Jones Explorer

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The name says it all. The new Explorer model from Jones is made for seeking out new lines, whether it's on groomers, in the woods, or way out in the backcountry. "This board was like an attack destroyer cruising the high seas," one tester claimed. Another added, "It had the bruteness to go all over and stomp landings, and the agility of a smaller ship to outmaneuver a foe." More on the freeride spectrum, this directional board has a setback camber profile with rocker in the tips, subtle serrated edges, and new 2mm spoon-shaped bevel in the tip and tail—all of which help it eat up rough conditions and terrain. Given the Jones moniker, this board is slightly more suited to faster, steeper terrain, but it doesn't ride like a dull plank either when you need to get nimble. "It has a well-balanced flex pattern, very able at all speeds. Forgiving, but ready and wants to rail and board wicked hard," is how one tester described it. Another added, "The Explorer ripped large radius turns at high speed and plowed through the afternoon slush with no bouncing or chatter. I'd love to see how this thing plows through pow."

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm)

152 – 7.1 – 24.9
156 – 7.3 – 25.2
158W – 7.5 – 26.2
159 – 7.5 – 25.4
161W – 7.7 – 26.4
162 – 7.9 – 25.6
164W – 8.1 – 26.6

Flex: 6/10

Camber: Positive camber outside the inserts, rocker at the tips with more in the nose than in the tail.

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of
the board's flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circle, the sidecut radius would be the distance between the direct center of that circle and its rim, in meters. A board with a deeper sidecut would have a smaller radius and would generally make tighter turns. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $479.00
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All Mountain




152, 156, 158W, 159, 161W, 162, 164W


Positive camber outside inserts. Rocker in the tips with more in the nose than in the tail.



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Tester Quote: “Equally able to butter the muffin and gut the deer. A destroyer with a soft side.”

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Good Wood


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Tester Quote: “Equally able to butter the muffin and gut the deer. A destroyer with a soft side.”

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