Board: Salomon Ultimate Ride
Camber Option: Quad Camber. Basically this is traditional camber under a new name.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of puking snow, clouds, patches of blue skies, cold temps, and a bit of wind.
Flex: This board has one of those unique flex profiles that honestly is deceiving. It’s stiff that’s for sure and aggressive. There’s some play in the tips and a lot of torsional give, but when charging you notice right away how it takes a lot to load it up.
Stability: With the camber profile and flex pattern of this board it’s designed to charge fast and hard over chunder. The only reason you’re going to get bucked is because the board ran into the side of a mogul. With that being said this board is super stable.
Ollies/Pop: The abundance of camber in it coupled with the overall design lets this board pop hard, and I mean hard. I spent the day ollieing over bushes, ropes, and rocks while slashing the shit out of some pow.
Butterability: Go fast, press hard, and bring your man pants because you need to be on point to butter this stick.
Carving: If there was a groomer I would have carved it but everything was covered under a foot or more of snow. I got into some packed down snow and it held an edge exceptionally well. I think this thing would rip on a groomer, but alas I didn’t get the right conditions to test it out.
Rider in Mind: Bode Merril or someone that wants a stiff, hard charging cambered all mountain stick.
Personal Thoughts: Every time Bode releases a new board I test it. Every time I find myself saying “this is too much board for me”, this was no different. It’s a fun smooth ride, but holy hell does it take a lot out of you to work it.
Comparable Boards: Jones Ultra Mountain Twin, Rossignol Jibsaw HD, Capita DOA
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This board was loaned to us for review from Salomon Snowboards marketing department.