Oh Yeah! Oh wait no this isn’t a Kool-Aid man commercial, this is a snowboard review for the 2014 Salomon snowboard of the same name. For all you ladies looking at a more park oriented shred stick that is reverse camber you should see what Zara has to say about this.
Board: Salomon Oh Yeah
Camber Option: Full Reverse. Put it flat on the floor and watch it bend up at both ends.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pure
Stance: 21 Wide 15 Negative 15 Regular
Boots: Salomon Kianna Size 6
My Weight: 148
Conditions: Sun, fresh perfect groomers, and those great Colorado conditions everyone always talks about.
Flex: This board sits in that range of flex that’s somewhere above jib/entry level but below true middle of the road. Which makes for a nice and playful forgiving board you can push a little harder.
Stability: For playing around this board is stable but when charging hard and hitting the big rollers of Copper you might want to look at something else.
Ollies: There is so much snap in this board you can just boost off anything and not worry.
Pop On Jumps: Being that this board is full reverse you might worry about it on jumps, relax this board is designed to hit jumps and keep you happy.
Butterability: Spreading some margarine all over the slopes was easy with this board. It just oozes buttery goodness with its playful flex pattern.
Jibbing: If this site believed in numerical scores I would give it a ten, but because it doesn’t I have to say how amazing this thing is for pressing rails and boxes. Locking into slides came with ease. Over all you can get down on this board in the rail line without any hesitation.
Carving: With a board as soft and playful as the Oh Yeah, it is going to respond to everything. Every bump, roller, individual corduroy, and scary ice patch of death. At higher speeds the board is a bit squirrely. This is not the board to go racing on, but is incredibly responsive in the trees which is a plus when you’re going mach 10 through all the various ruts, bumps, and berms.
Rider in Mind: This board was made to flex, pop, and make you smile. If you want to get your jib on and play around and the lower speeds and enjoy ever side hit this one is for you. Also, newbie riders might like the ease of flex when learning how to your feet under you.
Personal Thoughts: I would have loved to grab this board for a few days and do nothing but park laps. For a full reverse, the linear side cut still lends some of the control under foot back. Big fan of the Oh Yeah for my playful friends, not those who want to break the sound barrier.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from Salomon Snowboards Rockies rep.