– The Jones Ultracraft Solid is a board I’ve been waiting patiently for for 3 years… and it was worth it. Jones snowboards used to produce a special board each year in very limited numbers hat was exclusively found at a handful of stores around the world like ours. These boards were typically a showcase of Jones’ top-shelf tech and came with a heathy (albeit justifiable) price tag. A few years ago they introduced the Ultracraft Split. Based on the legendary Hovercraft, the Ultracraft used a special core construction that earned it bragging rights as one of the lightest splitboards ever made. It shares the shape, bend profile, and surfboard-like float of the Hovercraft but cuts the weight by 25%! I was fortunate enough to get an Ultracraft Split back then, and I’ve been asking Jones to build a solid version ever since.
The wait is over, but I actually got more than I asked for. Jones built the all new Ultracraft Solid to be ideally suited for its given purpose… rather than use the Ultra Construction to shave weight like they did on the Split version they wisely tailored the Ultracraft solid using the best materials with the intention of creating the smoothest, quickest, and most capable deck in the Hovercraft family. This makes perfect sense as the weight savings is key for the splitboard, but not essential in a resort board. In contrast to the traditional Hovercraft, the Ultracraft also adds carbon stringers that enhance pop and response as well as the film topsheet that reduces weight in an eco-friendly way.
For anyone who is familiar with the Hovercraft, this new offering is a substantial upgrade to what is arguably the most versatile pow board ever made. I expect to be riding my Ultracraft Solid more days than not this season… What’s in your quiver? See you at the ‘Haus!
2016 Jones Ultracraft Solid ($599)