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Jones Explorer: Opinions?

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Thinking about buying my first board, in the past I've put up with rentals but I've had enough of that.

I'm an intermediate "Sunday driver", not into tricks and prefer cruising, if there is powder I'll happily spend the whole day off piste..

I'm thinking of this in 161W, I'm 6ft1 and about 90kg: https://www.viladomat.com/fitxaesport/AD/es_ES/explorer/jones+snowboards/380334/1021/4/0/0

Any opinions / alternatives?
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Explorer sits between the Flagship and the Mountain Twin in the Jones range in terms of stiffness and . Great board, v.popular, but ask yourself why are you going for this one rather than the Flagship? It's a better freestyle board than the Flagship, it's a better mountain/powder board than the Twin...

If you go for it don't forget you'll want a medium stiff/stiff binding and reasonably firm boots too to get the best out of it.
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@richard There is about a Ä120 price jump to the flagship...and my budget is about Ä550 inc bindings

What bindings would you recommend for the Explorer?
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I'd look at Burton Cartels or the Union Force or Atlas bindings.
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It's a nice board. Demoed it but went with a mountain twin in the end as a daily driver. Have other boards for powder and bombing groomers, but the MT is pretty good in powder too.

The flagship is quite stiff and likes going quick. I'll probably pick one up at some point but not sure I would want it as a daily driver for busy/slower groomers.

Have ridden the MT with Union Force MC's and Now Drives. Goes fine with both, although prefer the Now Drives on it for all day use in choppy snow.
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Thinking about the Salomon Super 8 now...

Can anyone help in figuring out the difference between these 2 models?

https://www.alpinstore.com/es/esqui-tabla-de-snowboard/snowboard/snowboard/alpino/97952-snowboard-loc-salomon-snowboard-super-8-rtl.html

https://www.alpinstore.com/es/esqui-tabla-de-snowboard/snowboard/snowboard/alpino/97662-snowboard-salomon-snowboard-super-8.html
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Ah, is RTL -> rental?
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https://www.salomon.com/uk/product/super-8.html?article=399248

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I have a rental version of the Salomon Derby, it doesn't have the pointy tips but is otherwise the same and it cost £120 from SnowInn, great board.
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Went for the Jones Explorer in the end, took it out for the first time yesterday into some new snow and I love it!

It doesn't feel very fast but it's super stable and forgiving, on piste carving is a dream with it, and it absolutely floats on powder, no fear of getting stuck anywhere...

As an aside steer clear of Alpinestore above, I originally ordered a board from them but they never had it, time wasters


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+1 for Now bindings if you can get hold of them, even second hand. They are worth it.

Also got a Mammutt rucksack from Apinstore fine with no problems, took about a week to ship but great communication and price. Saved £20 on the UK price including postage.
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@mrvinegar, how was the explorer overall? would you recommend it?
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@gainz Yeah I love it ! Iím no expert but for on piste carving and off piste powder itís awesome . Doesnít feel very fast but itís super stable . You do need hard bindings to get the most out of it though as mentioned above, my bindings are a bit entry level and the responsiveness could be better for quick turns
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@mrvinegar, thanks I think I'll pull the trigger on one too.
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