Jones Mothership (2012-13) ReviewDecember 17, 2012
- Fast on steeps
- Effortless in wide-open terrain
- A stable ride
- Damp enough to smooth uneven snow
- Ultra stiff
- Sluggish response
- Difficult to maneuver in tight terrain
- Slow in flats
The Mothership felt at home in just one place: bombing down wide-open bowls of deep, fluffy powder. This board is a tank: damp, stable, with sidecut meant for ripping gigantic turns. However, unlike the men’s version of this board (the Flagship), the Mothership was unusually stiff and hard to maneuver anywhere besides big bowls. It felt more like a miniaturized version of the men’s board, not one built specifically for women.
This is the female version of the Jones Flagship—a board that has earned high marks throughout the years for its breadth at tackling the entire mountain.
With a stiffness that topped the scales, the Mothership was a bear to maneuver, making tight trees worrisome and edge-to-edge transitions nothing to be lazy about. Review forms were littered with comments about a sluggish response, clunky feel and an inability to turn easily.
One tester found the board felt energetic in the pipe, but most testers—advanced riders who will try almost anything—were terrified to put the Mothership through the spin cycle. Because of its torsional and tip-to-tail stiffness, all agreed this board should stay as close to the ground as possible.
Versatility in All Types of Snow
The Mothership shined most on powder. It plowed deep snow like a snow cat and turned with ease. And while it steamrolled chunk and crud, the Mothership’s lack of edge-to-edge responsiveness makes this a less versatile board for true all-mountain conditions.
If you’re channeling your inner Jeremy Jones and hiking the steepest and deepest lines you can find, the Mothership’s stiffness will aid you well. This board would really shine on the kind of big Alaskan lines that you see in your dreams, but never at a resort. Everywhere else (that’s not served by helicopter), the stiffness kills the board’s ability to turn.
Our two cents: A little less stiffness would give riders the same flying-high feeling in bowls while adding versatility to the board’s repertoire. The trend in women’s boards throughout the industry in the last two years has been to lessen the bulletproof stiffness that had trickled down from men’s boards; the Mothership should follow suit.
Thanks to a rockered nose and stable platform, the Mothership keeps from nosediving or getting squirrelly on anything deep and fluffy. While most testers agreed the board floated pretty well, some were hoping for more float since that’s what it was built for. Another bummer, the extra-lift in the nose made it flop around when cruising down groomers to get back to the lift.
There’s no question this is a high quality board, though it comes in at a whopping $530—the high end for women’s boards. That brings our value rating right into the middle—you get a lot of quality for your buck, but you’ve got to drop a lot of buck to get it. Unless you’re a ripping snowboarder whose chasing lines most of us only dream about or drool over in movies, save your money and opt for something with more versatility.