Hello and welcome to my Jones Dream Catcher snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Dream Catcher as a freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Dream Catcher a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other women's freeride snowboards.
Board: Jones Dream Catcher 2020
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 82.2/100
Compared to other Women’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 15 women’s freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Dream Catcher’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Dream Catcher’s specs and available sizes.
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Dream Catcher Most Suited To?
The Dream Catcher is great for anyone looking for that board that is half way between an all-mountain board and a freeride board. It's a little softer flexing than the average freeride board, but more directional than the average all-mountain board.
Good for anyone from Intermediate to Advanced. Not quite suitable for a beginner though.
The Dream Catcher in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Dream Catcher is capable of.
Board: Jones Dream Catcher 2020, 148cm (240mm waist width)
Date: March 15, 2019
Conditions: The day started off quite soft and a little sticky, but by the evening time, as it cooled down, it started to harden up. The Dream Catcher was the 2nd board that Ash got on and by that time most of the sticky was gone - everything sped up and was quite firm in most areas.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 490mm (19.3″)
Stance Setback: Setback 20mm
Width at Inserts: 253mm (9.96") at front insert and 255mm (10.04")
Weight per cm: 16.89 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 16.48 grams/cm*
*based on a very small sample size of just 8 boards. A little over average but in a normal range for sure. On snow Ashly felt that the Dream Catcher felt lighter than the Twin Sister - even though on the scales the Twin Sister was actually lighter.
Rider Height: 5"6" (168cm)
Rider Weight: 130lbs (59kg)
Rider Boot Size: Women's US8.5 Ride Hera
Bindings Used: NOW Vetta, Small
No powder to speak of on the day, but based on specs, and on getting the Explorer (men's equivalent) of the Dream Catcher in some good powder, the Dream Catcher is really good in there. Not a specialist powder board, but better than most all-mountain boards out there, which is one of the reasons it's a nice in between all-mountain and freeride board.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Ashly felt that the Dream Catcher was nice on a carve. Not an uber-aggressive carver but very good none-the-less.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not ultra-agile at slow speeds, but not sluggish either. Just prefers to go faster a little more than it prefers to ride slow.
S Turns and Skidded Turns: Not the easiest to skid turns on but not the worst either - but not beginner friendly in that sense. S turns felt smooth and controlled. Ashly described them as feeling smoother but not as sharp as her own board (GNU Gloss).
Ashly commented on how good the glide on flats was, which is nice to have. But she also felt really stable on it, when riding at speed.
In undulating terrain and through crud, Ashly really enjoyed the Dream Catcher. She said it was one of the better she had ridden in uneven terrain - better than the Twin Sister she had ridden that day - and better than her board.
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Overall, Ashly preferred her own board for jumps overall, but the Dream Catcher had some aspects that were a little better.
Pop: Ashly felt the Dream Catcher had less pop than her Gloss
Approach: For trickier side-hits it wasn't as nimble as her board, but was more stable at speed - which helps for the approach to larger jumps.
Landing: A more solid landing platform than her board and this would certainly be appreciated on large jumps particularly.
Side-hits: Given it's not as nimble and less poppy, Ashly preferred her own board for side-hits.
It's a little more directional than most all-mountain boards and that makes it just that little bit less ideal for riding switch. Still more than doable though.
Ashly didn't enjoy this board for spinning as much as her own board. She said it felt heavier to get around on a spin. Not as good for taking off or landing switch either.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Dream Catcher is a great option if you're looking for that in between all-mountain and freeride type of board. Great in powder, really stable at speed and handles uneven terrain and crud really well.
Comes in at a great price too, so also a great option if you want to go freeriding but don't want to spend what you typically would for a freeride board.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other women's freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Dream Catcher compares to other women's freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.