Board: Salomon Pulse
Camber Option: Flat Out Camber. This is camber 2.0 as we know it as it doesn’t have the center arc of traditional camber and is more flat through the middle till the downward angles that give the spring.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, no wind, warm spring like temps, and snow that some might say was corn like.
Flex: This board isn’t as soft as a jib deck but not as stiff as a well rounded park board. It’s very playful with a lot of flex in the tips and dead center. This makes twisting the board while transitioning from edge to edge a breeze.
Stability: This board isn’t stable, it’s not designed to be stable. You will feel everything with it and I mean EVERYTHING!
Ollies: This board had a surprising amount of snap for how soft it was. You could really load it up and the board would just spring off anything in its path.
Pop On Jumps: Keep it to the small and medium line and you will be alright. Push it to anything past that and the limits of the board will be hit and you’ll suffer. It did have great pop which was nice for boosting off the lip.
Butterability: This board is designed to be spun around on snow like a hot knife through a tub of margarine. You can do any variation you want and not worry.
Jibbing: This board is at home on all kinds of features and locks into presses with ease. Want to send it and gap, go for it. Want to just be mellow and lazy, go for it.
Carving: Don’t expect to hammer any hard carves on this without the tail washing out just a bit. It’s designed for mellow carves and quick turns.
Rider in Mind: Someone just starting out that’s going to quickly progress with a more freestyle focus.
Personal Thoughts: To say I had fun on this board is an understatement. This board was a blast to ride. Yes it’s a beginner board. Yes, I am riding at a level beyond it. But it was a blast it handled the terrain perfectly and wanted to do more.
Comparable Boards: DC Focus, Flow Merc, Rossignol District
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This board was loaned to us for review by Salomon Snowboards marketing department.