Hello and welcome to the Venture Storm Snowboard Review. As is the custom at snowboardingprofiles.com the review will take the form of a battle – this week’s battle sees the Storm go up against the Jones Women’s Solution.
To be eligible for this battle the boards had to be:
- A women’s Freeride board
- Costing more than $550
- Come in a split board option
As we are reviewing split boards today they are of course more costly than standard boards.
The first thing we will look at is some general specs for the boards.
|Venuture Storm||Jones Women’s Solution|
|Price||$895 (USD) (splitboard)||$849 (USD) (splitboard)|
|Weight||Feels Normal||Feels Normal|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Advanced to Expert|
|Shape||Tapered Directional||Tapered Directional|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance Setback||Setback -30mm||Setback -30mm (-35mm on the 156)|
The Performance Factors
O.k now let’s look at the performance in 8 different categories.
Of course we are looking at freeride boards so how they perform riding switch or jibbing aren’t going to be very important – that’s where the smart rating system comes in.
Smart Rating System
I have put the boards through my smart rating system which takes into account which performance factors are more important for different types of boards. Putting these boards through the freeride points system resulted in the following results:
|Storm Ratings||Storm Points||Women's Solution Ratings||Women's Solution Points|
|TOTAL after normalizing||82.4/100||85.3/100|
A Closer Look at the Results
There is very little in it between these two boards and it’s hard to separate them.
For perspective – of 8 boards in this category (women’s free-ride $550 and over) that I analyzed:
- the average score was 82.1/100
- the highest score was 91.2/100
- the Storm ranked 5th out of the 8 boards
- the Women’s Solution ranked 3rd out of the 8 boards
That puts both of these boards somewhere in the middle. Though it must be noted that not all of the boards in that analysis were split boards so as split boards these two do offer something additional.
The Venture Storm scored slightly lower with 82.4/100. It received a perfect score in powder – which is a really important trait for a freeride board (particularly a split board) as you will be spending a lot of time in powder (hopefully!).
The biggest weakness for the Storm was its carving. Something that is also really important for freeride boards and it wasn’t awesome on uneven terrain either.
NB: Neither of these boards are specifically women’s boards – rather they are essentially unisex boards that come in both men’s and women’s sizes. This is starting to become the trend with freeride boards (not so with other style boards) as there were complaints that women’s freeride boards weren’t getting the same technology as men’s freeride boards.
The Solution scored 85.3 points – a little higher than the storm and a good bit above the average. The Solution has it over the Storm on carving and showed its biggest weakness in the uneven terrain.
The User Reviews
It took a bit to find user reviews for the Storm but what I could find certainly made this board sound pretty epic! Check out one of those reviews below – this is for the wide version, but should give you an idea – like I said it was hard to find user reviews on this one.
- Storm User Review (scroll down to see review)
Note that the storm also comes in a solid version (non split board) for $595.
The Solution gets some great reviews and there’s generally a lot of excitement around this board.
I couldn’t find too many reviews on the women’s solution specifically but it is the same board as the men’s version just with different sizes so there are some reviews of the “men’s” solution below.
- Jones Solution User Reviews (scroll down to see the reviews)
In the Final Analysis
The the Solution was a better carver, scored higher in the smart rating system and was slightly cheaper. So this one is unanimously awarded to…. the Jones Women’s Solution.
However, this was pretty close and both boards were above the average and would do a great job as split boards. And if you are looking for a solid board freerider then the Storm is the better option here (the only option – as far as I know the solution only comes in split).
The Storm also comes in heaps of sizes so there should be one for most people’s sizes (male and female).
Here are some additional specs for the boards to see if either are a good fit for you.
|Storm by Venture||Women's Solution by Jones|
|Available lengths/(widths)||152 (240), 156 (240), 157 (250), 161 (250), 165 (250), 162 (260), 166 (260), 170 (260), 171 (270), 181 (270), 148 (280), 153 (290)||148 (239), 152 (241), 156 (245)|
|Edge-hold||Hard Snow||Hard Snow|
Where to Buy
Check out the links in the table below to see if you can find your size.
|Jones Women’s Solution||Venture Storm|
>>Jones Women’s Solution Splitboard (at backcountry.com)*
>>Jones Women's Solution Splitboard (at evo.com)
*For the Solution backcountry.com have this board as a “hybrid rocker” but I have double checked with the Jones website and it’s definitely a “hybrid camber” (what they call directional rocker – a longer rocker section towards the tip and a shorter rocker section towards the tail – but it’s definitely camber under foot).
Ever Ridden the Storm or Solution
If you have experience riding either of these boards I’d love to hear from you.
Any other questions or comments also very welcome.