Do you love riding rails? Do you love soft floppy snowboards? Is Jed Anderson or Chris Grenier your idol? Well if you answered yes to any of these questions then you might want to check out this review of the 2015 Salomon Salomonder snowboard.
Board: Salomon Salomonder
Camber Option: Super Flat. Neither reverse nor positive camber.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Mix of sun and clouds with high winds and snow that had the consistency of well whipped mashed potatoes.
Flex: It’s a jib board what do you expect? It’s super soft in the tips and only slightly stiffer under and through the middle to add just a hair of support.
Stability: You can feel everything in this board. I mean everything. The idea of stability is thrown out the window it’s a soft jib board.
Ollies: The snap out of the tips is really lazy due to the softer flex. Don’t expect to really boost from the board itself it’s all natural ability.
Pop On Jumps: Small jumps this thing is fine but once you start expecting to hit something bigger it’s going to come down to how confident you feel on a noodle.
Butterability: This board just wants to swirl some butter all over the hill. The flat camber and softer flex just let you play around.
Jibbing: This is what this board is meant for. The blunt tip shape and softer flex lock into presses with ease. You can just go for it and not worry that this board won’t bend to your every beck and call on a feature.
Carving: Surprisingly the sidecut really does let you lay into a hard carve. If you know how to center flex a soft board you can make it dig in and arc around on soft snow. On firmer snow it’ll buck. At times it can be hooky in a carve if you’re not paying attention and really trying to drive it with your back foot.
Rider in Mind: The jib kid that would ride this all over at a small mountain, or might occasionally push it to the limits on a bigger hill.
Personal Thoughts: It was like Deja Vù riding this board in Brecks parks. It’s just consistently the same and predictable which isn’t a bad thing. If you know you want a soft board to play around on then this is it, if you want more you might want to look at the Villain or Sabotage.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies Rep. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.