The Jones Nomad Pro is available in pre-sized models for your Jones splitboard. This adds value to this mohair mix skin by providing a perfectly pre-cut skin and a secure attachment system.
The tip of the Nomad Pro amidst a stormy backdrop.
The Nomad Pro skins grip well, but they are not a grip specific design. These are good all-around skins that provide ample traction but do not sacrifice other qualities just for grip. When used by an experienced splitboarder, they climb well. On icier or very wet skin tracks, less experienced skinners might struggle a bit more.
Offering a 70% mohair and 30% nylon blend, the Nomad Pro skins are slightly biased towards glide. This formula excelled on dry snow condition days and is preferable on bigger days when the route includes a fair amount of rolling low angle terrain.
Ease of Use
At 500 grams per pair, the Nomad Pro is relatively lightweight and packs well when you're not on your split. The simple design allows for easy rolling or folding into a small package. This is because the Universal kit includes simple tip and tail clips that do not add any bulk.
The universal attachment system requires the user to install the tail clip with rivets, which can take some time and accuracy before you hit the trailhead. For use with Jones Splitboard, a pre-sized model exists for straight to trailhead convenience.
Unless you use rivets in your daily life, this installation may challenge you to learn some new skills. Jones does have a nice video explaining this process, but compared to the pre-attached or simple DIY attachment systems, the setup required for Jones' skins is a much longer process.
The tip connector is a simple, traditional metal loop with a rubber gasket factory sewn to the skin material; this is a time tested design that works fine. As with any tip connector, but especially sewn ones, avoid placing the tip on the split ski and pulling the ski apart in this fashion. This is an easy way to break the tip attachment.
The simple tip attachment of the Nomad Pro enables compact rolling and a secure connection.
The extra and curved skin material at the top requires an attentive application as it is possible for snow to sneak in underneath the skin from near the tip. This snow intrusion can work its way toward the tail and challenge the overall skin adhesion. Few tip connectors even attempt to fix this issue, and those that do provide better performance are not immune to the condition.
The tail clip is simple, secure, and has excellent adjustability.
The Nomad Pro with the tail clip engaged.
The tail on the Quick Tension tail clip is adjustable to allow for fine-tuning and possibly moving the skins between multiple splitboards. As one might expect, Jones skins pair best with a Jones board, as the prong on the connector seats solidly in the notch on Jones's splitboards. The simple tail connection between these skins and Jones' boards is excellent and arguably superior to more complex skin attachments that are designed to fit a range of board shapes.
The tooth of the bracket provides plenty of security thanks to its clearance past the notch.
Glue and Glop
The glue does its job well, and adheres with a strong bond; it was also easy to pull off of the base. On a few cold mornings, when we folded the skin glue back to itself while descending, it was impressively hard to pull apart. The Nomad Pro skins lack a strip of material in the middle of them; often called a skin strip, this ribbon of nylon or plastic reduces the amount of glue available to stick.
Since splitboard skins are so wide, new and fresh glue can be too strong. These strips prevent the new glue from overwhelming the arm strength of the rider in the short term. In the long term, when the glue weakens, due to unavoidable contamination or just the passage of time, removing the strip exposes fresh glue and prolongs the useful life of the skins. The Jones EVER DRY treatment worked well in our testing to prevent glopping under most conditions. The EVERDRY seems as if it's starting to fade as we began to experience wet carpets more frequently than other models.
The beginnings of carpet saturation on the Nomad Pro.
The Nomad Pro costs a premium price relative to the market of mohair and nylon mixed skins. We find it hard to justify, especially when we consider the other options. We would need a Jones' snowboard to consider the Nomad Pros. Then we would lean towards the pre-cut ones that perfectly fit Jones' splitboards, so we can be out on the snow enjoying splitboarding that much faster.
The Jones Nomad Pros offer good glide and impressive grip in a compact, light package. They are a great option for users who are longing for an efficient skin and already own a Jones Splitboard. We wouldn't recommend these skins to new skinners, as they require a solid technique to maximize their traction.