The Assassin from Salomon is a completely new board being introduced for 2014. The purpose of this board is to replace the Grip, a board that destroyed powder and everything in between. Here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Salomon Assassin
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Camber under foot into rocker in the tips so when it’s weighted it’s like a reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: They reported nine new inches of fresh powder but it was more like 16 in spots. The day before had been real warm and wind scoured which made for a nice firm bottom under all that light snow.
Flex: It’s stiffer through the cambered section then softens up in the tips. This board is the combination of the Sick Stick and Villain which makes it stable yet playful for powder freestyle. Over all the flex is a bit more aggressive for charging harder especially in the backcountry.
Stability: Getting into the choppy terrain under the snow put this board to the test. Flying down a pow run out from a 15 foot drop through frozen moguls of death the board didn’t buck me and the level of chatter under foot was minimal. This is probably due to the cork in the sidewall.
Ollies: The board has some snap in it. Adding camber into a rocker like this you can load the camber causing the rocker to initiate and pop much like a skateboard.
Pop On Jumps: I got to send one jump with it and it was awesome. This board is built for BC booters and powder freestyle.
Butterability: The flex in the tips lets you get over the board when playing around with a butter. You do have to be on top of your game to get the camber to load the way you want. Over all not a 100% butter friendly board but still do able.
Jibbing: Yeah it was a pow day I slashed the side of the jibs instead.
Carving: With the Equalizer sidecut you can dig it in and lay a hard carve. This board locks in and rips through terrain without getting washed out when you center flex the board.
Rider in Mind: Powder hound that still likes to get down with some freestyle.
Personal Thoughts: This board basically replaced The Grip a deck I’ve owned. While I’m sad to see it go this board makes up for that ones short comings with edge hold and stability on hard pack. Although I’m not a fan of camber the combination this one has for the type of terrain it’s designed for is perfect.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from Salomon Snowboards Rockies rep.