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Jones Twin Sister Review

A solid all-around board but we wished it had a bit more edge hold
Jones Twin Sister
Photo: Jones
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Price:  $500 List
Pros:  Great float, tons of pop
Cons:  Not the best edge hold, could be more playful
Manufacturer:   Jones
By Marissa Fox ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 13, 2019
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RANKED
#6 of 13
  • Edge Hold - 25% 7
  • Powder Performance - 20% 9
  • Stability - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 20% 8
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Jones Twin Sister is a solid all-mountain board that's fast and stable. It's great at carving and is even quite fun in the park, but it isn't the best board for jibbing. The Twin Sister also holds its own in powder and is a very well-rounded and versatile board. Its flex makes it more of an intermediate to advanced board, but other than that, we didn't find any reason to dislike this board; there were just a few boards that narrowly outperformed it to claim the awards.

Product Updates

Jones overhauled the Twin Sister since we tested it. Learn about the updates below.

January 2021

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Pros Great float, tons of popFantastic all-around board, great in powderUnmatched pop, great edge hold, supremely stableWell-rounded, great edge-to-edge transition, fastGreat value, supremely stable at high speeds
Cons Not the best edge hold, could be more playfulNot the best beginner boardNot the best board for powderNot the best for jibbingNot as much pop as other boards
Bottom Line Fast and stable but it occasionally slipped out on icy patchesThis is one of our absolute favorite all-mountain boardsEarning one of the top scores we have seen to date, we highly recommend this boardIf you have an aggressive riding style and want a board that can shred the entire mountain, this is a great choiceA top-notch all-mountain board without a premium price
Rating Categories Jones Twin Sister Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice Never Summer Lady West GNU Klassy
Edge Hold (25%)
7
9
9
9
8
Powder Performance (20%)
9
9
8
9
8
Stability (20%)
8
9
9
9
9
Playfulness (20%)
8
9
9
8
8
Pop And Jumping (15%)
8
9
10
8
8
Specs Jones Twin Sister Yes. Hel Yes -... Gnu Ladies Choice Never Summer Lady... GNU Klassy
Shape Directional Twin Directional Twin Asymmetrical Directional Twin Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Fusion Rocker Camber Hybrid
Flex 6/10 7/10 4/10 3-5/10 6.5/10
Tested Length 149 155 148.5 153 155
Measured Weight (Tested Length) 5.7 lbs. 5.4 lbs. 5.6 lbs. 5.8 lbs. 6.2 lbs.
Available Lengths 139, 143, 146, 149, 152, 155 146, 149, 152, 155 142.5, 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5 144, 147, 149, 151, 153, 156 145, 148, 151, 155
Core Material Power wood core Poplar, paulownia, and bamboo wood Aspen, Colombian Gold, and poulownia wood NS SuperLight Wood Core Aspen and paulownia wood
Waist Width 24.2 cm 24.4 cm 24.2 cm 24 cm 24.7 cm
Radius 7.2 7.3 8.2/7.9 7.42 8

Our Analysis and Test Results

Twin Sister Updates


Since our test cycle, the Twin Sister was revised with updated graphics and a redesigned shape with a more blunt tip to reduce weight. They've also added Traction Tech 3.0 edge and 3D Contour Base 2.0 technology, updates designed to help you edge better on firm snow and make turning easier. Jones has also updated their Sintered 8000 base for this board. Below, compare the updated model in the first photo to the version we tested in the second photo.

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We are linking to the updated board, but be aware that the review below tells our account of an older version of the Twin Sister.

Hands-On Review of the Twin Sister


The Twin Sister is a well-rounded and versatile board.
The Twin Sister is a well-rounded and versatile board.
Photo: David Wise

Edge Hold


The Jones Twin Sister got off to a fairly good start in ou edge hold test. We rode the Jones in all sorts of conditions, awarding points based on how well it grabbed in ice, hardpack, and choppy conditions, which constitutes 25% of the final score.

The Twin Sister is a great all around board, but not our favorite...
The Twin Sister is a great all around board, but not our favorite for icy steeps.
Photo: David Wise

This board does a good job at biting into most snow types, but we did feel it slip quite a few times on ice and hardpack snow, especially on steeper terrain.

The Twin Sister wasn't our favorite board for edge hold.
The Twin Sister wasn't our favorite board for edge hold.
Photo: David Wise

Powder Performance


Next, we scored the performance of the Twin Sister in powder, which comprises 20% of its overall score. We found this board to have excellent float. The Twin Sister is tons of fun to ride in powder and feels like it will float over almost anything. It's one of the lightest boards in the review, and its camber-rocker-camber profile raises the nose in deeper snow, giving it a cruisey and fun ride when you are in the freshies.

The Twin Sister scored well in stability testing.
The Twin Sister scored well in stability testing.
Photo: David Wise

Stability


Our next metric is the exact opposite of our previous one but also accounts for 20% of the score. For this test, we took the Twin Sister down the steepest groomers we could find, seeing if it developed any unsettling speed wobbles or started chattering. It did quite well.

The Twin Sister is stable and wants to go fast.
The Twin Sister is stable and wants to go fast.
Photo: David Wise

This snowboard wants to go fast and is very stable. It never exhibited any sort of instability except at racing speeds on the steepest slopes. The Twin Sister is a ton of fun to carve with and is a great edge to edge, making it a good choice for intermediate to advanced riders who want an all-mountain board that can bomb groomers with ease.

The Twin Sister delivers a relatively fun, surfy ride.
The Twin Sister delivers a relatively fun, surfy ride.
Photo: David Wise

Playfulness


Following stability, we moved on to ranking and scoring how much fun the Twin Sister is to ride — how responsive it is, its maneuverability, and how it flexes, as well as how it did in the park. This accounts for 20% of the Jones' overall score. This board isn't our first choice for jibbing, but it does deliver a relatively fun, surfy ride. It is on the stiffer side, so it isn't as flexible or responsive as some of the softer boards.

Pop and Jumping


For our final series of tests, we awarded points based on the amount of pop each board has and how well it did off jumps and lips, which accounts for the residual 15% of the overall score. The Twin Sister is a stiffer board that doesn't have a huge amount of pop. The Twin Sister has a decent amount of pop, but the stiffer flex makes the landings a bit rough.

Value


The Twin Sister is an alright value, pairing an average price with an average performance.

Conclusion


Overall, the Jones Twin Sister is a decent board that won't disappoint. This board is a fantastic option for playing around in the powder or in the trees, but its so-so edge hold doesn't exactly inspire confidence when screaming down steep groomers or icy terrain. It's a solid all-mountain board at a reasonable price, but you might want to be a little more cautious on steep and icy terrain.

Marissa Fox