Camber continues to not be dead just reinvented for 2014. The Salomon Time Machine takes us back to a time when snowboards were snowboards and not technological experiments. Fire up the Delorean cause we’re going back to the future.
Board: Salomon Time Machine
Camber Option: Cross Profile. Camber between the feet with rocker in the tip and tail.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 with 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175
Conditions: Started out sunny and then the clouds moved in and snow fell from the skies. The groomers were fresh and crisp while the snow was that right consistency to lay a carve or two.
Flex: Playful between the bindings with more give in the tips. This board has a well broken in flex to it like you’ve ridden it all season which gives it that versatility to get a lot done. It definitely feels like a true center of the road flex.
Stability: You can charge with this board and it won’t get bucked around or collapse under pressure. Taking it through choppy terrain the board just absorbed everything in front of it.
Ollies: This board has a smooth consistent snap that you don’t have to fight to initiate. Any time you needed it, it was there. Over all you can boost with this deck.
Pop On Jumps: Best advice I can give is don’t preload the tail going up the lip otherwise you might go a bit further than you expected.
Butterability: The blunted shape in the tips coupled with the rocker lets you play around any way you want. It’s that consistently smooth fun shape and flex that is playful yet stable.
Jibbing: This board just locks into presses and stays there till you want to spring out. Board slides aren’t anything to worry and having a little bit of camber between the feet in my opinion just allows it to grip a board slide better.
Carving: The sidecut just works with this camber profile so well. You don’t have that feeling you get with other hybrid camber rocker profiles were it’s sluggish or doesn’t have hold. This grips right under foot and allows you to initiate edge to edge transitions with minimal efforts. Long drawn out carves are not an issue but it really excels at quick fast turns.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle guy that’s going to ollie ropes, hit a rail, slash some pow, and wants a board that feels like they’ve ridden it all their life.
Personal Thoughts: This board is amazing in terms of flex, stability, and sidecut. It might be a time machine but damn it’s just consistently awesome. Possibly one of the best decks for next season I’ve been on. Whenever you can get on a board have it feel like you’ve ridden it all season you know it’s built well.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies rep.