I suppose this intro could have a Beastie Boys reference to Sabotage but that just seems so played out these days. Plus this is snowboarding and that is super serious business so we can’t have pop culture reference when talking about snowboard reviews of 2014 product.
Board: Salomon Sabotage
Camber Option: Flat Out Camber. It’s like traditional camber but with a few tweaks. There’s a flat zone between camber under each foot. When it’s weighted it flattens out.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Mix of sun, clouds, wind, flat light, bright light, firm snow, soft snow, icy snow, deadly chunder, you know all the fixings for a great day of spring shredding.
Flex: Softer out in the tips and a little stiffer under foot. There’s a fair amount of torsional give making it a very forgiving deck. I would station it somewhere just below a middle of the road park flex.
Stability: Charging groomers you’re fine but when you venture into rutted out terrain you’ll start to notice that this board can get bucked around. I did notice on jumps that if you didn’t land bolts the tail would fold a bit and want to wash out.
Ollies: The camber profile coupled with the blunted tip shape lets you snap so hard with this deck. Prepare yourself for some slow sign ollie action.
Pop On Jumps: There’s nothing like having a deck that makes a 15 foot jump feel like a 25 foot jump because you boosted off the lip. This is one of those decks and it doesn’t disappoint.
Butterability: The playfulness of the tips and the camber profile allow you to balance your weight perfectly and slide around on the snow with ease.
Jibbing: The sweet spot for presses on this board is immense. You can just lock in and the board just takes you to the end of the jib. The camber profile does get a little funky if you’re trying to transition around from something like a 50-50 to a board slide though.
Carving: It’s not a highly aggressive sidecut so don’t expect to be laying Euro-carves. It’s enough of a sidecut to give it some grip. On ice it does have the tendency to wash out a bit. If you really center flex the board it does have the tendency to wash out.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to jib the mountain and have pop while keeping their carving mellow.
Personal Thoughts: The problem with dealing with samples is sometimes they’re not exactly consistent. I don’t remember this board last year being so soft in the tips. That softness really changed the ride so much so when trying to center flex a board through a carve it would occasionally wash out. The boards fun but I believe the Villain is a better choice.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies rep for review.