2014 Salomon Sabotage Snowboard Used and Reviewed

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.

2014 Salomon Sabotage Topsheet

Board: Salomon Sabotage

Size: 156

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

Resort: Breckenridge

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.

2014 Salomon Sabotage Base

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.

16 Comments

  1. Jack says:

    Hi

    I ride park but mostly big kickers with some rail riding, like slopestlye but i don’t go and find rail spots to hit. Also i like charging the mountain on a stable board that can handle the rest of the mountain and pow. Would you recommend this board or the Rome Mod Camber? Or suggest a different board?

    Thanks!

  2. I would go with the Mod over this.

  3. Jamie says:

    Thanks for the review. I went for a Villain Classicks 158 last year (I’m around 14lbs lighter than you). I generally really liked it apart from when completely flat at high speed (40mph ish), it would be a bit twitchy an wobble. Historically I ride a Burton Custom X. Would you say the Sabotage is more stable on the flat due to the flat out camber or am I best sticking to the Villain? I’m also temples by the Assassin but am just getting into spins etc.

  4. You might be better off looking at the Time Machine from Salomon instead.

  5. BenG says:

    The Official from Salomon is also a great choice. It’s more responsive than the Sabotage but will do well when jibbing, just don’t expect to nail every lipslide or press because it’s stiff like the Sabotage. It handles high speeds extremely well, I’ve taken it off huge kickers at Keystone and loved it. Spend that little extra and grab an Official.

  6. Jamie says:

    Thanks both, hadn’t heard of the Time Machine or The Official… too many choices; thought I’d narrowed it down to two.

    Going to go look at those two boards but just out of interest, would you say the Sabotage would be less twitchy on the flat than the Villain. I still have my Custom X for pow days.

  7. Jamie they kind of overlap and feel very similar.

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  9. Daniel says:

    For mainly progressing freestyle/park riding including buttering but a lot of pop and forgiveness would you pick this board or the Rome artifact positive camber?

  10. Daniel says:

    Which one would you say is softer?

  11. Artifact. Although flex ratings are a little bit subjective.

  12. Jesse says:

    Hey, thanks for this review. If you were buying a board strictly for the park for next season, would you go with the sabotage, villian or something else altogether that would cost about the same?

  13. There’s a bunch of factors that question so really would come down to where I was riding, what I valued riding more at where I was riding, and where I would expect to take my riding.

  14. Pecs says:

    Comparing The Villain Classicks and The Sabotage what is the more flexible? I heard that despite catalogues Sabotage seems more flexible. I’d like a table for jibbing and slopes freestyle, because i’m an entry level freestyler. What do you reccomend?

  15. That is correct the Sabotage does feel softer. I’d get the Sabotage if I were you.

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