Snowboard Iskola

Board: Jones Storm Chaser

Buy it here:
The House:
Blue Tomato:

Size: 147

Camber Option: Christenson Surf Rocker. Full on directional rocker.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: 6 inches of fresh pow a mix of high to low cloud cover, storms, moderate to high winds, cold temps, crunchy snow underneath, and soft groomers here and there.

Flex: This board is on the softer side and that’s accentuated due to the rocker profile. You have a softer nose that stiffens up right at the front insert pack and remains that way through the rear then it gets a little softer in the tail. The torsional flex is abundant.

Stability: The width is really where the stability forms on this board. In really choppy terrain it gets bucked around and you feel it underfoot. The tip will flap at high speeds when you mob down a run. Basically it’s stable in wide open deep pow where it’s not getting bucked around, but in tight trees or lumpy terrain you feel everything.

Ollies/Pop: All the pop comes off your back foot. When you roll back onto the tail which is right outside the rear insert pack you spring off that rocker. If you have strong legs you’ll boost, if you don’t, well good luck then.

Butterability: That nose is a huge platform for buttering around. It just works so well with that rocker. The tail is almost non existent. Basically high speed pow butters are where this board excels at.

Carving: They claim this board has radical carving potential. I don’t agree. It can get on edge and hold when you need it to on softer snow, but firmer snow you lose so much edge bite that it’s just holding on hoping to make it to softer snow. It is actually nimble edge to edge for being ultra wide but is it a carving machine? No, it’s got enough edge hold to help you survive riding on a groomer and staying on edge. Medium mellow carves are where it tops out.

Rider in Mind: The storm chasing powder hound.

Personal Thoughts: The last time I rode it I wasn’t overly impressed with it on a groomer, this time it was a bit better. Is it a board I’d grab right off the bat for a less than one foot pow day at a resort? No, this still needs more snow to really stand out, but it did get the job done. While not overly damp I didn’t die in the crusty snow that was lurking under the powder.

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