You can't go wrong with a Jones board for the backcountry built by Nidecker and the quality is exceptional. The Flagship is a superb board. It flies like a rocket in any conditions. Super stable at speed on hardpack or in deep powder. I have the gen one Flagship and when it eventually dies I will be replacing it with the modern version of exactly the same board. The Hovercraft is essentially a Flagship with the tail cut off to me its the snowboarding equivalent of the Shinn Speedball.dt73775 wrote:I've got the Hammock with Cartels.. completely different animal...It's a super deep pow board and I only used it once last season just to see how it feels. It was a really dry season in Tahoe so i wasn't able to put it to the test , but just on the groomers that i took it , it was a real bitch to ride. Board keeps trying to wash out from under you if there is no powder to scrub on.
I hear its an awesome pow board, but i haven't had enough snow to test it...The problem I am thinking with the Hammock is that it excels in deep pow, but how do you get back to the lift. The guy who designed it had a helicopter waiting for him at the bottom. The minute you hit groomed snow, you will feel really loose and have to kick the back out to make it turn, IT WILL NOT EDGE WHATSOEVER...DO NOT TRY.
I got it coz my other 2 boards ( Vapor and Custom X ) are pure camber boards and suck in deep pow
From other reviews, I Heard that the Jones board ( Flagship or Hovercraft - don't remember) are pretty good too.
FYI: I don't think the Hammock has Magna Traction , I think the next model "Speedodeeps" has it ,
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