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Jones Explorer
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award 
Price $335.93 at REI
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Pros Great value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphicFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, quiver killer (park or pow), playful, nimble
Cons Can slip on hardbackTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatTop sheet scratches easyCan slip on hard-pack, hard to maintain long radius turns on heels, challenging to size
Bottom Line Industry leading value; we're certain of thatIf we could only buy one, this would be itBlow past your friends with this lightweight modelHigh performance embedded with a consistently playful charterSwiss army knife of snowboards
Rating Categories Jones Explorer Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two United Shapes Cadet Ride Warpig
Edging (25%)
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Float In Powder (20%)
8
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7
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Stability At Speed (20%)
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Playfulness (20%)
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Pop And Jumping (15%)
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Specs Jones Explorer Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... United Shapes Cadet Ride Warpig
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Directional Rocker
Flex Stiff Stiff Soft-Medium Medium Medium
Weight 6.44 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.2 (lb)
Tested Length 159cm 151cm 157 156cm 151cm
Available Lengths 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm 151, 154, 157cm 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm 142, 148, 151, 154, 158cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25.4cm 26.6cm 26.3 25.6cm 26.5cm
Radius 7.5m 6.5m 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5m 5.4/6.5m
Taper 0mm 6m 0 20mm 10mm
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