Jones Explorer Split 16-17
Riding Style / Field of use
Ascent: Despite the soft flex the Jones Explorer has a solid uphill performance.
Descent: The shape has improved over the last season. It better breaks through hard snow and provides better edgehold. Also the critisized slugishness could improved and the board behaves much more agile in the 16-17 version. Still, the splitboard behaves less aggressive than for example the Solution and is more forgiving on any kind of terrain. It can be recommended for advanced beginners.
Snowconditions at the tests: from 20-30 cm of powder to hardpack and slopes
Bindings used for testing: SP und Spark
Boots: Deeluxe and Fitwell
The Explorer Split is the All-Mountain board from the Jones board lineup. It is perfectly balanced for freestyle, freeride or just doing some backcountry laps. The floaty, freeride nose is matched with a freestyle tail. A hybrid rocker-camber flex pattern is defined by more tip rocker then tail rocker and camber between the bindings. Directional Rocker makes it easy to butter or stomp and the wavy fries edges (also called Magne Traction in snowboard lingo) provides confident stability riding through tech terrain or unexpectedly rough snow conditions. On the skin track back up, the inner edge Magne Traction adds serious grip.
The board has a fast Sintered 7000 base and is factory waxed.
Video Presentation from 3:15:
- Directional Shape
- Rocker-Camber-Rocker Profile
- Classic Poplar Core
- Mellow Magne-Traction for increased edgehold
- Mellow Magne-Traction on the inner edges
- Sintert 7000 Base
- Biax Fiberglass
- Eco Plastic Topsheet
- Oversized Steeledges - for additional durability
- Karakoram Standard Clips
- Quick Tension Tail Clip - eliminates the need for a additional skin tail clip
- Lengths 158, 161, 164 as wide version for snowboarders with larger foot sizes (US 10.5+)
- Weight: 3260g (156 version)