2012 Salomon Mans Board Used and Reviewed
How do you effectively write a preface to a review about a board that’s simply named The Mans Board? It’s a harrowing question when you think about all you could write to encompass the manliness of a piece of wood that only men of the manliest variety could ride. So the real question is are you man enough to read this review?
Board: Salomon The Mans Board
Camber Option: Cam-rocker. Camber between the feet and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Salomon Cheifs
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
Conditions: Spring sunshine with about a half a foot of fresh powder that was on the heavy wet side then the mid day park laps in the best park in North America.
Preconceived Notions: It’s a Mans Board not to be confused with a Womens Board.
Flex: Stiff this is a board that takes work to muscle it around. There’s a bit of torsional give between the feet but over all the board is designed for hard charging that demands you always give it all your attention. The tips even though they are rockered are still stiff.
Stability: Insanely stable in pow, chunder, chop, groomers, and trees. This board is meant for hard charging, fast riding, and real manly stuff like riding over that Sasquatch Harry Henderson!
Ollies/Pop: This board wasn’t overly poppy it just sort of got the job done but let me wanting more.
Butterability: It’s a mans board and hence you have to really put the effort in to pressing this thing on the snow.
Cruising: Whether railing deep hard charging turns on heavy Northwest style snow or on freshly groomed corduroy this board gripped well. There was never a time when it just felt like the edge wouldn’t hold.
Jibbing: Takes a lot more work to get a good proper press out of this thing but it’s doable probably if I had another 30lbs on me I could have.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wakes up in the morning, goes out and kills the pig he eats for bacon, chokes a chicken till eggs shoot out its bum, and then cooks the manliest breakfast ever. Afterwards he’ll trim his beard and then go shred his face off while listening to only the loudest metal music on the planet. No seriously though it’s not a board for the feint of heart so bring the A game.
Personal Thoughts: I honestly think it’s too much board for me and what I’d use it for. If the flex was softened up a hair it might be something more I’d be interested in.
What They Say: The pop of bamboo and the bomb-proof strength of basalt; The Man’s Board with ABC Green Roll Construction is a backcountry bully, with the biggest balls in the room. A quick-turning shape, perfectly balanced with Cross profile for stable response and rock solid landing and take-off tracking. Step back, step up – or step aside, and let Bode and Taka show you how it’s done. FEATURED ARTIST: DAVE BANKS Dave worships Batman, almost never wakes up before 2pm (except to go snowboarding) and lives on a strict diet of pizza, Cheetos, chocolate milk and beer.
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