Jones Twin Sister Review
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|Pros||Great float, tons of pop||Fantastic all-around board, great in powder||Unmatched pop, great edge hold, supremely stable||Cool graphics, fun for freestyle riding||Fast, fun to ride|
|Cons||Not the best edge hold, could be more playful||Not the best beginner board||Not the best board for powder||Not our favorite powder board||Not the best edge hold, struggles to float on the deepest days|
|Bottom Line||A solid all-around board but we wished it had a bit more edge hold||If you want the best of the best all-mountain board, it’s hard to find a better option||Earning the highest honor, it did exceptionally well in all our tests||If you want a fun freestyle board that can rip across the entire mountain, this is a good option||A twin board for aggressive riders but definitely isn’t for everyone|
|Rating Categories||Jones Twin Sister||Yes. Hel Yes - Women's||Gnu Ladies Choice||Lib Tech No. 43||Capita Birds of a F...|
|Edge Hold (25%)|
|Powder Performance (20%)|
|Pop and Jumping (15%)|
|Specs||Jones Twin Sister||Yes. Hel Yes - Women's||Gnu Ladies Choice||Lib Tech No. 43||Capita Birds of a F...|
|Shape||Directional Twin||Directional Twin||Asymmetrical||Freestyle Twin||True Twin|
|Measured Weight (Tested Length)||5.7 lbs.||5.4 lbs.||5.6 lbs.||5.2 lbs.||5.6 lbs.|
|Available Lengths||140, 143, 146, 149, 152, 155||146, 149, 152, 155||142.5, 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5||146, 149, 152||140, 142, 144, 146, 148, 150, 152, 154|
|Core Material||Paulownia and poplar wood||Poplar, paulownia, and bamboo wood||Aspen, Colombian Gold, and paulownia wood||Aspen and paulownia wood||P2 Superlight Core|
|Waist Width||24.4 cm||24.4 cm||24.2 cm||23.9 cm||24.4 cm|
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 models side by side; the version from our test period is shown on the left, followed by the most recent model on the right. 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 Jones Twin Sister got off to a fairly good start in our 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Twin Sister is an alright value, pairing an average price with an average performance.
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.
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