Jones Men's Hovercraft 2018 / 2019 Snowboard

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THE POWDER BOARD THAT SLAYS GROOMERS

The Hovercraft made its first appearance in the original three board range that heralded the arrival of Jones snowboards way back in 2009. Back then it was a complete revelation; nobody had ever made a board that rode powder so well but still killed it on groomers. The fact that nearly ten years later the Hovercraft can still turn even the most serious snowboarder into a gibbering fool after just one run is a testament to just how right Jones got this board in the first place. Blending a unique powder friendly nose with the heart of an alpine board and a playful more forgiving construction, Jones create a unique and addictive riding experience. Whether you're bashing backcountry tree runs or charging hardpacked groomers, the Hovercraft will totally blow your mind.

Rider Style
Intermediate to Expert riders who are looking for a grin-inducing piste board that rules in the pow.

Shape Overview
The Hovercrafts unique directional shape is the result of an improbable mating of two very different snowboard design philosophies that combine to create one revolutionary snowboard shape. The front of the board features an extended blunt tip nose shape featuring extended contact points. This innovative design gives unrivalled lift and float in deep snow. From the contact point's back, the Hovercraft changes tact and becomes a far more piste orientated machine. With a shorter stiffer tail and tight radius sidecut, featuring the Multi-Contact Traction Tech 2 Sidecut, you get a far more robust and stable feel on piste combined with drive and power out the back of the board.

Profile
The Hovercraft utilises Jones's freeride specific Directional Rocker profile. This features an extended rocker zone at the nose that matches the boards more extended nose profile. This then blends into a set-back camber running from the ends of the contact points into the short low profile rocker at the tail. This profile allows the board to float effortlessly in deep snow while still delivering a powerful and dynamic ride on hardpack terrain. The shorter rocker at the tail when combined with the stiffer flex helps create a more responsive and stable feel at the back of the board while increasing power out the end of the turn.

3D Contour Base 4.0
The Hovercrafts 4.0 Spooned base is the most powder focussed version of Jones's innovative base profile. Featuring 7mm of spoon bevel in the nose, 4mm in the tail and a 1mm deep Speed Channel between the tail edges. Concave Speed Channel pushes loose snow out from under the board for added speed.

Construction
It's what's inside the Hovercraft that has been the key to its stunning success. It would have been all too easy to pack it full of tech and make it a real powerhouse of a board, but thankfully Jones didn't go that route. Instead, and in a stroke of genius they decided to give it a more mellow playful ride, and it's this that makes the Hovercraft such a fantastic board. Heading this up is the durable Classic core, constructed from premium poplar, it creates a soft flexing board without compromising strength and durability. To this, Jones then add structural layers formed from bi-ax glass. It's these torsionally more forgiving layers that give the Hovercraft that unique playful and effortless performance that makes this board so unique. However, don't think the Hovercraft is a noodle, thanks to the bamboo veneer top sheet it's also got a whole load of life in there. So, it might be smooth and easy to ride, but push it a little harder, and it's going to blow your mind.

What type of base does it have?
If you're going to ride fast, then you'll need a great base. Thankfully the Hovercraft doesn't disappoint as Jones fit it with a high quality 7000 sintered base. This durable base material features added carbon for speed and excellent wax absorbency.

Additional information

Length

Waist Width

Sidecut

Taper

Effective Edge

Tip Length

Tail Length

Ref Stance

Centred Stance

Setback

Weight Range

152

25.4cm

8.9m

1.1cm

119.1cm

39.4cm

15.5cm

56cm

54cm

2.9cm

110-160lbs / 49-73kg

156

26cm

9.3m

1.1cm

122.5cm

40cm

15.5cm

58cm

56cm

2.9cm

130-180lbs / 59-82kg

160

26.4cm

9.5m

1.1cm

125.7cm

40.4cm

15.9cm

60cm

58cm

2.9cm

160-210lbs / 73-95kg

164

26.8cm

10m

1.1cm

128.9cm

40.8cm

16.3cm

60cm

58cm

2.9cm

170-220+lbs / 77-100+kg

  • Traction Tech 2.0
  • Progressive Sidecut
  • Directional Shape
  • Blunt Nose
  • Spoon 4.0
  • Stiffness 7/10
  • V Core
  • Directional Flex
  • Classic Core
  • Bi-Ax Glass
  • Bamboo Veneer
  • Sintered 7000 Base
  • Bamboo Veneer Top Sheet
  • Oversized Recycled Edges
  • Recycled Black ABS
  • Wend Natural Wax
  • Factory Tuned
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