mind Expander is an alternative all-mountain shredder designed for surfy, freestyle flow and creative free riding. The surf shape and style are thanks to a renowned surfboard shaper, Chris Christenson, who has partnered with Jones to bring a diverse surfing background to the frozen oceans we enjoy up in the mountains. The Mind Expander is just one of the Jones Surf Series snowboards, and is available in both solid, split, women’s, and mini versions.
The Mind Expanders unique shape features the Jones 3D Contour Base 3.0. This freeride focused base has a 7mm spoon bevel in both the tips and the tail. This enhances the rocker and increases the ability to float through the snow by deflecting snow instead of plowing through it. Rounded tip and tail edges avoid catching while transferring from edge to edge, and the camber and Traction Tech keep that turn locked in once on edge. The result is effortless, flowy turns.
The base itself is made from Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethelene (UHMW-PE) and Carbon, and finished with a natural factory wax. The UHMW-PE base is ultra fast and easy to repair, and the factory wax is all natural, non-flouro race wax
The core has been re-designed with triple density Bamboo Surf wood which features primarily paulownia stringers combined with bamboo stringers positioned in the pocket of the sidecut. The result more turning power and better edge response. An additional carbon stringer pack eliminates vibrations in the nose. Finally, a dual-direction, dual-layer, stitched fibreglass laminate offers a responsive yet forgiving ride.
Core: Bamboo Surf Core
Base: Sintered 9900
Consider my mind expanded!! What a great ride… from the aesthetics to the feel of the board underfoot, the Mind Expander is a weapon I am stoked to have in the quiver.
The profile of the board is unique in itself, but when you add in the spoon bevel in the nose and tail, the surfy personality really comes through. The board charges through pow whether it’s untouched or chopped up, but remains quick to respond and playful. Leaning into the rails was as much fun on hardpack as it was in soft snow, and the board feels super solid when locked into a turn.
I feel like the Mind Expander wants you to stomp your landings. The oversized nose keeps the board on top of the snow and the addition of the carbon stringers gives the whole board a really solid feel. The stringers really help with chatter and eliminate any floppiness to the nose. While the board is on the stiffer end of the spectrum, I still found it really playful and enjoyable to butter.
On top of this being a great snowboard, it comes from a company you can feel good supporting. Jones advocates for sustainability and continuously strives to lessen their own impact on the environment. Be it through using recycled material, reducing the carbon footprint in shipping goods and materials, or donating to nonprofits, Jones is all about giving back to the community and striving to leave a snowy world for generations to come.
Price: $699CAN / $549.95US
Sizes: 146, 150, 158, 162cm
Dimensions: 30.5 x 26 x 28.5cm (size 158cm)
Shape: Hybrid directional, 3D Contour Base 3.0
Camber: Christenson Surf Rocker Profile
Quality / Price: 2/2
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