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Jones Nomad PRO Review

A efficient skin that should appeal to Jones users.
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Price:  $250 List | $249.95 at REI
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Pros:  Lightweight, efficient, packable, good climbing ability
Cons:  Expensive, difficult tale installation, no rip strip
Manufacturer:   Jones Snowboards
By Isaac Laredo & David Reichel  ⋅  Nov 26, 2019
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  • Glide - 25% 7
  • Grip - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6
  • Attachment System - 15% 7
  • Glue Icing Glop - 20% 6

Our Verdict

You don't have to be a "Pro" to benefit from the Jones Nomad Pro skins, but they do reward users with some skinning experience. The mohair nylon mix gives a good ratio of grip to glide for intermediate and advanced users, but perhaps not ideal for brand new skinners. These skins are relatively light and fold or roll very efficiently. If you own a modern Jones splitboard, you might consider the Nomad Pro with the Quick Tension Tail clips. These clips come attached, and you can buy the perfect sized skin that matches your Jones splitboard. This skin is best for people that have a Jones splitboard and are looking to harvest the benefits of mohair in a packable offering.

New Graphics

The Nomad Pro has a new pattern on the bottom of the skin, but otherwise, this product is the same as the model we tested initially. See the updated pattern on the image above.

November 2019


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Pros Lightweight, efficient, packable, good climbing abilityAll-purpose, good ratio of grip to glide, camming tail clip, easy to align tip clipSecure and easy attachment system, efficient skinning, compact storageGood glide, rolls and folds small, robust adhesiveBeefy skins with great grip, durable, excellent attachment system,
Cons Expensive, difficult tale installation, no rip stripAwkward foldingAdequate grip, awkward foldsHave to install tip clip, have to trim tip for added glide, small range of size adjustmentsBulky, slow, inefficient, tough to pack
Bottom Line A efficient skin that should appeal to Jones users.Great grip to glide ratio in a user-friendly package.Great skins for proficient skinners who know they want an efficient skin for big days.Straightforward and streamlined performance.Great skins for beginner splitboarders who want all the help they can get ascending.
Rating Categories Jones Nomad PRO G3 Splitboard+ Universal G3 Splitboard+ Glide GlideLite Splitboard Mix STS G3 Splitboard+ Grip
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Specs Jones Nomad PRO G3 Splitboard+... G3 Splitboard+ Glide GlideLite... G3 Splitboard+ Grip
Measured Weight Per Pair 1.10 lbs 1.23 lbs 1.23 lbs 1.43 lbs 1.28 lbs
Tip Attachment Universal metal tip clip Asymmetrical steel nads Asymmetrical steel hands Coated Cable Asymmetrical steel hands
Tail Attachment Universal tail clip or board-specific quick tension tail clip Camming Tail Clip Camming Tail Clip STS Camming Tail Clip
Manufacturer Jones G3 G3 Black Diamond G3
Weight Per Pair 500 g 560 g 560 g 650 g 580 g
Weight Per Skin 250 g 280 g 280 g 325 g 290 g
Material 70% Mohair, 30% Nylon Nylon plush Nylon plush 65% mohair and 35% nylon Nylon plush
Glue Traditional Non-toxic adhesive Non-toxic adhesive BD Gold Label Non-toxic adhesive
Precut Option? Yes No No No No
Bag Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cheat Sheets Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.

Performance Comparison


The tip of the Jones Nomad Pro Skins amidst a stormy backdrop
The tip of the Jones Nomad Pro Skins amidst a stormy backdrop

Grip


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.

Glide


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. This 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.
The universal attachment system requires the user to install the tail clip with rivets. This 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.

Attachment System


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 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 tail clip is simple, secure and has excellent adjustability.

The Jones Nomad Pro with the tail clip engaged.
The Jones 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.
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 Jones Nomad Pro.
The beginnings of carpet saturation on the Jones Nomad Pro.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.


Isaac Laredo & David Reichel