This has to be one of the smallest powder boards I’ve ever ridden. The idea behind this board is to be able to drastically downsize while still being nimble in a banked slalom or tight tree run. Could this style of powder surfer be the future?
Board: Salomon Derby
Camber Option: Pow Rocker. Flat between the feet with more rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175
Conditions: Six inches of fresh snow on top of frozen death chunder with over cast gray skies and more snow falling from the skies.
Flex: Playful comes to mind with how this board flexes. If you’ve ever ridden a Powdersnake or Sick Stick it’s right on par with how those flex. Being slightly softer middle of the road powder decks.
Stability: Being a mid wide with a flat rocker it feels loose but it’s not. For the size it’s so stable when plowing through moguls and rutted out terrain.
Ollies/Pop: With what little tail there is you can actually snap real well. It has a porpoise effect in pow that lets you get on top of the snow.
Butterability: It’s rockered which helps but it’s a really tiny deck to be buttering around on. Even in pow the size comes into play as you just don’t have as much surface area.
Carving: You can lay a trench on this thing if you really flex into the board and get your body over it. The sidecut just wants to carve and having next to no board under you there’s so much control.
Rider in Mind: Powder hounds that want something small, agile, and fun.
Personal Thoughts: This board blew me away with how well it handled getting into varying types of powder conditions. The float from something so small was amazing and then having a solid sidecut to back it up while ripping across a groomer made it far more versatile. Would it be a daily driver? Probably not but it has potential for a serious quiver deck.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies rep.