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THE big mountain board.

We've been admiring Jeremy Jones's insane freeride lines for almost two decades, and it's obvious the guy knows what works on the steepest, gnarliest terrain on the planet. So, you can rest easy when you've got a Jones Flagship snowboard strapped to your feet, because it'll hold up to anything that your nerves will. The CamRock profile puts traditional camber under your feet for solid edge hold, with a directional rocker profile to keep you floating on top of the deep stuff. The shape, as you probably guessed, is optimized for riding as fast as your brain can handle. When falling isn't an option, the Flagship will get you there and back as confidently as any board on the planet.

Camber between the feet keeps the Flagship planted at mach speed, and there's slightly more rocker in the nose than the tail, for unreal float, without sacrificing the ability to ride switch. Mellow Magne-Traction places bumps along the edge, for better edge hold, especially when you're crossing an icy traverse on the way to the run of your life. The blunted nose keeps swing weight down for quicker turns. The sintered base holds a bunch of wax, and runs crazy fast. And the beautiful wood topsheet is as environmentally friendly as it is durable.

  • CamRock (camber between feet, rockered tip and tail)
  • Directional shape
  • Mellow Magne-Traction
  • FSC wood core
  • Sintered base
  • Assorted base colors

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5 5

Loving the Flagship!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Santa brought me the Jones Flagship 163W for Xmas. I am a 38 years old, 6'2" and 195 lbs advanced rider (20 years experience) and love to carve huge ruts, to ride fast, and to hit any powder available (trees or elsewhere). I am coming from an 8-year old board with the lots of camber (as they all used to have) that I have loved. The Jones is MUCH better.

Greatest strengths: I have never ridden an aggressive all-mountain board that is so secure on an edge. It will carve through the hardest hard pack, and I can rail it over like a carving board and do 360 carves if I want. The cam/rocker setup requires some getting used to when coming from a fully-cambered board. Initially I thought it only carved huge turns (due to larger-radius sidecut) but if you really get it high up on edge and commit to the turn it bends into a tighter turn, and I was amazed what a great carving board it is. Literally makes my carving board/hard board setup unnecessary! It is not as "snappy" feeling edge-to-edge as my old fully-cambered board or carving board, but once I got used to it, the Flagship is great edge-to-edge down the fall-line or when carving GS turns.
It is also ridiculously fast and secure at speed. Whether straightlining or doing long, gradual super-G style carves it is sure-footed and wonderful. You feel bumps more than my old board due to the stiffness, but I have gotten used to it and like it.
I have gotten way too little powder opportunities this year, but the bits of powder I have hit I am amazed at how it just pops up and planes. SO much easier on my back leg than my old board. Can't wait to get a real powder day!
Another plus is you don't need a stomp pad. The wood top is tacky enough that I can put my foot anywhere between the bindings and it won't slip off. Bonus!

Downsides? In mixed crud the stiffness may make it a little jarring. You will get the most out of this board if you know how to carve and bend a board while on edge.

5 5

Insanely awesome and rewarding!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a love/hate relationship the first day I rode this board. It was beyond my abilities at the time, I could not figure out how to tame this beast. I was used to a smaller Lib tech (T Rice Pro 161) so jumping up to the Jones 164, with K2 UFO boots, and trying to charge in some steep glades was a humbling awaking into how aggressive, stiff and amazing this board is. A few adjustments later (moved the bindings to there recommended set back stance, as I had them closer to center ala a more traditional directional twin). Now everything made sense and life was elevated to a whole new level. Jeremy Jones has always been an inspiration of mine and now riding his board is like a dream come true. It holds an edge on anything, carves like its on rails, is stiff and predicable and most importunity - FLOATS on powder. I even took it off some boxes in the terrain park as this board awoke a new level of appreciation for what a quality snowboard can do. Several days on this board now, in powder, groomers, ice and lots of trees and can say this is probably the best board for charging down the mountain. Not for everyone, but if you can handle it, it will deliver the goods!!!

5 5

Love this board

This is my favorite board. I am riding the 158, I'm 5'9" 185 lbs. I ride this all over the mountain. It take anything you put it through. I love the lifted nose, and with the camber underfoot, It's my favorite.

5 5

Fantastic Board

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this board last season because I am 28yo and I no longer want to hit the park doing 360s and flips. A broken anything will put me on the sidelines and I don't want to miss the action. My style of riding is between the trees, lots of powder, and aggressive turns. It handles like a dream. I am 6'2" and 200lbs and I got the 164cm board. I love the float due to the nose rocker because it allows you to keep your speed when charging though knee deep stuff. The camber between the feet allows you to hold an edge when you have to carve down an icier unexpected path. I am from Arizona but I road it in all conditions at mountains such as Telluride, Snowbowl, Vail, Breck, and Beaver Creek. I highly recommend this board to those who do not wish to hit the park jumps anymore.

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I 'm looking at this for my boyfriend. He is 6'4", 225 pounds. Do you think the board you have would be long enough for him? It sounds like y'all have the same riding style. Thank you

Has anything changed from last year?

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Has anything changed from last year?

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Nothing has changed about this board for the 2013/14 besides the graphics and the only difference there is the color.