Know Your Board
The dimensions of a snowboard define how that board performs on snow. The dimension specs of all our models are fine tuned for specific styles of riding. Understand how waist width, flex and sidecut and stance dimensions effect board performance to find the best board for you.
Know Your Waist Width
The Waist Width of a snowboard is a critical performance dimension. If your board is too wide, it will feel slow moving edge to edge. If your board is too narrow, you will drag the toe cap or heel cup of your binding in the snow when you turn sharply. Riding a board with the ideal waist width is most critical for riders with big feet, as “heel cupping” can be dangerous on steep terrain.
Note that ideal waist width may vary based on board design. Both the Storm Chaser and Hover/Ultracraft are designed to be ridden wider than normal.
Know Your Waist Width - By Jeremy Jones
Jeremy breaks down how a snowboard’s waist width affects board performance and details the waist width specs of several foundation board models of the Jones line.
If you wear US Men’s 11.5 or bigger, look for our BIG HORN series boards with minimum waist width 26.3 cm. Learn More Here
Know your Flex
Your riding level and riding style decide if you need a Medium or Stiff Flex board. Relative to the rest of the snowboard market, we don’t make soft flex boards. Medium flex boards offer good stability at speed and are easy to turn and maneuver. Stiff flex boards are really stable at high speed and in rough snow conditions, but they require solid strength and technique to ride smoothly. If you are a beginner, intermediate or freestyle focused rider, a medium flex board is your best choice. If you are an expert rider, or are looking to increase your confidence riding in steep, rough terrain, look at our stiffer models. Note that many expert riders like medium flex boards especially when riding pow.
Several Jones models feature V-CORES that affect the flex of a board from tip to tail. Boards with V-CORES are slightly softer in the very center of the board for improved maneuverability and stiffer from the inserts through the tip and tail for stability and pop.
Medium Flex Models (6/10 - 7/10):
Mountain Twin, Explorer, Hovercraft, Aviator, Project X, Mind Expander, Storm Chaser, Lone Wolf, Twin Sister, Dream Catcher, Airheart, Women’s Hovercraft, Women’s Mind Expander, Discovery, Prodigy, Mini Mind Expander
Stiff Flex Models (8/10 - 10/10):
Ultracraft, Ultra Mountain Twin, Flagship, Carbon Flagship, Solution, Carbon Solution, Women’s Flagship, Women’s Solution
Models with V-Cores:
All Women’s and Youth models, Lone Wolf, Mind Expander, Flagship, Mountain Twin, Hovercraft, Ultracraft, Explorer, Project X, Aviator
Know Your Flex - By Jeremy Jones
Jeremy breaks down how board flex affects performance and details the flex specs of several key boards in the Jones line.
Know Your Sidecut
Snowboard edges do not follow a straight line from tip to tail. The edges follow the shape of an arc. The size of this arc is called the Sidecut radius. Sidecut effects turn performance. A board with a long sidecut will excel at making big, fast turns. A board with a short sidecut will excel at making tighter turns at slower speeds. A board with a medium sidecut will excel at making turns of any size at medium speeds.
You can still make slow, tight turns on a board with a long sidecut, and you can make big, fast turns on a board with a short sidecut, but you will need to put more energy and muscle into the turn.
Short sidecut (6 - 7m)
Mind Expander, Storm Chaser, Women’s Mind Expander, Discovery, Prodigy, Mini Mind Expander
Medium sidecut (7 - 8.4m)
Mountain Twin, Ultra Mountain Twin, Explorer, Aviator, Project X, Twin Sister, Dream Catcher, Airheart
Long sidecut (8.5 - 10m)
Hovercraft, Ultracraft, Flagship, Carbon Flagship, Lone Wolf, Solution, Carbon Solution, Women’s Flagship, Women’s Hovercraft, Women’s Solution
Drawing of the Mind Expander
Know Your Sidecut - By Jeremy Jones
Jeremy breaks down how sidecut affects board performance and details the sidecut specs of a few foundation board models in the Jones line.
UNDERSTANDING STANCE WIDTH
Snowboard stance width is a personal preference. Some riders like wide stances that keep your center of gravity lower for more stability in the air. Other riders like narrow stances that let you feather turns faster and ride more “long board” surf style. The general recommendation is to ride a stance width that places your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Most riders will find a stance between 21-24 inches (53- 60 cm) to be the most stable.
The binding position marked as Reference Stance* is the stance width and position that a board model/size was designed for. With your bindings set on the Reference Stance you are positioned with the intended stance setback relative to the effective edge. Stance setback varies by model from 0-3 cm. If you prefer a narrower or wider stance than the Reference Stance, you must move each binding in or out the same amount of holes. If you move one binding in and one binding out from the marked positions you will be riding the same stance width, but you will not be set in the Reference Stance. Riding in the Reference Stance is not critical but it unlocks the intended board performance.
The maximum stance width of a board model/size is 1.6 inches (4 cm) wider than the Reference Stance. The minimum stance width of a board model is 3.1 inches (8 cm) narrower than the Reference Stance.
Drawing of the Flagship
The stance width if outside holes of the binding are aligned with the third hole in from the tip and the third hole in from the tail.
Reference stance widths are always +20mm greater than Centered stance widths.
Centered Stance: Distance from the actual center of front insert pack to the actual center of the rear insert pack.