2013 Salomon Salomonder Used and Reviewed

What could be better than a bearded tranny with it’s tits flapping in the breeze on roller blades? Well probably a slew of things like a unicorn or something majestic like that. But being that this is the board of choice for the Salomon jib team the graphics just go wherever they want. Question will you be able to ride like Jed or Chris when on this stunt stick?

Board: Salomon Salomonder

Size: 154

Camber Option: Flat.

Bindings: Raiden Phantoms

Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy

Boots: K2 UFO Size 10

My Weight: 165

Resort: Keystone and Breckenridge

Conditions: Sunny spring laps in a mix of firm to slushy snow as the day went on.

Flex: Not stupid soft but definitely a ways below mid park flex. Slightly more stable and stiff under foot but with a fair amount of give in the tips and between the bindings.

Stability: Well outside the park I wouldn’t expect too much.

Ollies: There’s snap for urban features and off rollers maybe even the occasional fence ollie.

Pop On Jumps: Small to medium sized jumps are best with this deck. Over all it’s do able but not something to expect a lot snap when loading the tail up.

Butterability: This and jibbing are what this deck is made for. Flat blunt shape with zero camber and a soft park flex what more could you ask for? Bend, twist, tweak, flex, etc. etc. it’s all there.

Jibbing: The flat camber coupled with the blunt tips gives an amazing sweet spot for locking into presses. The softer flex with the flat camber allows sliding metal and plastic perfect with minimal hang ups.

Carving: Equilizer on a flat board locks in exceptionally well for carves. The softer flex though won’t lend itself to Euro carving a jib board. Think of it like there’s enough edge hold to pop off edge on a lip or carve between park features but not enough to rail hard turns all day long.

Rider in Mind: Well besides Jed Anderson the jib kid hitting small jumps. Those of you riding small resorts might like this deck for playing around.

Personal Thoughts: For jibbing and playing around in the park this boards a lot of fun. Anywhere else it might be a little less than what I personally would ride. The blunt tip shape is awesome for pressing and one I prefer on all boards. Over all fun deck but not something I would probably own.

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8 Comments

  1. Billy says:

    How does this board compare to the Rome Artifact Rocker?

  2. It’s softer and not as poppy in my opinion.

  3. Billy says:

    Cheers Angry.
    How does the Artifact rocker compare to the Arbor Draft?

  4. They’re really two different jib boards. Ones center reverse and blunted slightly the other is rocker and round tip.

  5. DP says:

    Thinking about getting this board. Little worried about the flat camber though. I have heard that flat boards are little more edgy then reverse boards that i have previously rode. Last year I rode a horrorscope and then an artifact rocker. Could you tell me a little more about this?

  6. Detune as needed then. What more do you want to hear the review is there it breaks it down.

  7. Marco says:

    What is better out of the Park: salomonder or k2 www?

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