This was the first board I’ve ever ridden from Jones. I was told I would love the Flagship, but just had them give me something of their choosing. What I was sent out on was the Jones Project X. The Project X is a carbon fiber board meant to be as light as possible. It definitely is one of the lightest boards I have ever had in my hands and it definitely rides like you would expect a carbon fiber board to ride.
Bindings: Union Force
Shape: Camber to just before contact points where it goes into a slight Jones Spoon shape.
Stance: 15/-18 and 23″ wide.
Rider Size: 6′ 180lbs
Conditions: Mid Day Hard Pack
Flex: This is the stiffest board I have ever ridden. Stiff lengthwise, torsional stiffness like no other, it’s just a stiff board. Oddly Jones calls it a 8/10 and I don’t want to ride what ever their 10/10 is. I think I would have done better if it was a 154. The only way I could properly de-camber it was by hop turning.
Pop: If you can bend it, it has pop for days. In the hop turns this thing threw me from edge to edge which made it super fun while I had the legs to ride it. If you can snap it up over the rollers, it will launch you.
Playfulness: This is not this boards strong suite. It can revert and it can jump rollers, but it’s build to hug the snow. It rode like a high speed rocket sled and the edges of the board are the rails that guide you.
Handling: This is where the Project X really starts to shine. It handles like a super car on steroids. Super stable when riding flat, super stable when making hard carves, super stable in the landings. I think you’re starting to get the point.
Overall: If you have the weight or the power to bend this thing, it’s a great ride. The only way I could bend it properly is through the hop turns I mentioned earlier. If you want something that performs like an Apline board but don’t want to give up the soft boots, this is your rig. It definitely rips, but I really had to work for it. It took enough out of me that my legs wouldn’t ride another board properly until I had lunch.