Sometimes I really wonder why companies have so many SKU’s in their line up especially when the boards basically over lap. The idea of the Classics line by Salomon is one of those things I can’t wrap my head around. Sure the boards ride great but is there really a point for that much overlap? Needless to say here’s one of the Classics I’ll post up the regular version in the near future.
Board: Salomon Sabotage Classic
Camber Option: Flat Out Camber. Near as I can tell traditional camber with a fancy name to it or as they say flat profile with camber between the feet.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Icy, firm, sunny, snowing, over cast, bluebird, storm rolling in, you know all the crap that hits Colorado this time of year.
Flex: Slight give under foot with spring loaded tips and a hair past mid flex between the feet.
Stability: Charging around the mountain isn’t an issue when nailing crud. Wouldn’t call it the most stable ride but also not a unstable park board either.
Ollies: Well seeing as it’s best described as traditional camber you know this thing can boost. Load the tips up and let it fly cause you’re going to be soaring over whatever it is you have in front of you.
Pop On Jumps: Just like it is on a roller enough to really let you snap hard and boost.
Butterability: High speed butters are more this decks thing it’s not for those slow speed lean back look at me I’m doing a press cause I don’t know how to pop and land into one people. You know who you are and should be ashamed!
Jibbing: The sweet spot is a little bigger on this deck and once you land in it you’re golden. The board will fight just a bit due to the flex/camber profile but if you know how to ride it’s solid.
Carving: Rip it and grip it without any problems. Short turns were easy as pie to set up and the transition from edge to edge was good. There were a few instances on the early morning sheet ice it wasn’t the best edge hold I’ve ever experienced.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that’s sending jumps and jibbing that still likes the snap of camber.
Personal Thoughts: I think I need to congratulate the marketing team at Salomon they’ve successfully found a way to market traditional camber as something new. This board is fun and gives great snap and response while playing around on the mountain. At speeds it was stable enough to not feel completely out of control as well. Still not sure how I feel about the whole “classic” line seems like just another SKU for a similar board.
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