Are you a man? Maybe the manliest man that has ever lived? Do you catch fish with your bare hand? Can you call an eagle from a 1000 miles away? Do you have a beard? Well if you answered yes to all of these then this should be your snowboard of choice. If you’re not a man just stop reading now.
Board: Salomon Mans Board
Camber Option: Cross Profile. Camber between the feet and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175
Conditions: Sunny with a slight mix of clouds. 9 new inches of snow had fallen in the last 24 hours and it was that typical light and fluffy Colorado snow.
Flex: There’s a reason they call it the Mans Board. It’s a stiffer twin making it ideal for charging don’t expect as much give as other boards in the Salomon line up. The flex is consistently stiff I didn’t find one spot where there was more or less give.
Stability: This board is damp and stable yet lively. When charging through mogul fields covered in pow it sucked up any chatter and dropping off random poppers or bush gaps it took landings like a champ.
Ollies: There’s a fair amount of snap out of this deck which makes it ideal for popping off natural features.
Pop On Jumps: If you’re Bode you can send it to the moon. This board excels at hitting jumps.
Butterability: Not this boards strong suit the flex just doesn’t work well with playing around. High speed pow butters might be more up its alley. So unless you wake up and scream, “I am all that is man” this might not be the board to try butters on.
Jibbing: Much like buttering do able but not its strong suit. The flat spot in the blunted tips does lock in nice for presses but due to the flex you have to work it twice as hard.
Carving: The sidecut on this is designed to rip and grip. You can leave a trench in your wake as you plow down the hill running over man, woman, and small children. Just push that back knee in to center flex the board and feel the arc of awesomeness across the snow.
Rider in Mind: Bode Merril or someone like him. Seriously look into it that’s who this board is for.
Personal Thoughts: The flex pattern is still too much for me even with a healed knee. The shape is amazing and lends itself to powder/all mountain riding nicely. Over all if you’re a heavier guy you might like it but for someone in the middle of the weight range it’s too much work to be a daily driver in my opinion.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies Rep.