Board: Salomon Sabotage
Camber Option: Flat Out Camber. This is camber 2.0. Instead of a traditional arc the board is flat between the feet through the insert packs, then gets its rise from a downward kink before the tip kicks.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, temps ranging from the mid 30’s to mid 40’s. The snow was heavy, slightly slushy, and fast.
Flex: Softer tips give way to a more playful feel in the nose and tail, then it stiffens up under the insert packs, and gets just a hair softer between the feet in the dead middle.
Stability: Would I point a giant mogul field of death while screaming “Yippie Ki Yay” like John McClain? No, but I’m confident in saying that on groomed runs this board is solid. You might notice chatter at higher speeds in varying terrain as this board is designed more for the park rider or guy playing around on side hits outside the park.
Ollies: The new Slingshot Sidewall is noticeable when popping off an edge. Compared to last years board it seems to have just a hair more pop. The Flat Out Camber also gives this board pop, you don’t have to pre-load it like you would traditional camber to get the snap. Slow signs are the enemy, this board is your friend. Pop over them and get past their oppression.
Pop On Jumps: Small to medium and even large jumps will be no problem with this deck. It absorbs the tranny of the lip and gives you ample snap to boost to the high heavens. You don’t think you can clear that weird misshapen lip of that death jump in your terrain park? Well think again, this board will get you there as long as you understand speed and spatial relationships.
Butterability: The softer tips with their blunt shape are great for buttering. Just pop, land, and press. It really is that simple. The cambered profile of this board gives you a little fight, which is great it makes you work for that ground press which in turn can help turn you into a stronger rider.
Jibbing: This board slides so well. Getting sideways on a feature isn’t an issue and if you fear the boardslide all I can say is DON’T. The tips are great for presses and while it is easy to land in a nose or tail press the camber profile makes you work to stay locked. Don’t expect to cheat this like you would with some other alternate camber profile.
Carving: I say this often and I’ll say it again, Rip it and grip it! This board locks into hard carves in the soft snow. Once in a while I would hit an icy patch in the shade and if I was driving the board through the arc of the carve I would notice the tail wash out. This is a result of it being a more park oriented flex than an all mountain. Knowing this after a few tries I found the sweet spot and was railing turns on my way to the park.
Rider in Mind: The park rider that does it all and needs something that is playful on the slopes when not launching jumps or bashing rails.
Personal Thoughts: This is the fifth time I’ve ridden a Sabotage for review. Every year it is consistently fun and playful, which makes it always stick out as one of those decks that should get more love from the rest of the snowboard industry, but for whatever reason the marketing isn’t there. I noticed the addition of the Slingshot Sidewall and could feel the added snap off the edge. That was not a gimmick. The Flat Out Camber profile isn’t as aggressive on the knees as traditional camber from the load and unload factor, which is nice at the end of the day.
Comparable Boards: Interior Plain Project Harrow, Yes Basic, Rome Gangplank
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