Hello and welcome to my Jones Mind Expander review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Mind Expander as a surfy freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Mind Expander a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other surfy freeride snowboards.
Board: Jones Mind Expander
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 85.6/100
Compared to other Men’s Surfy Freeride Boards
* note that the "surfy freeride" category is a new category here at Snowboarding Profiles - and represents freeride boards that are in that softer flex range - 6.5/10 or less. They're not necessarily "surfy" feeling boards as such - but "slightly softer flexing freeride" just didn't have the same ring as a category name!"
Out of the 30 men’s surfy-freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Mind Expander’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Mind Expander’s specs and available sizes.
Full Rocker Jones Call it "Christenson Surf Rocker"
A little heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Mind Expander Most Suited To?
The Mind Expander is a great option for those looking for a surfy feeling, mid, bordering on mid-soft, board to be predominantly used in powder.
It's best as a quiver board to bring out on powder days (in or out of the trees), rather than a daily driver, IMO, but if you're after a surfy powder board for your quiver, it's a great option.
Not for the beginner but great for anyone intermediate and up wanting this type of board.
The Mind Expander in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Mind Expander is capable of.
Board: Jones Mind Expander 2020, 158cm (260mm waist width)
Date: March 14, 2019
Conditions: Overcast skies with about 75% visibility - not bad but not perfect vis.
Snow on groomers was medium with some softer spots. Some fresh snow off groomer - though some of it was a little crusty on top, but still rideable.
Cold around 20 degrees (-6 celcius) with wind chill. Around 30 (-1) without windchill.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 560mm (22″) - reference stance is 600mm (23.6") but I rode it a little narrower.
Stance Setback: Setback 20mm
Width at Inserts: 285mm (11.22") at front insert and 268mm (10.55") at back insert
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight per cm: 18.99 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.45 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of 51 boards that I've weighed in 2019 and 2020 models. The Mind Expander is on the heavier side of normal. However, it's quite a wide board for it's length. I imagine the weight/surface area might actually be on the lighter side than normal. Ideally that would be the measure but surface area is a rarely published spec.
I didn't have a great amount of powder to test it in, unfortunately, but I had a little, and from what I could tell, it's a super fun ride in powder. Feels fun and surfy even in limited amounts. I'd love to get it in some deep stuff!
And the specs couldn't be more powder oriented, with a lot of rocker, a really long and wide nose and a large amount of taper. That plus the spoon base, make this board really well suited to powder.
And whilst set back along the effective edge isn't huge, the overall setback on the board - with a considerably longer nose than tail - makes for a heap of overall setback.
Carving & Turning
Carving: It's an average carver, as was expected. Carving without camber is just never amazing, IMO.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: I found the Mind Expander to be super nimble at slow speeds and with a looser, surfy feel to it.
Skidded Turns: Really easy to skid turns on. Not catchy in the slightest.
Gets pretty wobbly when you really open it out - and that big old nose really flaps about too. But that wouldn't be an issue in powder - and it can handle a bit of speed on the groomers - just not an out and out bomber.
Really good glide - which is the case on a lot of Jones boards. Not sure if it's the quality of the base or the spoon base tech - but I'd say it's probably a combination of both.
For bumps it's great. Going over or through. It's super nimble - and overall great in the trees -and would be particularly good in trees on a good powder day.
Was decent in crud too.
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Not an amazing jumper. Feels like it's made to float over top of powder and I'd say when getting air in powder it would be a good board to have - with that nose staying afloat on landings, but for general jumps/ollies on groomers, it's not that great.
Pop: What's there is really easy to access, but there's not that much there - a lack of camber the most likely explanation for that.
Approach: Nimble but not all that stable
Landing: A little wobbly on landings
Side-hits: Nice and nimble for tricky approaches, but not hugely exciting with that limited pop and slightly wobbly landings.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: More suited to small jumps than anything else - but powder jumps probably more suited again.
It's pretty weird to ride switch. You can do it with any board, but this one is one of the harder, weirder boards to ride switch.
Surprisingly easy/fast to get the spin around, given that big nose and it being a slightly heavier board. But that's about all that was surprising about spinning this board. As expected it wasn't the best for taking off and landing switch and that lack of pop didn't make it a very exciting spinner.
I like a nice loose board for jibs, but this felt almost too loose/wobbly for it. Certainly not made for jibs though, so wasn't expecting much.
Really quite easy to press. The tail and nose feel quite different to each to press on though, so it's not ideal.
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 Mind Expander is a fun surfy ride, that's quite powder specialized. Would make a great addition to a quiver, if you're looking for a surfy, quick edge-to-edge ride for powder days, whether you're riding in trees or out of them.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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