Seems this year every company is dropping an entirely new model with some kind of hybrid camber. The good thing about Salomon is they know how to make a board and make it ride very well. Here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Salomon Villain
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Flat between the feet micro camber under foot into rocker. The idea is that you load the cambered areas and that causes the rocker to rise up.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO T1 Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny bluebird spring conditions.
Flex: Just a hair under middle of the road with slightly stiffer tips and more give between the feet.
Stability: Stable enough to bomb across frozen groomers and chopped out terrain yet not overly damp to lessen the liveliness of the ride.
Ollies: The Popster Booster in the tips gives amazing snap after initiating the camber zones.
Pop On Jumps: Popping off the lip isn’t an issue and this board is suited for small to medium sized jumps.
Butterability: Rockered tips and a slightly softer flex allow you to play around with whatever combination it is that you need to butter your muffin.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses. The flat zone between the feet gives it stability that makes you feel locked in.
Carving: Ripping hard tight turns the equilizer sidecut locks in and doesn’t feel like it’s going to cause you to wash out. Long drawn out carves aren’t an issue at all.
Rider in Mind: Medium sized park guy that wants a little hybrid camber to go all over the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: The snap in this board is amazing and for a first year model it did everything that it says it would exceptionally well. Railing turns was a breeze that lent itself for easy to set up going from feature to feature or just slaloming around the spring break tourists.
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