The Villain is one of those boards that gets noticed on other media outlets as being a Salomon team choice. Why is that? Perhaps it is one of those boards that can do it all or maybe it’s just their talent. Here’s the review you should read it.
Board: Salomon Villain
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Flat between the feet, camber zone under feet, rocker in the tips. Just a giant hybrid of camber going on there.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny warm spring laps in the park with friends. Winds were a bit moderate from time to time.
Flex: Softer in the tips stiffening up under foot then softening up again between the feet. Over all it’s a somewhere in the middle of the road park flex for someone my weight.
Stability: It’s as stable as a board designed like this can be. By that I mean I wouldn’t charge through a rutted out mogul field out run from a cliff drop, but for cruising around the mountain it’s not an issue.
Ollies: The board has snap and as it should if you’ve seen who on the Salomon team is backing it. Load the tips and pop that’s how this board gets down.
Pop On Jumps: This deck is not afraid of jumps in the slightest it does what it needs to do to get the job done. Small to medium to even some big jumps are not going to be an issue with this at all.
Butterability: The slightly blunted shape coupled with its camber profile and flex pattern allows you to get up on the tips and spin around while center flexing the board. Basically if you can ride you can butter this without an issue.
Jibbing: The flat spot in the tips locks in exceptionally well for presses and makes you feel like you’ve been doing it your whole life on this board. With the softer flex between the feet board slides lock in with ease and allow you to keep on keeping on.
Carving: Come in hot, center flex the board, and drive that back knee forward which gives you the making for an exceptional hard carve. It’s a board you can control on edge and decide if you want to go deep (that’s what she said) or just keep it mellow.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestylist that’s going from park to pow to groomers and back for more.
Personal Thoughts: This board just does not disappoint with its versatility. You can take it anywhere and not have to worry that it’s too little or too much board. The camber profile is forgiving but stable and doesn’t buck you when you get a little too gnarly for your own good.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies rep.