Jones Snowboards Solution Splitboard Review

Snowboarders have always enjoyed seeking out secret stashes of powder. But previous generations had to use snowmobiles (noisy and expensive), helicopters (even more noisey, even more expensive) or snowshoes (slow and cumbersome) to get into the backcountry. In recent years however splitboards (boards which split in half to form two touring skis) have changed all of that.

Jeremy Jones has arguably done more than any other rider to popularise splitboarding, both with his groundbreaking documentary trilogy Deeper (2009), Further (2012) and Higher (2014), and with Jones Snowboards, the backcountry-focussed brand he founded in 2009.

The Solution is the company’s main split model, having been part of their range since that first year. It’s designed to be an all-rounder, equally at home tackling tight turns on tree runs as it is straight-lining down high alpine couloirs. Jeremy himself describes it as his “one board quiver,” explaining: “I love riding different boards, but when it comes time to travel, it’s a no-brainer. The Solution is going in the bag.”

“All Jones boards are made in the Nidecker factory in Switzerland, so the build quality is exceptional – they’re tough as well as well-designed.”

Boasting a directional twin shape and a setback stance, this board has a nose that’s longer than the tail, meaning it floats easily in even the fluffiest powder. This is complemented by the board’s profile shape, which combines camber between the feet (for extra stability) with rocker at the tip and tail.

Set the board on the ground and you’ll be able to see this very obviously – the nose has a pronounced rise, which again helps it float without you having to put too much weight on your back leg. Unlike some powder boards however, you can ride this switch. The tail isn’t a swallowtail, so if you’re going backwards, it won’t dig in too easily.

Like all the boards in the Jones range, the edges have the ‘mellow magne-traction’ wave to them. This works in the same way as a serrated bread knife to help the board grip on frozen ice and hard-packed snow.

The board splits and goes back together easily, thanks to the Karakorum clip system now used on all Jones boards. While they haven’t changed a lot since last year’s Solution model (operating on the principle of “if it ain’t broke, why fix it”) the new boltless bridge is a welcome addition. It means the bolts of the Karakorum clips are no longer exposed on the base and so are less prone to rusting or ripping out on rocks.

All Jones boards are made in the Nidecker factory in Switzerland, so the build quality is exceptional – they’re tough as well as well-designed – and there’s a large variety of lengths available, including wide models for riders with big feet.

While there are more expensive splitboard models on the market (not least the superlight carbon fibre version of this model) this excellent all-rounder is about as close as you’ll get to a gold standard.

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