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Jones Airheart

- published April 2016

90

2016

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
8
Float
7
Versatility
8
Edge Hold
9
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
90

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THE GOOD

  • Lightweight and poppy
  • Great handling and precision at speed
  • Fun for carving all mountain terrain

THE BAD

  • Not a one-board quiver
  • Moderate float

THE VERDICT

The Airheart is Jones Snowboards answer to traditional camber, but with an innovative design for maximum responsiveness and precision.

FULL REVIEW

The Airheart is women’s version of Jones Snowboards top selling Aviator, but made with a slightly softer flex for a lighter weight rider. 

Handling 
The Airheart utilizes Jones Snowboards power camber design that tapers to flat at the tip and tail. With beveled tip and tail at the contact points and the new 2.0 spoon technology, the Airheart offers the responsive and precision of a full-cambered board but easier to handle than a traditional design. It handles speed and variable terrain better than most boards in the test. 

Pop + Energy 
It’s a medium flex snowboard that utilizes carbon stringers for torsional stiffness and increased pop. It is a fun and lively board with plenty of backbone for riding fast while still feeling playful. 

Float 
It’s not the best powder board in the test, but the slight spoon nose makes it handle fluffy snow better than traditional camber boards. Size up for powder, or set the bindings back. 

Versatility 
The Airheart rides variable terrain well, is fun carving on groomers, and is at home riding the mountain top to bottom at high speeds. It is a versatile board, but is best considered as an addition to the quiver, not a one-board-does-all. 

Edge Hold 
The traditional camber from tip to tail gives some of the best edge response of any boards in the test. The board seems at home straight lining from the top of the mountain and likes carving big turns.  

Sustainability/Craftsmanship 
This board features recycled ABS sidewalls and recycled edges and Eco top sheet made from castor beans. Built in Austria, the Airheart utilizes carbon layers for increased durability. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this board goes to 1% for the planet and Protect Our Winters. Jones Snowboards fights climate change with a rainforest reforestation initiative and donated enough money to plant nearly 400 trees last year. 

How We Tested It

The boards in this test were used inbounds and off-piste over advanced terrain in variable snow conditions at Mammoth Mountain.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle is an outdoors and adventure writer who lives at 8,000 feet in Mammoth Lakes, California.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$869.99
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
8
Float
7
Versatility
8
Edge Hold
9
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
90

Specs

  • Length(s): 146, 149, 152 cm
  • Gender: Women's

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