Hello and welcome to my Jones Mountain Twin Review.
In this review I will take a look at the Mountain Twin as an all mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Mountain Twin a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all mountain snowboards.
Board: Jones Mountain Twin 2018
Price: $499 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 89.0/100
Compared to other Men’s All Mountain Boards
Out of the 27 men’s all mountain snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 80.9/100
- The highest score was 92.1/100
- The lowest score was 63.4/100
- The average price was $490
- The Mountain Twin ranked 3rd Equal out of 27
Overview of the Mountain Twin’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Mountain Twin’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||All-Mountain||Flex||Medium (6 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber||Shape||Directional Twin|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||248||250||258||253||258||256||260||256||262|
|Weight Range (lbs)||110-160||120-170||130-180||130-180||140-190||150-200||150-200||160-210||170-220+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||49-73||54-77||59-82||59-82||64-86||67-91||67-91||73-95||77-100+|
Who is the Mountain Most Suited to?
Anyone who wants just one snowboard but they want to be able to do a bit of everything on it and ride it anywhere on the mountain. This is the definition of an all mountain snowboard and the Mountain Twin does this better than any other board that I’ve ridden.
So if you want to ride powder, hard pack, soft pack, open bowls, narrow chutes and if you want to ride at speed, carve, jump, jib, ride switch and even ride in the pipe – then the Mountain has you covered.
It’s not going to be the boss at all of those things – as one board can’t be the boss at everything. But it will be above average at most things and that’s something that few boards can achieve. So if you only want to have one board but you’re the kind of rider that wants to do everything and go everywhere, then this is going to be the best at that, in my opinion.
Not the ideal beginner board – but great for anyone intermediate and above.
The Mountain Twin in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Mountain Twin is capable of.
Board: Jones Mountain Twin 2017, 157cm (253 mm waist width)
Date: Tuesday March 30th, 2016
Conditions: Groomed – hard packed but slushy on top. Mostly slushy conditions. Very slow conditions in general – “cascade concrete” for sure. Which made it a point and shoot day in order to keep up speed on anything that wasn’t steep.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
The Mountain Twin is rated as 7/10 in terms of flex but to me it felt more like it was a 6/10 for flex. All brands have a different way of rating this but to me it was a 6/10.
The Mountain Twin points and shoots like a boss over powder. It floats really well and I felt really confident just going for it over slush and powder. No fear of sinking the nose at all – which made the Mountain Twin super fun in the conditions I had.
It has a 20mm setback stance, just a little bit more nose than tail and has rocker in the profile toward the tip and tail – all of which helps with that powder float.
Carving and Turning
You can hold a really good carve on the mountain twin. And it’s got good edge hold too – on the hard spots that I encountered, where there was no slush, it felt really stable with good edge grip with no fear of washing out.
Was also fast edge-to-edge and going through narrow chutes and through trees it felt responsive.
On the day I had, speed was a hard thing to come by – but considering the conditions I was able to get some decent pace going on the Mountain Twin and it glided well on flats – given the conditions.
Also it felt stable at speed, which is really where the speed rating is most important. It’s very stable feeling overall and minimal chatter.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Like everything with this board, it was pretty good over the bumpy stuff.
This board is fun for jumps. It feels stable on landings and has decent pop for ollying over rollers and popping off lips.
The board has camber between the feet which extends out beyond the inserts – then it has rocker at the tip and tail. That camber underfoot really helps with the pop and for stability on landings.
The Mountain Twin is a directional twin shape – so the shape is twin but the side cut is setback 20cm and the stance is set back 20cm.
In spite of this, it still felt relatively easy to ride switch and was easy to transition in and out of switch. It doesn’t feel like a true twin with a centered stance – but you can definitely ride it backwards comfortably.
It’s not a jibbing master by any means – but you can take it through the occasional lap through the park and hit some jibs with it. It won’t perform like a board made for jibbing but you can do it if that’s something you like to do from time to time.
I didn’t take it into a pipe but it’s got enough stiffness and good enough edge hold to be really decent in the pipe – and the shape, whilst not perfect for the pipe, is definitely doable for the pipe too.
Changes from 2017 Model
The core of the 2018 model has been changed and this is supposed to increase torsional response between the feet. It also uses a new ECO-Plastic topsheet in place of the film topsheets they used for the 2017 model.
The 2017 model saw a new core introduced – which was designed to add more pop. That same core was kept for the 2018 model but with a bit of tweak for the torsional flex (as mentioned above).
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||89.0/100|
This board can do everything! It’s billed to do so and it lives up to that billing.
Great float in powder/slush, decent speed, carved well, held an edge well, was good over bumps, was easy to ride switch (despite the 20mm setback) and was nice and maneuverable.
Was good down narrow chutes, through trees, in wide open terrain it was fun to let it carve. It was nice over jumps both for the approach, good pop and stable on landings. Was pretty good with jibs and spins too. There was nothing this board couldn’t do. Had heaps of fun on this board.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in the Mountain Twin, check out the links below for more info, current prices and options for where to buy.
If you want to check out other men’s all-mountain snowboard options or see how the Mountain Twin compared to other all-mountain decks, check out the link below.